What’s In a Name?

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Jesus has received the Name above every Name as Lord of Lords and King of Kings!

This doesn’t mean that the word “Jesus” is positioned at the top of a totem-pole like structure with all other names engraved underneath it. David declared the Name of the Lord is like a strong tower that the righteous run into but, we don’t build towers shaped in his name and take refuge in them during times of trouble.

The literal name of Jesus is only a word. It’s only an English version of the Greek version of the Hebrew word “Yeshua” which means “the Lord is salvation” or “the Lord saves”. Yes, we speak the word Jesus but, that’s not his name. There is a movement that is losing ground today that believes we need to pronounce the Lord’s name in the original Hebrew tongue. I know because, I briefly got wrapped up in it.

However, Jesus made it clear that it’s not even about His literal name. To the most faithful church of Philadelphia (City of brotherly love) in Revelation, He said ~ 

12‘He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name.” ~ Rev.2:12

Jesus wasn’t literally about to make a person a boring pillar. The reality is that He later reveals that there is no temple in New Jerusalem because the Lamb and the Lord God Almighty are the Church’s Temple.

God has not been interested in our man-made Temples for a long time just like He is not bound by the language in which we speak the Lord’s name.

Jesus made it clear to a Gentile that God must be worshipped in spirit and in truth. This was immediately after telling her that they (Gentiles) did not even know WHO they worshipped and that it did not matter WHERE they worshipped. (John 4)

We need to be more grounded in the words of the Lord, himself and not the latest doctrines of man. Concerning doctrines of man, I will share what is my personal belief but, not necessarily proper doctrine. Admittedly, my understanding of God is continuing to grow so my “Theology” continues to change. Please season this heavily with salt ~

I have asked the Lord about his “New Name” and cannot say for certain but I believe he has answered ~ “My Name is Love.” I like to think of Him as YHWH Agape. More later…

 

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

To the Hebrews, the name depicted the nature of the person. God called the first person “Adam” which means “Man”.

God changed Abram’s name to “Father of Many Nations” when He granted him the Covenant promise of being a blessing to all.

Moses changed his protege’s name from “Hoshea”, which means salvation to “Yehoshua” which is “The Lord is salvation” just like Jesus’ name.

These men’s names described their nature. Who they were called to be and what they were called to do.

The point of the name is not the word. We can pray using the name of Jesus or Yeshua all day long but, without relationally knowing the nature of the God we pray to it has no power. The Name of Jesus is not a formula to use; it’s a revelation of who God is.

One of the very last things recorded that Jesus told his faithful 11 disciples before the cross is ~ ” 25“O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me; 26and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

The world did not have relational knowledge of the Father. Jesus wasn’t talking about making God simply known as “Father”, the title. The Jews had those prophecies in the OT and they had even claimed to have God as Father.

Jesus was talking about making the nature of the Father of Love intimately known. Jesus was declaring that he had revealed the nature of the Father and would continue to reveal Him more fully. What would be the point of Jesus merely saying that he had made known God’s title as “Father” to the disciples and would continue to make known his title to them?

Yawn.

The promise of Jesus to continue to make known the nature of Father too us is one of the most powerful and amazing things ever recorded! No other author (not even Paul) in the N.T. recorded this insight! Consider more of John’s revelation in 1 John 4 ~

 

JESUS’ NEW NAME ?~

 

7Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

The Father’s nature is fully revealed as Love!

There seems to be an unspoken idea that True Agape Love is in conflict with righteousness and holiness. As if Love is merely some act of mercy that flies in the face of true justice and we simply can’t understand why and how God loves us! That’s hogwash.

God loves us because GOD IS LOVE. Love is the absolute essence of His nature. When we dig deeper into the depths of who He is, we will find that his love is perfectly just because of WHO HE IS and what He has done!

Love’s not an excuse to neglect God’s holiness it’s the very reason we are in complete awe of Him. It’s no longer about who we think we are or about what we do…it’s about abiding in him, abiding in love!

16We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17By this, love is perfected with us…” ~ 1 John 4

What if Jesus’ new name is not that we are supposed to call him by some other title but, that we perceive the depths of his love and receive the fullness of His nature?

In “The Love Chapter”, 1 Cor.13 ~ 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away..12For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 13But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

When perfect love comes (when we perceive Him fully?) we will know fully just as we are fully known! 1 John 4 one more time ~

7Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

To intimately know God fully is to abide in love fully. The entire point of the Gospel is to grow deeper into God’s love everyday (made possible through Jesus Christ) and never stop receiving of his depths!

17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” ~ Eph.3

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