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Who Do You Say That I Am?

 Y’shua having been born a Jew and raised by Torah observant, Jewish parents would have been immersed in the understanding that G-d is one and is indivisible. One of the first things he would have been taught as a small child would have been the Sh’ma, the foundation of all Judaism, “Hear O Israel the L-RD our G-d the L-RD is one.” (Sh’ma Yisrael Ad-nai El-heynu, Ad-nai echad). The core of Y’shua’steachings was Jewish, and his message was purely messianic. His statements concerning himself were completely in keeping with the Tanach. He was the Mashiach, and when he asked Shimon, “Who do you say that I am?” and Shimon answered, “You are the Mashiach, the Son of the Living G-d.” Y’shua’s response to Shimon was in keeping with the implied assertion that he was the Mashiach and nothing more.Y’shua not only agreed with Shimon’s statement, but he confirmed to him that he didn’t come up with this answer on his own but it was revealed to him by his Heavenly Father.

 The following statement by Rabbi J. H. Hurtz shows the attitude of the Jewish people toward the concept of the Trinity and their belief about monotheism:

“The belief that G-d is made up of several personalities such as the Christian belief in the Trinity is a departure from the pure conception of the unity of G-d. Israel has throughout the ages rejected everything that marred or obscured the conception of pure monotheism it has given the world, and rather than admit any weakening of it, Jews are prepared to wander, to suffer, to die.” (Rabbi J. H. Hurtz) [2]

 Y’shua never claimed to be G-d!
 If we examine the Gospel of John we will see that the primary purpose of John’s book was to convey to the readers that Y’shua was “the Mashiach, the Son of G-d.” [“Son of G-d” a recognized synonym for Messiah and an idiom used for the kings of Israel, See Jn. 1:49; Hebrew parallelism]. (Jn.20:31) and in a clear statement made by Y’shua himself we see that he came to proclaim “the only true G-d” and theMashiach that He (G-d) sent; (ibid 17:3; cp. 5:44; 6:27) making a clear distinction between himself and
G-d.
 If we are to believe that John is asserting that Y’shua is co-equal with G-d, in the Trinitarian sense, we would have to believe that John is implying something that is completely contradictory to the Tanach and to the belief of Y’shua, by his own declaration, that only the Father is truly G-d (John 5;44; 17;3).

It must be stated that Anthony is not affiliated with Mikveh Yisrael Congregation, and any comments or questions concerning this paper should be directed to Rabbi@mikvehyisrael.com

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