The answer to the question posed in [I Am Not That I Am — Part 1/3] is comprised of two parts:
- The many names of Jesus Christ are appropriately applied to Him even prior to His having fulfilled the task implicit in the name.
- The many names of Jesus Christ first applied to and continue to apply to His Father.
You probably don’t require any elaboration, but let’s make sure we are “on the same page.”
A Name Out of Time
In this temporal world, sequence is critical. If we accept Joseph Smith’s statement that (highlights added):
The great Jehovah contemplated the whole of the events connected with the earth, pertaining to the plan of salvation, before it rolled into existence, or ever “the morning stars sang together” for joy; the past, the present, and the future were and are, with Him, one eternal “now;” He knew of the fall of Adam, the iniquities of the antediluvians, of the depth of iniquity that would be connected with the human family, their weakness and strength, their power and glory, apostasies, their crimes, their righteousness and iniquity; He comprehended the fall of man, and his redemption; He knew the plan of salvation and pointed it out; He was acquainted with the situation of all nations and with their destiny; He ordered all things according to the council of His own will; He knows the situation of both the living and the dead, and has made ample provision for their redemption, according to their several circumstances, and the laws of the kingdom of God, whether in this world, or in the world to come,TPJS, 4, Plan of Salvation Before the World Was ¶1 • TPJS p. 220 ¶1
then it is fully consistent that His prophets might have referred to the Messiah as such prior to His birth, His atonement, His ascension and His return in glory.
Like Son Like Father
If we accept that The Son did nothing but that which He saw The Father do, we must presume that The Father did all things that The Son did (see: John 5:19 – 30). The Father, therefore, earned the right to every name by which we know the Son. While we won’t pursue it here, we can presume the same for The Grandfather, The Great Grandfather, and All The Fathers to which our hearts must be bound (see: Mal 4:6).
A Rose By Any Other Name
We are therefore left with a certain problem, if every rose is called Rose, how exactly do we differentiate between them?
In the Part 3, I will be using all caps to identify Yeshua’s FATHER: JEHOVAH, THE FATHER; GOD, etc. I will use leading caps to identify Yeshua: Jehovah, Jesus Christ, The Very Eternal Father, The Savior, God, etc.
Since Hebrew has no capital letters, I will use “jehovah” and “elohim”, etc., when referring to those names/titles in the Old Testament, so as to avoid biasing the interpretation thereof. Therefore, I would refer to “The Lord” as recorded in most places (all places?) in the King James version (and many other versions) of the Bible, as jehovah.
Joy has suggested that when communicating verbally, we might use Father Ahman and Son Ahman to appropriately differentiate in the future. Might be a good idea.