Isaiah 61:1 — The Spirit of Jehovah On the Anointed One

The Spirit of the Lord Jehovah is on Me, because Jehovah has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the meek. He has sent Me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, and complete opening to the bound ones; – (Isaiah 61:1, Green’s Literal)

Isaiah 61:1 is often cited by trinitarians as an alleged reference to the trinity in the Old Testament. The claim is that all three alleged persons of the alleged triune God are mentioned in this verse, and thus it is claimed as a reference to the trinity. Actually there is nothing in the verse at all about the trinity, nor is there any reference to three persons of the alleged trinity.

What we do find is that, Jehovah, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Exodus 3:15) is being presented unipersonally as He is throughout the Bible. Jehovah is not presented as three persons, so what the trinitarian has to imagine and assume regarding the verse is that “Jehovah” is not speaking of the three persons of “Jehovah”, but only of the assumed “first person” of their assumed trinitarian dogma, and read their assumption into what is being said.

Then as respects the one being anointed by Jehovah, they have imagine and assume that this is really the second person of Jehovah being anointed by the assumed first person of Jehovah, and then they have add that assumption to, and read that assumption into, what is actually said.

Then as respects the spirit by which is placed upon the one anointed, the trinitarian has to imagine and assume that “spirit” is speaking of their imagined “third person” of Jehovah, and that therefore the assumed third person of Jehovah is placed by the assumed first person of Jehovah upon the assumed second person of Jehovah, and then all of these assumptions have to added to, and read into, what is being stated.

So what the trinitarian actually presents as evidence of the trinity, is not what is actually said in the scripture, but what has to be imagined, assumed, added to, and read into, what is said in the scripture.

In reality, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Jehovah/Yahweh) is presented here as He is presented throughout both the Old and New Testaments, that is, as one person, and the one anointed by that one person is exclusive of Jehovah who anointed him.

The spirit of Jehovah is put on the one anointed. The expression itself indicates that this is not a person; it is, however, the personal power of the one to whom the spirit belongs to. There is no indication, here or anywhere else in the Bible, that the personal spirit of Jehovah is a separate and distinct person of Jehovah.

God, by means of his holy spirit, reveals through the scriptures that Jehovah (Yahweh) is unipersonally the only true God, the God and Father of the Lord Jesus. Jesus has One who is the Supreme Being over him; Jesus is not his Supreme Being whom he worships, prays to, and who sent him, and whose will he carried out in willful obedience. — Deuteronomy 18:15-19; Matthew 4:4 (Deuteronomy 8:3; Luke 4:4); Matthew 4:7 (Deuteronomy 6:16); Matthew 4:10 (Exodus 20:3-5; 34:14; Deuteronomy 6:13,14; 10:20; Luke 4:8); Matthew 22:29-40; Matthew 26:42; Matthew 27:46; Mark 10:6 (Genesis 1:27; Genesis 2:7,20-23); Mark 14:36; 15:34; Luke 22:42; John 4:3; 5:30; 6:38; 17:1,3; 20:17; Romans 15:6; 2 Corinthians 1:3; 11:31; Ephesians 1:3,17; Hebrews 1:9; 10:7; 1 Peter 1:3; Revelation 2:7; 3:2,12.

God, by means of his holy spirit, reveals through the scriptures that Jesus is anointed [made christ, the anointed one] by his unipersonal God, Jehovah. He is not Jehovah who thus anoints him. — Psalm 2:2; 45:7; Isaiah 61:1; Acts 2:36; 4:27; 10:38.

Originally published on this site December 3, 2009; updated and republished February 16, 2015.

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