What’s in a name?

I have a very average name Joe. When living in the States, a common cliché was something like, The average, Joe. Here in New Zealand, it is Joe blogs Either way, Joe is well just average.

I suppose most peoples names are not too spectacular. I have met people with names I could not pronounce or were very unique to be sure, but I dont think I have ever met a person whose name was really that amazing.

Not so with God.

Take a read of these verses:

Psalm 8:1 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.

- A name which is majestic!

Psalm 54:1 O God, save me by your name, and vindicate me by your might.

- A name which is powerful to save!

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.

- A name which is compared to a strong tower. A place of safety.

Notice the emphasis isnt that God is majestic, God is powerful, God is a strong tower. Certainly all of that is true, but in these verses those characteristics are all attributed to His name!

This is truly marvellous.

So marvellous, in fact, that Gods name is not to be taken lightly:

Exodus 20:7 “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

Therefore we ought not to be surprised when we read in the New Testament:

Acts 4:12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Notice the emphasis given to His name, even as the apostle John prophesies His return!

Revelation 19:11-16 11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

My friends as we approach the Easter weekend, let us proclaim Christ. Let us call people to respond to the magnificence of who He is and what He has done with repentance and faith.

His name is wonderful. He is worthy of our praise. Let us bow before Him and faithfully call others to do the same, while it is still day.

About Joe Fleener

Lover of Christ & His Gospel, Husband to Mandy, Father to three wonderful children, Servant to the Local Church, Bible College Lecturer

One comment

  1. Thanks for this Joe

    Well put – this is indeed marvellous.

    Mark 12:10-11
    “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this and it is marvellous in our eyes”

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