Gnostic Doctrine

Monday, 3 September 2018

Yahweh Elohim

He existed before anything other than himself came into being. The Father is singular while being many, for he is the first one and the one who is only himself.  Yet he is not like a solitary individual. Otherwise, how could he be a father? For whenever there is a "father," the name "son" follows. But the single one, who alone is the Father, is like a root, with tree, branches and fruit.

The Tripartite Tractate

The name of Yahweh is constantly associated with other terms, the most usual being the combination Yahweh Elohim.  Together they mean he who shall (or will) be Mighty Ones, and may be taken as a description of the ideas concerning the multitudinous manifestation of the divine name.

The first occurrence of Yahweh Elohim is very significant. “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that Yahweh Elohim made the earth and the heavens” (Gen 2:4). It is in the section thus commenced, and which reaches to Gen 3:24, that sin and redemption are referred to for the first time. The combination is constantly used in this section, whereas it only occurs nine times in the remainder of the book of Genesis. Such a remarkable fact must be intentional.

The entrance of sin into the world marked the apparent failure of the work of the Elohim. Man, who had been created in their image failed to reflect their moral likeness, and was sentenced to return to the dust from which he had been formed. But the failure was not to be the end. Indeed, God’s purpose cannot fail, and that truth is involved in the very title used. “I will be mighty ones,” it declares, and in the section it is indicated how this shall be. “I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; it shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel” (Gen 3:15).

It was not much in itself, but later revelation enables us to construct the plan whereby the man whom Yahweh made strong for Himself (Ps 80:17), was the Arm of Yahweh to bring salvation to a multitude who should attain unto more than Adam forfeited by his sin. He lost life and the possession of a perfect human organisation. They attain unto life eternal and a participation in the Divine nature.

They will then be partaker of the Divine nature,' having been called out from the mass of mankind to be a people for the Name (Acts 15:14). Each saint attaining unto that position will be an Eloah, or a Mighty One; whilst combined they will constitute Elohim, or Mighty Ones. These titles will be applied to them because they will manifest the Divine power. Thus Isaiah represents the nations making supplication unto Cyrus (who was a type of Christ) saying: "Surely God (El - the Divine power) is in you" (Isa 45:14; Ps 82:6; Rom 5:2 1 John 3:2; John 17:24; Rom 8:17; 2 Pet 1:4).

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