One vital phenomenon which we cannot afford to downplay, ignore or overlook about our God, is His passion and value, not just for names, but for accurate and specific names.
Gen 17:1-5 says: “And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said… As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee”.
Three vital lessons could be drawn from the above scripture. (1) The fact that God changed Abraham’s name at a very old age (ninety-nine years), shows that God does not wave aside name issues. He takes them seriously. (2) The fact that Abraham’s new name was tied to the fulfilment of God’s promise in his life, shows that without the accurate or specific name, God’s plans and purposes in our lives will not be realized. (3) The fact that “Abram” was changed to “Abraham”, shows that until the name is exactly what it should be, it is unacceptable. Abram looks like the short form of Abraham yet God changed it. This is a very crucial lesson for us to learn from. We cannot call our God just any name of our choice. Exo 20:7 says “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain”.
One day, Jacob ‘wrestled with an angel’ because he desired to be blessed. The following transpired when the angel wanted to leave: “And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel…” – Gen 32:26-28.Jacob asked for blessing and all the angel did was change his name. Meaning, the blessing could only be obtained via the right name. God reappeared to Jacob (three chapters after) and insisted that he used his new name!“And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padanaram, and blessed him. And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel” – Gen 35:9-10.Godwas saying: names are big deals so do not toy with them. Use the right name!
Another essential truth about naming is that, the lesser is named by the higher and not the other way round. Fathers name their children; children do not name their father. You put name on the things you own and not the other way round. God told Adam to name the animals because they had become his (Gen 2:19-20). Adam named Eve because he was the leader in that relationship (Gen 2:23-24). Beloved, as it is unethical for children to decide the name their father should bear, so is it unethical to call our God ‘Trinity’ (a humanly coined name).
The word ‘Trinity’ is irrelevant in Christian doctrine because, what it seeks to explain is what the Holy Ghost explains with the word “Diversity”. “And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all” – 1 Cor 12:6.“DIVERSITY” is the scriptural word ‘Trinity’ has been used to replace! Maintaining ‘Trinity’ as God’s name shows our lack of fear of God, considering the fact that He has instructed severally in Scriptures that private words should not be added to His inspired words (2 Pet 1:20-21; Rev 22:18; Pro 30:6; Eccl 3:14).
God is the one who provides divine names not men. Our Lord Jesus brought His name from heaven. No man was involved! When John the Baptist was born, God refused the name men wanted to give him, and gave him His choice name (Lk 1:59-66). ‘Trinity’ is not God’s choice word. His choice word is “Diversity”. Diversity and Trinity have different meanings. ‘Diversity’ says Father, Son and Holy Ghost are diverse operations of ONE God. ‘Trinity’ says Father, Son and Holy Ghost are three persons united as ONE God. The ‘popular’ diagram used to represent ‘Trinity’ shows that the ‘Son’ is neither the ‘Father’ nor the ‘Holy Ghost’. This of course is not scriptural.
JESUS IS THE FATHER
‘Scriptures’ calls the SON the Mighty God and the Everlasting FATHER (Isa 9:6). ‘Scriptures’ says The Saviour (Jesus the Son) is God in disguise (Isa 45:15). ‘Scriptures’ ascribes the title “First and Last” to both the Father and the Son (Isa 44:6; Rev 2:8)The ‘Scriptures’ calls the Son “Lord God Almighty” (Rev 4:8). These do not just make the Son the same person as the Father but also prove ‘Trinity’ (which says the Son is neither the Father nor the Holy Ghost) wrong.
JESUS IS THE HOLY GHOST
Is the Son the same as the Holy Ghost? Of course the answer is a sounding YES! 2 Cor 3:17 says “Now the Lord is that Spirit…” Meaning, Jesus is the Holy Spirit. Jesus said “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you” – Jn 14:18. Meaning Jesus is the same as the Comforter. He went on to say “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” – Matt 18:20. That of course makes Jesus the Holy Ghost. At new birth who do we invite into our heart? JESUS! But whose temple are we? The HOLY SPIRIT! (1 Cor 6:19). All these scriptures make ‘Trinity’ a big error!
Moses was wise. He made sure God Himself told him His name (Exo 3:13). JEHOVAH is God’s redemptive name in the Old Testament (Exo 6:1-3). He changed it to JESUS in the New Testament (Matt 1:21). Isa 12:2 says “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is…become my salvation”. The Lord Jehovah has become our JESUS. When Jesus sent His disciples to baptize in the NAME of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost (Matt 28:19), He expected them to catch a revelation of the NAME of the person who operates in those capabilities. And yes they did! They simply baptized in the name of JESUS (Acts 2:38; Acts 8:16; Acts 19:5)! Beloved, children do not have the right to name their Father. Trinity is unethical, disrespectful and unacceptable! Replace it with Diversity!