21 September 2020

Name Above All Names 

“I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things…that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing…He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honour and everlasting power. Amen.”
1 Timothy 6:13-16

Growing up in the fifties and sixties, many films of the time were war stories and westerns. A big star of these films was John Wayne. If you saw a film with his name over the title you knew what you were getting—a strong, rugged man of independence and strength. If you had used his real name, Marian Michael Morrison, it just doesn’t have the same ring to it!

The meaning of a name is important in the Bible. God names people in the Bible to reflect an attribute or action, for example, even changing Abram – meaning noble father, to Abraham – meaning father of many, and Jacob – meaning supplanter, to Israel – meaning God prevails. In the New Testament an angel appeared to Zacharias instructing him to name his son John—John the Baptist’s name means, ‘God has been gracious’, and reflected his miraculous birth to an elderly couple as well as his role in turning many people to God (Luke 1:5-17).

The most important name in the Bible is Immanuel, meaning ‘God with us’. Jesus has many other names that apply to Him: King of kings and Lord of lords, Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His name is above all names as Creator of all, as He created the heavens and the earth and everything in the Universe. In Matthew 1:21 Mary was told to name him Jesus because he would save people from their sins. Christians are baptised into the name of God: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Acts 4:12 says, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” So how important is a name?!

In the future all nations and peoples will worship and glorify this King of kings, the Messiah, Jesus.

Prayer
Father in Heaven, let us be known as the children of God, Christians, named after our Saviour, Jesus Christ in whose name we pray.
Amen

Study by Anthony Shevlane

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About the Author:
Tony Shevlane attends the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International in the UK.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone:  01923-855570
Email: watford@gracecom.church

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