The Name of Jesus Christ in Your Christian Faith
In Luke 24:47 our Lord Jesus Christ says to his disciples that repentance and forgiveness of sins must be preached in His Name to all nations. When you hear and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, you not only accept the Lord Jesus Christ, but His Name as well.
The word “god” refers to any god, and is not the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, or his Father’s Name. When you convert to Jesus Christ you do not convert to the name of Muhammad, or Jehovah, or any compound Name of God, like Jehovah-Nissi, etc.
The Name of God in the Law of Moses
For the Jews, as well as for anyone who tries to be justified before God through the law of Moses, God is known by the name of Jehovah, or Yahweh, and other compounded Jehovah names like, Jehovah-Jireh (Yahweh will provide); Jehovah-Nissi (Yahweh is my banner); Jehovah-Shalom (Yahweh is peace); Jehovah-Tsidkenu (Yahweh is our righteousness); Jehovah – Rapha (Yahweh heals you), etc.
None of the Old Testament prophets and fathers knew our Lord Jesus Christ as crucified for their sins, and also raised from the dead for their justification (Rom. 4:25). There is also no other prophet or prophetess that can claim that he / she died for the sins of their followers, and also rose from the dead for their justification.
For example, when someone who wants to be justified by the Law of Moses seeks healing from God without faith in Jesus Christ, that person will seek healing in the Name of Jehovah-Rapha. And, such a person is also obliged to uphold the entire Law of Moses (Gal. 5:3).
Moreover, everyone who goes through the Law of Moses to God is cut off from Christ and have fallen away from the grace of God in Jesus Christ (Gal. 5:4). Grace before God is only found in Jesus Christ (Joh. 1:17).
Furthermore, the apostle Paul teaches in 1 Cor. 15:56, “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.” By trusting in the Law of Moses, you allow sin to rule in your life, instead of the grace of Jesus Christ.
The Name of God in Jesus Christ
All the works of salvation and provision that have been in the name of Jehovah God under the Old Testament are now glorified and fulfilled in the Name of the Son of God, Jesus Christ (2Cor. 1:20). Those who believe in the Name of Jesus Christ, and approach God in His Name, are completely set free by Him, because He lives forever to intercede for them (Heb. 7:25).
A few examples How the Name of Jehovah is Glorified in the Name Jesus Christ:
- Jehovah-Tsidkenu (Yahweh is our righteousness) is glorified in the Name of Jesus Christ who did not know any sin, but was made sin for us so that we can become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Cor. 5:21).
- Jehovah-Shalom (Yahweh is peace) is now in the Name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. For He is our peace (Eph. 2:14).
- Jehovah-Rapha (Yahweh heals you) is now in the Name Jesus Christ who himself carried your sins in his body on the cross so that you can die for sin and live for righteousness; through whose wounds you are healed (1Pet. 2:24).
The Names of God in the Old Testament
In the Old Testament you will find that God revealed Him by different names at different times to His Elect. The Name of God is revealed in the Bible for the first time in Gen. 1:1; 2:2, 3 as ‘Elôhı̂ym (Elohim). It is as Elohim God that God created the heavens and the earth.
With the creation of man in Gen. 2:4 God is made known as Jehovah Elohim. So also in Gen. 2:9 when God created the Tree of Life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Incidentally, the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden depicts the Holy Spirit. This is the Holy Spirit with eternal life in the Glory of Elohim. The tree of knowledge of good and evil is a depiction of the spirit of Satan. This tree is the spirit of death, as well as the spirit of the wrath of God.
Furthermore, we find in Gen. 17:1 that Elohim God made himself known to Abraham as El Shaddai the Almighty. Likewise, in the era of Moses and the Law, Elohim revealed himself to Israel in the name of Jehovah Elohim, and also as I AM.
There are other names of God mentioned in the Old Testament. However, the purpose of this article is to highlight that we are saved in the Name of Jesus Christ. It is in the Name of Jesus Christ that we are called to work out our salvation before the face of God. As it is written: Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Phil. 2:12b, 13). God works His good pleasure in us through His Son Jesus Christ.
