Pastor’s Corner

THE NAME

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Philippians 2:5-10a)

From the first two chapters of Genesis when we find God’s name as Elohim mentioned 35 time to the closing chapter of the Book of Revelation when Christ speaks and says, “…I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” Between these names of God, we will find literally hundreds of different names for God, His Son and the Holy Spirit. At first this appears to be somewhat confusing until one begins to realize that God cannot be identified and described with a single name. Many times Scripture simply calls God by Name, the Name or My Name.

Many outstanding books have been written on this subject that is very, very enlightening. Therefore, but for lack of space we would endeavor to expound on this wonderful subject. However, as we approach the “season of our Savior” it is a good and proper time for us to be reminded of some of the names that are so tender to us. There are a number of names of the Savior that are at once brought to our minds as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

• Luke 2:12, “…Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in manger.” How amazing that God would come to earth as a Baby. God lay a Baby on the doorstep of the world, and please don’t forget where he lay. Yet an angelic chorus heralded His birth. For the birth of that Baby was the event of the ages.

• Matthew 1:21, “…And thou shalt call his name JESUS…” This name was told by God’s own messenger to Joseph that the Baby’s name would be JESUS. It is the name by which we know Him best. More than 900 times in the New Testament we find this lovely name that we sing about so often. Stop for a few moments and begin to think of all the great hymns that embrace the name of Jesus. John Newton gave us, “How sweet the name of Jesus sounds”; Edward Perronet exalts this name with, “All hail the power of Jesus’ name”. Bernard leads us with great devotion with his, “Jesus, the very thought of thee”; Baxter enjoins us, “Take the name of Jesus with you’; Whitfield further exclaims, “There is a name I live to hear.”

• Matthew 1:23, “Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” God had this name written three times in His word: Isaiah 7:14; 8:8 and in this verse. Christ alone was great enough to be called Emmanuel. No one else could fill its meaning—God with us. The miracle and marvel of Emmanuel—God with us—defies description. Amen.

 

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