What’s in a Name?

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A recent development in the weather world made me think, “What’s in a name?”

Blizzards are getting names this year. The tradition of naming hurricanes has transferred to major winter storms. Not every storm will qualify. The first three names are Greek and Roman: Athena, Brutus, and Caesar.

Names have special significance in the Bible and the most significant name is that of Jesus Christ. Christos means  “anointed,” the Greek translation of the Hebrew word Messiah. Of course, this title of Messiah had special significance to the Jews as they looked forward to the fulfillment of prophesies. Gentile converts used Christos as more of a proper name for Christ.

Powerful Name of Jesus Christ

While I was studying the uses of Christ’s name in the New Testament, I made a bubble graph and ran out of room on my sheet of paper, so I created a list instead. I’ve probably missed a couple of points, but from the passages listed below, a powerful picture of Christ emerges and his will for our lives. Here is a list instead:

  1. Giving Thanks to God – “…be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
    Ephesians 5:18-21
  2. Believing – “And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.” I John 3:23
  3. Sharing in Christ’s Suffering – “But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.” I Peter 4:13-14
  4. Enduring Death and Hatred for Him – “Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” Matthew 10:21-22
  5. Anointed, Established, and Sealed in Christ – “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.”
    2 Corinthians 1:20-22
  6. Avoiding Idleness – “Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us.” 2 Thessalonians 3:5-6
  7. Making No Room for Sin – “ But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” Romans 13:14
  8. Putting on Christ – “ For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” Galatians 3:27
  9. Baptized in His Name – “And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’” Acts 2:38
  10. Washed, Sancitified, and Justified – “But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” I Corinthians 6:11
  11. Called To Be Saints Together – “To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:….”
    I Corinthians 1:2
  12. Life in His Name – “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” John 20:30-31
  13. Appealing to Each Other in Christ’s Name – “I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.”
    I Corinthians 1:10
  14. Naming Christ to the World – “…I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation, but as it is written,‘Those who have never been told of him will see,and those who have never heard will understand.’” Romans 15:20:21
  15. Deceivers Will Come in the Name of Christ – “For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray.” Matthew 24:5
  16. Doing Everything in the Name of Jesus – “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17
  17. Every Knee Shall Bow  – “Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11

Names Written in the Book of Life

“Jesus said, ‘The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of lifeI will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’” Revelation 3:5-6

What’s in a name? Please leave your comments below.


10 thoughts on “What’s in a Name?

  1. It clearly looks that you our mixing names of two different people,1. the Jewish Nazarene man Jesus (Jeshua) who died, 2. the spirit Jehovah God, who can not die and who is the Only God and Creator of all things. Titles and Names are too important, as you yourself indicate, so please lets keep every title and every name to the right person.

    • I appreciate your comments. The Jewish Nazarene man, Jesus, was “God with Us.” (Matthew 1:24) Jesus Christ is the Word, through whom all Creation was made (John 1). He was with God in the beginning. Certainly Jesus, the Christ, died, but my hope is solely in Jesus the Christ’s resurrection. He is the firstborn. I will join him in that day, not in this physical shell which is already dying, but as a new creation. That is the Good News, the Gospel of Christ.

      Jesus, while incarnate, stated, “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30) Then, “The Jews picked up stones again to stone him.” v.31 Clearly, they understood and rejected his claim to be one with the Father.

      The apostle Paul made no distinction between 1 and 2 in your comment, calling himself an apostle of Christ Jesus (Colossians 1:1) and explained Christ Jesus in this way, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” (Colossians 1:15-20)

      Romans 1:3-4 tells us, “…concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord….” And, thus, Jesus, the Jewish man from Nazareth, is the Messiah, the Christos, the anointed one, the suffering servant, whom God has given a name greater than all names. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)

      Do you believe this?

    • Dear Reader,

      As always, I’m deeply, deeply appreciative of anyone who is seeking to do and be in the will of God. I completely agree with your statement that the Scriptures don’t mean we do become God or shall become God.

      However, I think we have a basic difference of opinion about the deity of Jesus. I cannot describe my own understanding any better than my other reader, Matt has done.

      What I would like to do, though, is extend an olive branch of peace. If I have offended you, Brother, I ask your forgiveness. You are welcome here, and I hope you will pray with me that all of us are drawn closer to God and his will every day. I pray, also, that God’s blessings be upon you each step of the way.



      • Shalom,
        You did not offend me and I do accept that there are different opinions, also about the deity. In my understanding , as in many non-trinitarian groups, Jesus is divine but not God (a big difference), but both groups of Christians (Trinitarian and Non-Trinitarian) should be followers of Christ (hence the name Christian) and share the love of Christ for everybody around them.
        Jesus has also asked to go to spread the Word of God and the Good News of the Kingdom of God. So it is nice that you try to follow up this important task, and I do hope you will also be able to draw people to God, though He may be a little different than my God who is the same as the God of the Jews and Muslims, only One Almighty Creator of heaven and earth who is an eternal spirit, so did not have a beginning and no end and as such also can not die.
        I wish you good luck and God’s blessing.

