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It is believed at this day in the Christian Churches that God, the Creator of the universe, beget a Son from eternity, who descended and assumed a human in order to redeem and save mankind. This, however, is erroneous, and cannot be upheld when it is considered that God is one, and that it is utterly opposed to reason to say that the one God beget a Son from eternity, and that God the Father, together with the Son and the Holy Spirit, each of whom separately is God, is one God. This absurd belief is completely dissipated, like a falling star in the air, when it is shown from the Word that Jehovah God Himself descended and became Man and also the Redeemer.

[2] The first point, that Jehovah God Himself descended and became Man, is evident from the following passages:

"Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and shall bear a son, who shall be called God with us (A.V., Immanuel)" Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23.

"Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful,...the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace" Isaiah 9:6.

"It shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us: this is JEHOVAH; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation" Isaiah 25:9.

"The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, prepare ye the way of JEHOVAH, make straight in the desert a highway for our God,... and all flesh shall see it together" Isaiah 40:3, 6.

"Behold, the Lord Jehovih (A.V., Lord God), will come with strong hand, and His arm shall rule for Him; behold, His reward is with Him... He shall feed His flock like a shepherd" Isaiah 40:10-11.

"Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith JEHOVAH: and many nations shall be joined to JEHOVAH in that day" Zechariah 2:10-11.

"I JEHOVAH have called thee in righteousness,... and will give thee for a covenant to the people... I am JEHOVAH; that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another" Isaiah 42:6, 8.

"Behold the days come,... that I will raise unto David a righteous branch, and a king shall reign... and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth,... and this is His name... JEHOVAH our righteousness" Jeremiah 23:6, 6; 33:15-16.

Besides these there are other passages where the Coming of the Lord is called the Day of Jehovah, as Isaiah 13:6, 9, 13; Ezekiel 31:15; Joel 1:15; 2:1, 11; 3:1, 14, 18; Amos 5:13, 18, 20; Zephaniah 1:7-18; Zechariah 14:1, 4-21; and in other places.

(References: Isaiah 13:22, 40:5, 42:6-8; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Joel 2:1-2; Matthew 1:22-23)

[3] That Jehovah Himself descended and assumed the Human is clearly evident in Luke, where it is written:

"Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God" Luke 1:34-35.

And in Matthew:

The angel said to Joseph, the husband of Mary, in a dream, that what was conceived in her was of the Holy Spirit. And Joseph knew her not till she had brought forth her son: "And he called His name Jesus" 1:20-25.

It will be seen in the third chapter of this work that by the Holy Spirit is meant the Divine which proceeds from Jehovah God. Everyone knows that a child receives his soul and life from his father, and that the body is from the soul. What then is more clearly stated than that the Lord received His soul and life from Jehovah God? And since the Divine cannot be divided, what is more evident than that the Divine itself of the Father was His soul and life? It was for this reason that the Lord so often called Jehovah God His Father, and Jehovah God called Him His own Son. What, then, could one hear more unreasonable than that the soul of our Lord was derived from Mary, His mother, as both Roman Catholics and Protestants at this day affirm, as in a dream, not being as yet awakened by the light of the Word?

(References: Matthew 1:20, Matthew 1:25)

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