The Name of God in the New Testament
With the dispensation of the New Testament, Elohim presents Himself in the Name of Jesus Christ to all who want to find and worship Him. The apostle Paul tells us in Heb. 1:1, 2 that after God spoke in many ways to the fathers by the prophets in ancient times, He spoke to us in these last days by His Son whom He appointed heir of all things, and by whom He also made the world.
We also learn in John 3:16; Acts 4:12 that it is only by the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ that we can come to Elohim God for salvation and restoration unto eternal life.
The Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit
In Matt. 28:19 our Lord Jesus instructed His disciples to go make disciples of all nations, and baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit is Jesus Christ. That is, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit only manifest in the Name of Jesus Christ.
The Name of the Father
In John 5:43 (MKJV) our Lord Jesus Christ says, “I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me. If another shall come in his own name, him you will receive. “
Furthermore, in John 10:25 our Lord Jesus said to the Jews, “…the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.” We know that our Lord Jesus Christ walked here on earth in His Name. In John 10:30 He also says, “I and my Father are one.”
From John 5:43; 10:25, we learn that the Name of the Father is Jesus Christ.
Name of the Holy Spirit
In John 7:38 (MKJV) the Master says, “He who believes on Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” John 7:39 (MKJV) explains, “(But He spoke this about the Spirit, which they who believed on Him should receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.)”
There is a glorification of the physical body and there is also a glorification of the spiritual body. Your soul is your spiritual body.
In Matt. 17:1, 2 (MKJV) we read, “And after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and brought them up into a high mountain apart. And He was transfigured before them. And His face shone as the sun, and His clothing was white as the light.” Matt. 17: 1, 2 teach about the glorification of our Lord Jesus Christ’s physical body. The soul of our Lord Jesus Christ was glorified when He rose from the dead.
After the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit of Elohim God is only found in Jesus Christ. This is because the Holy Spirit of the New Testament Dispensation is the Spirit of our resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. This is also what the apostle Paul teaches in 2Cor. 3:17. In 2Cor. 3:17 he says, “The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
Hence, our Lord Jesus Christ teaches in Joh. 14:26, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” The true Holy Spirit only manifests in the Name of Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit of Jehovah Elohim and the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ
In 2Cor. 3:7, 8 the apostle Paul teaches, “But if the ministry of death, having been engraved in letters in stone was with glory (so that the sons of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses because of the glory of his face), which was being done away; shall not the ministry of the Spirit be with more glory?”
In Ex. 24:18 we learn that Moses went into the midst of the cloud of the Glory of God upon Mount Sinai and stayed there forty days and forty nights. It was during this time that the Holy Spirit moved in the Name of Jehovah Elohim and wrote the Ten Commandments on stone tables and gave it to Moses.
In 2Cor. 3:7 we learn that the ministry of the Ten Commandments was only temporary. Therefore, the Glory of God that wrote the Ten Commandments was taken away from the Ten Commandments and given to the ministry of the resurrected Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ.
While spending 40 days in the Glory of Jehovah Elohim, Moses’ body was also transfigured by the Glory of God. This transfiguration is similar to that of our Lord Jesus Christ in Matt. 17:1, 2.
Whereas the Holy Spirit moved upon Mount Sinai in the Name of Jehovah Elohim, He now moves and operates in the Name of Jesus Christ. Hence, we can say that the Name of Holy Spirit is Jesus Christ. In John 14:26 our Lord Jesus Christ also teaches that the Holy Spirit will come in His Name.
The Son Glorifies the Father
In John 14:13, 14 our Lord Jesus Christ teaches, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”
John 14:13, 14 teach that when you pray to God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ, you glorify the Father. You can only honour and glorify God the Father through the Name of His Son Jesus Christ.
The Testimony of God
The Gospel of the Glory of Jesus Christ is the testimony of God regarding His Son Jesus Christ. The apostle John says in 1John 5: 9, (EMTV), “If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater; because this is the testimony of God which He has testified concerning His Son.”
In 1 John 5:10 he continues by saying, “He that believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; he that does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony which God has testified concerning His Son.” It is the will of God for every person to believe in His Son Jesus Christ, and in the Name of Jesus Christ.
In 1John 5:11, 12 (EMTV) the apostle John also says, “And this is the testimony: that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that has the Son has life; he that does not have the Son of God does not have life.”
