The Christian Shema: What About the Holy Spirit?

In the previous segment (, I had discussed the following text,

“And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day there shall be one Lord, and his name one (to onoma autou hen),” Zechariah 14:9

To show that Yahweh is said to be only one. Here I want to emphasize the fact that this verse also affirms that Yahweh’s name is one since this is where it becomes quite interesting.

According to the inspired Christian Scriptures, that one name of Yahweh is equally shared by three distinct Persons, namely, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit:

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the NAME of the Father and of the Son AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT,” Matthew 28:19

The implications of our risen Lord’s words are crystal clear. By uniting the three divine Persons under a single name, Christ was essentially affirming that the one Lord of Israel, the one who alone is Yahweh, exists as a tri-Personal Being.

The Baptismal “formula” basically ascribes a threefold Personality to Yahweh, in that Yahweh is now identified as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. As the late great Princeton theologian Benjamin B. Warfield explained it:More