  2. I do believe in the “son of God” which is not the same as the god son. Jesus (Jeshua) who knew he was lower than God really gave his life, while God, who is spirit can not die. And yes I do believe that God resurrected His son and did not fake a death and a standing up from a sleep and walking away. I also do believe God took Jesus up in to His realm to sit at His right hand side and to have given Jesus the right to be the mediator between God and men and later to judge the living and the dead. If Jesus was God he could not sit at the right hand of himself nor be a mediator between himself and the people. When God would have been Jesus, why did God not say to the world “This is I” or “This is me God.”? Clearly God said that Jesus is His beloved son, and I do believe God, the Most High, Creator of heaven and earth.

    “30 And the angel said to her, Fear not, Mary: for you have found favor with God. 31 And, behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name YAHSHUA. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give to him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34 Then said Mary to the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said to her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:30-35 KJBPNV)

    “But we see Yahshua, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” (Hebrews 2:9 KJBPNV)

    “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;” (Hebrews 2:14 KJBPNV)

    “Therefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto \@his\@ brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things \@pertaining\@ to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.” (Hebrews 2:17 KJBPNV)

    “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,” (Galatians 4:4 KJBPNV)

    “21 Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Yahshua also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, 22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, You are my beloved Son; in you I am well pleased. 23 And Yahshua himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was \@the son\@ of Heli,” (Luke 3:21-23 KJBPNV)

    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 KJBPNV)

    “9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son \@to be\@ the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:9-10 KJBPNV)

    “5 For \@there is\@ one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man the Messiah Yahshua; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” (1 Timothy 2:5-6 KJBPNV)

    “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;” (Ephesians 1:7 KJBPNV)

    “Then answered Yahshua and said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do: for whatever things he does, these also does the Son likewise.” (John 5:19 KJBPNV)

    “You have heard how I said to you, I go away, and come \@again\@ to you. If you loved me, you would rejoice, because I said, I go to the Father: for my Father is greater than I” (John 14:28 KJBPNV)

    “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is the Messiah; and the head of the woman \@is\@ the man; and the head of the Messiah \@is\@ God.” (1 Corinthians 11:3 KJBPNV)

    “And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject to him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.” (1 Corinthians 15:28 KJBPNV)

    • @bijbelvorsers you have yet to indicate in what ways that Kathrese mixed names. The vast majority of the scripture references she uses refers to “Jesus Christ” or just “Christ.”

      Since you are the one denying the Jesus was God the burden of proving that lies with you. Kathrese did a study on verse that emphasize his divinity/messiahship, you have referenced verses that emphasis his humanity. So what you must do is prove that the Bible does not in fact claim Jesus was God incarnate. To do so you will have to deal with a couple of questions.

      1. Could God simultaneously dwell in human form or another form and in still heaven? This being the idea that God is everywhere, omnipresent. To effectively refute this point you will have to prove that God cannot take physical form. You will need to deal with passages like Genesis 18, which describes 3 men one of whom is God God eats with Abraham and talks with him. Now there are plenty of other examples of God taking a corporeal form. And there are some passages that describe an angel acting those do not need to be addressed.

      2. You also have to proof that Jesus was not God/divine. Now you cannot do that be citing scripture references to his humanity, because Kathrese holds that Jesus can be God and man therefore those passages are in Harmony. So what you must do is prove that the verses that claim divinity are not true or do not refer to Jesus.

      John 1:1, 14 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”….”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.”

      If the Word is God and the Word became flesh and Jesus is the one who was made flesh (begotten) then Jesus is God.

      Matthew 1:22-23 – “22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 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.”

      You need to prove that “God with us” does not mean literally

      Hebrews 1:6-8 – ” And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. 7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. 8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.”

      Here you would need to prove that it is not talking about Jesus. And why would the Angels worship Jesus? When has God every accepted worship of someone other than Him And why would God call Jesus God?

      John 10:30-33 – “I and the Father are one.” 31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” 33 The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.”

      The context disproves your previous point that verse 30 means thinking because the Jews in 32-33 acknowledge that he considered himself God. So you must prove that either Jesus was lying or that the Jews misunderstood him. And you would need to do that from the language in this text.

      Also you need to deal with the fact Jesus never denies being God.

      I hope you do take the time to answer all of the questions here because this is a major point of faith and if we are wrong we need to be corrected on it. But the burden of proof is with you to prove that he was not God’s Son and because it is so important the entirety must be dealt with and in more depth than saying “that’s not what it means,” we must show what it means.

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