God Gave Everything and All to Jesus Christ
The Prophet Daniel tells in Dan. 7:13, 14, “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. ”
Dan. 7:13, 14 reveal the following:
- Elohim God is also known as the Ancient of days, and our Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of Man.
- That the Son of God will become a man in the flesh.
- God gave His Son, the Son of Man, dominion and glory and kingship over everything, including the Kingdom of God. Our Lord Jesus said that the Father loves Him Son and has given all things into His hand (John 3:35).
- The dominion of our Lord Jesus Christ is an eternal dominion that will not pass away. And His kingdom one that will not be destroyed (Dan 7:14).
- All people and nations and tongues will honour the Son of God (Dan 7:14).
The Dominion of our Lord Jesus Christ
According to Dan. 7:13, 14; John 3:35 the dominion of our Lord Jesus Christ is over everything in heaven and on earth. This includes every Word of God recorded in the Bible. Hence, to Him belong the greatness, the power, the glory, the honour, the majesty and the kingdom of God. He is exalted as head above all (1Chron. 29:11).
Both riches and honour come from Him (1Chron. 29:12). All things are of Him and through Him and for Him. The glory of God belongs to Him alone forever! It is in His hand to make anyone great and strong (Rom. 11:36; 1Chron. 29:12).
He also rules over all the kingdoms of the nations (2 Kings 19:15; Ps 47:92), and also over Satan and all his power (Dan. 4:35; Matt. 28:18).
He possesses all power and might. Dan. 4:35 teaches us that He does according to his will with the host of heaven. The “host of heaven” refers to Satan and his principalities, and powers as mentioned in Eph. 6:12.
In Isa. 25: 7, 8 Satan and his kingdom are also described as a veil of death that covers all people. The apostle Paul teaches that because we are flesh and blood, He also became flesh and blood; that through death he might destroy the devil that had the power of death, and deliver us (Heb. 2:14, 15).
In Jer. 51:25 Satan is also described as a mountain that destroys. It is this mountain to which our Lord Jesus Christ refers in Matt. 17:20.
1Cor. 15:24, 25 teach us that our Lord Jesus Christ will rule until He has put all His enemies under His feet. Then, at the end, He will hand the dominion and the Kingdom back to God, His Father.
We also learn in the Bible that our Lord Jesus Christ is called Emmanuel. This is according to the prophecy in Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:23. Emmanuel means: God with us.
God introduced His Son to the Jews by the name “Emmanuel”. The name “Emmanuel” is not for the Gentiles, and is not with the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
That’s why our Lord Jesus Christ did not want to talk with the non-Jewish woman in Matt. 15:22 – He compared her to a dog. This is also how the apostle Paul and the Holy Spirit view unbelievers (Phil. 3: 2; Matt. 7: 6; Rev. 22:15).
The Son of God, Emmanuel was, “just sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matt. 15:24). It is only with the ministry of the Holy Spirit that God introduced the Gentiles to the Name of His Son Jesus Christ.
In Acts 13:46, the apostles Paul and Barnabas spoke freely to the Jews, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.” From then on, the Gospel of the Glory of God in Jesus Christ was preached to the Gentiles in the Name of Jesus Christ.
The Word of God in Jesus Christ
The reign that Elohim God, the Ancient of Days, gave to His Son also includes the rule of His Word to fulfil it.
However, believers in Jesus Christ are free from every reproach and curse recorded in the Bible. Believers in Jesus Christ only inherited the covenants of promise of salvation and healing and blessings through Jesus Christ.
The apostle Paul teaches when we were without Christ, we were alienated from the commonwealth of Israel. Thus, we were separated from the covenants of promise, having no hope, being without God in the world. But in Christ Jesus we are made nigh by the blood of Christ, for he is our peace (Eph. 2:12-14).
The covenants of promise are every promise of salvation and blessings and healing ever made by God to Israel. Through the blood of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God we inherited all the covenants of promise. We also learn in 2Cor. 1:20 that all the promises of God are fulfilled unto us in Christ Jesus unto the Glory of God through us. The promises of God are not fulfilled in any other Name, except the Name of Jesus Christ.
