Tuesday, July 17, 2012

What's In A Name?

              What is in a name? We all have one; we were given names by our parents upon birth. Our name was thought upon, prayed about and then chosen for us. Amazing when you think about it- what exactly a name implies. When you hear someone’s name- what comes to mind? Your mind goes to what they look like, their character, and specific things about them, for instance, their smile or their eyes. When someone speaks a name of someone you do not know- what happens? Nothing, you do not know the person they are speaking of so you cannot picture them, or recall anything about them. As I was pondering on the significance of a name, a thought came to me- what about the “name of the Lord”?
                A name refers to “all that a name implies; of authority, character, rank, majesty, power, excellence, etc, of everything that a name covers.” (Vines Expository Dictionary) Scripture has many references in regards to the “Names of God” the “Name of the Lord.” But there is One name that has been given to man, One name that encompasses all the attributes, characteristics, power, excellence, majesty, and authority of God, all of Him rolled into one Name, and that Name is Jesus Christ.  
                The name of Jesus Christ is synonymous with His person, His presence, His power and therefore is held in the highest honor, and so it should be. The Bile also tells us that there is no other name by which we can be saved. (Acts 4:12) But how do we get to know someone? We know their name, but if we only know them by name, and don’t actually know who they are, then all we recall at the mention of their name is the outward appearance. The same can apply to the name of Jesus Christ. If you only know Him by name, and do not seek to know Who He is, His presence, His power, His majesty, His character, then you will only ever know “of” Him and never truly know Him.
                The more we get to know a person, the more we grow in our relationship with them. So when someone speaks their name to you, you can contribute what you know about that person to the other. You can stand firm against those who want to tear down the name of your friend, because you know them- you know who they are, in character and in attributes. Everything you know about someone is brought to mind through their name. Everything you share or speak of in regards to someone comes through the speaking of their name.
                How much more then, should we be speaking and proclaiming the name of Jesus Christ to all those who do not know Him? Today I was challenged to understand the power and the majesty in the name of Jesus Christ. I thought about all the names of God that have been studied and taught, as well as the many books have been written about these names. Each one describes a different attribute or characteristic about God, for instance, Jehovah Jirah- means “God Provides”. This name of God refers to His provision for His children. There is “Elohim” which means “The Almighty”. I could spend all day listing the various names of God, and there is power in each one, majesty in each one, and each one should be given the honor and the glory it deserves.
                But, all of these names, all of these attributes and characteristics of God can now be found in One name, and that Name is Jesus Christ, we can have access to every aspect of God the Father through One name, and that name is Jesus Christ. “For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,” (Colossians 1:19) When we speak the name of Jesus Christ, when we understand that the fullness, the complete and perfect, Holy God is called upon by no other name than Jesus Christ, then our knees should buckle and our hearts should bow at the very mention of His name. For in His name alone, is the fullness of God, all of God is in all of Jesus Christ.
                Knowing all of this, knowing the power and the authority that has been placed by God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ, should we not then give Him the glory and the honor due to His name? I am convinced that there is no other name under heaven that has been given to man by which we may be saved, nor is there any other name that has more power or authority than that of Jesus Christ, my Lord. 
                There is so much within the Name of Jesus Christ, that I am challenged and intrigued by His name. His name stirs up in me a desire to know Him more, to dig deep and to seek out who He is through His name. I urge you all today, to do the same. Seek out His Name, call upon His name, dig deep into His word and let us find the treasure of God the Father hidden in the name of Jesus Christ. 
                May His name be glorified and given the honor He alone deserves, today and everyday. In His name dwells all the fullness of God the Father, and in His name alone salvation is found. To Him be glory forever and ever, amen.