The Tetragrammaton

In Christianity, believers share in the concept that there is but one true God. This belief, known as monotheism, states that not only is the God the only God, all others claiming deity are false. Either they are simply made up or they are some lesser being claiming worship that is not due them. Christians, and Jews, have identified this true God, the one above all others, as YHWH.

This unpronounceable word, often rendered Yahweh or Jehovah, helps us identify who we claim as the only true God: “He Who Is” or “He Who Brings Being into Being”. The name YHWH helps us connect the God of Moses to Jesus, both having claimed the title, “I Am”. Further, the Name begins to introduce believers to the theology of a triune god (One being with three persons) since one of its claimants (Jesus) indicates the presence of the other two when he commands his disciples to pray in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The identity of our Lord is important for every Christian to be familiar with. By using the name, YHWH, we recognize not only the deity we worship but also declare that no other is sufficient for worship. We observe that others have come and gone, having challenged the Lord with their own lordships, and still the Name Above All Names persists, lending even further credit to the identity, I Am that I Am. Finally, we establish that our God is not the creation of a first century cult but actually the God of the Jews having come to fulfill the promises he made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as well as to David, Solomon, and the Prophets.

This is worthy of praise, that our Lord should see fit to honor us with His name, providing clarity for his identity and establishing his eternal presence. In the name of YHWH, the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, give thanks that you know who your God is, worshiping with glad spirit. For today is a good day to be in the Courts of YHWH.

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