In the Law of Moses and any other Name of God, there is condemnation, wrath and reproach. There is no wrath and reproach in Jesus Christ against any Christian (Isa. 27: 4; Jam. 1: 5). This is what the apostle Paul also teaches in Rom. 5:1, “Because we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The Name of the Word of God and the Name of Jesus Christ
In Rev. 19:12, 13 the apostle John describes the appearance, as well as the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, saying, “His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but He himself. And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God.” Rev. 19:13 teaches us that the name of our lord Jesus Christ is also called the Word of God.
In John 1:1-3, we read, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” Here we are taught about another Person in the Godhead, other than the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. That Person is, the Word of God.
We also learn that it is this Word of God who became flesh. In John 1:14 we learn, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
The Word of God is Jesus Christ, and can only be appropriated and fulfilled in the Name of Jesus Christ. In Col. 3:16 the Apostle Paul commands us, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you in all wisdom.” So we can also understand that when the Word of God lives in our hearts, that the Lord Jesus Christ lives in our hearts. Therefore, it is also important that we keep the Word of God in all wisdom in our hearts.
Crucified in the Name of Jesus Christ
In Isa. 62:6b (GNB), we learn that we must remind the LORD of his promises, and never let Him forget them. Here, the word “LORD” is a translation of the Hebrew word “Yehôvâh”. It is not Yehôvâh God that died on the cross at Golgotha for our sins.
We know from Luke 1:35 that God the Father conceived His Son Jesus Christ in the flesh. We also learn in Rom. 4:25 that God delivered Him for our transgressions and raised Him up for our justification.
Isa. 53:4, 5 does not teach that it is Elohim, or Yehôvâh, or El Shadai, or Adonai who was wounded for our transgressions. His Name is also not “Holy Spirit”. The Name of the Holy Spirit is also not “Holy Spirit” or “Father” or “Son”.
Hallowed Be Thy Name
In the New Testament our Lord Jesus Christ were teaching the Jews. In Matt. 6:9, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” When the Jews pray this prayer, they Jews pray in the name of Yehôvâh.
For us who are not Jewish, this prayer in Matt. 6: 9 reads: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name in the name of Jesus Christ.
The disciples prayed that God the Father stretch forth His hand to heal, and do signs and wonders by the Name of His Holy Child Jesus (Acts 4:30).
When the disciples spoke and preached, they spoke in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 9:27, 29). When the disciples baptized, they baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ – and not in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; 8:16; 10:48; 19 5).
There are still people who teach that you should not speak, or be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ, as those did in Acts 4:18 5:40.
When you dedicate your life to serving God, you dedicate it to the Name of Jesus Christ (Acts 15:26). We cast out demons in the Name of Jesus Christ – and not in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit (Mar 16:17 Acts 16:18). When we thank God, we thank Him in the Name of His Son Jesus Christ (Rom. 7:25; Eph. 5:20).
Where Two or Three are Gathered in My Name
When you pray and worship in the Name of Jehovah, you call the Spirit of Jehovah into your presence. This applies to any other name. If you pray and worship in the name of Jehovah you would have to uphold the entire Law of Moses.
No one can uphold all the Law of Moses. Therefore, you will be condemned when you pray and worship in the Name of Jehovah. That is why God sent His Son. So that whosoever believes on Him, may be justified by him of all things that you could not be justified by the Law of Moses (Acts 13:39).
You can only honour and glorify God by sanctifying and believing the Name of His Son Jesus Christ. It is only in the Name of Jesus Christ that that the Holy Spirit will manifest in your presence. As our Lord Jesus Christ says: Where two or three meet in my name, I am in their midst (Matthew 18:20).
You can only receive the Holy Spirit when you are baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ (Acts 8:16). Moreover, you can only honour and glorify God by sanctifying and believing the Name of His Son Jesus Christ.
But of him, who revealed Himself in the Bible as The Ancient of Days, Elohim, El Shaddai, Jehovah I AM, etc. are we in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption (1Cor. 1:30).
Therefore, according as it is written: He that boasts let him boast in the LORD Jesus Christ (1Cor. 1:31 EMTV).
God bless and guide you.