Names of Jesus, Part 1
The Bible records many names for Jesus. In Part One we will begin to explore those. Some of what is referred to as "names" might be better characterized as descriptors. In Part 1, we will talk more about the names. In Part 2 we will study the descriptors of Jesus.
Admittedly, there was some hair-splitting going on in making the choices for this list and for putting the remainder of the names in Part 2. In this part,what was included had to be (1) a noun or close pronoun (2) a short descriptor, consistent with the nature of most nouns (3) not much related to function. To be included in Part 2, the exact opposites were the criteria. The word or phrase had to be more of the nature of an adjective than a noun, could be a longer descriptor, and very related to the function of Jesus Christ in the universe.
|1. The Word. See John 1: 1||2. Word of God. Revelation 19: 13|
|3. Son of God. John 1: 49, Hebrews 4: 14.||4. Son of the Most High God. Luke 1: 32.|
|5. Mighty God. Isaiah 9: 6.||6. Only Begotten Son of God. John 1: 18; I John 4: 9|
|7. Our Great God and Savior Titus 2: 13.||8. Savior. Ephesians 5: 23; Titus 1: 4; 3:6; 2 Peter 2: 20.|
|9. King of Kings. I Timothy 6: 15 check; Revelation 19: 16||10. King of the Ages. Revelation 15: 3.|
|11. Lamb of God. John 1: 29.||12. Lion of the Tribe of Judah. Revelation 5: 5.|
|13. Living One. Revelation 1: 16.||14. Lord. 2 Peter 2: 20.|
|15. Holy One. Acts 3: 14||16. I Am. John 8: 58.|
|17. Image of God. 2 Corinthians 4: 4||18. Immanuel. Matthew 1: 23.|
|19. King Eternal I Timothy 1: 17.||20. Blessed and only Ruler. I Timothy 6: 15.|
|21. Chief Shepherd. 1 Peter 5: 4.||22. Creator. John 1: 3.|
|23. God. John 1;1; 20: 28; Hebrews 1: 9; Romans 9: 5; 2 Peter 1: 1; I John 5: 20.||24. Great High Priest Hebrews 4: 14.|
|25. Almighty. Revelation 1:8; Matthew 28: 18.||26. Beginning and End. Revelation 22: 13.|
|27. Blessed and Only Ruler. I Timothy 8: 15.||28. Lord of Lords. I Timothy 6: 15|
|29. Wonderful . Isaiah 9: 6||30. Counselor. Isaiah 9: 6|
|31. Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9: 6||32. The Mighty God. Isaiah 9: 6|
|29. The Everlasting Father Isaiah 9: 6||30.|
The fact that scripture refers to Jesus as "the Word" emphasizes that in the spiritual world, ideas and words are paramount. The supremacy of words and ideas is reflected in Paul's writing in Ephesians 6: 12-17 "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the world's rulers, of the darkness of this age, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Therefore take to yourselves the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Therefore stand, having your loins girded about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Above all, take the shield of faith, with which you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. "
The power of Christ's words is reflected in Revelation Rev 19:13-16; 21. "And He had been clothed in a garment dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in Heaven followed Him on white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, so that with it He should strike the nations. And He will shepherd them with a rod of iron. And He treads the winepress of the wine of the anger and of the wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His garment, and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. . . . Rev 19:21 "And the rest were slain by the sword of Him who sat on the horse, it proceeding out of His mouth. And all the birds were filled from their flesh. "
It was by the word of the Godhead that the planets and moons and stars and everything in the universe were created. Hebrews 11: 3 (ASV) "By faith we understand that the worlds have been framed by the word of God, so that what is seen hath not been made out of things which appear." Words are important. Words have power. Names are important.
Jesus is the only Begotten Son of God. The rest of us are adopted children through faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26). This only begotten Son of God is the Holy One, the Image of God, the Blessed and only ruler, the King of the Ages. All authority exists through Jesus (Matthew 28: 18). No one occupies any position of authority on Earth without His permission (John 19: 11; Romans 13: 1-7).
It was this only begotten Son of God that was sacrificed so that we might have a chance of entering Heaven. At communion time on the first day of each week (Acts 20:7), we remember His death, His burial, and Jesus' resurrection. Also appropriate is to consider that Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life for about 33 years before the crucifixion ever happened. He kept himself pure so that He could be the sacrifice needed to pay for our sins. I try to remember that as I blunder through each day. I am so grateful for forgiveness.
We love Jesus as the Supreme Counselor. The Sermon on the Mount is the best piece of advice about how to live life to its fullest. And Jesus taught us so much more. The Sermon on the Mount is in Matthew chapters five through seven.
John 3: 16 "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. " The crucifixion was the giving of God Himself in payment for man's sin. The division of labor among the Godhead enabled this. For reasons known to the Godhead, Jesus had to die and go back to Heaven before the Holy Spirit could come to do His work (John 16: 7-14). For further discussion about the Godhead and the division of labor, see https://dovercoc.org/Sermons/HS.html.
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