Have we been calling on the wrong ‘name’?
Today, the so-called Christian world has become the most uncertain world. Warnings of ‘false teachings’ are heard everywhere while at the same time attempts are made to cover up every pretentious untruth. YES ‘COVER UP’ AND NOT ‘EXPOSE’!!! And so it goes with the ‘NAME’ of the Lord, much to the dismay and alarm of the faithful!!!!
“SO, HAVE WE BEEN TAKING THE WRONG ‘NAME’???”
THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:
First of all, as servant of God, I am not here to appeal to man’s pagan sensibilities or to cater to his carnal appetites. And definitely I am not here to build any man’s kingdom. Most of all, I am not even here to promote the Jewish language, culture, religion or law.
But, as true servants of God, I am here to be the beacon of God’s Light, to preach His Kingdom and His righteousness and above all, to enable one to come before Him and worship Him in the splendor of His holiness – all of which is made possible to us by His power and authority given to us to teach and baptize (all who’d obey), in to his triune self, revealed to us in THE NAME (ONE NAME of course) OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT* (Matt 28:18-19).
When the nation of Israel failed to do it, the Word of God came to them: “VERY WELL THEN, WITH FOREIGN LIPS AND STRANGE TONGUES, GOD WILL SPEAK TO THIS PEOPLE.” Isa 28:11.
As such, seeing that the Jewish language was not employed to teach and baptize the world, even the Jews for that matter, into His holy Name – i.e. the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit* (Matt 28:19, Acts 8:15-16, Rom 6:1-4), why do we allow ourselves to be FOOLISHLY MISLED into retracting our steps to call on His Name by the NOW MORE OR LESS EXTINCT ethnic Jewish language, Aramaic or whatever it used to be!
REMEMBER, DIVERSITY OF LANGUAGE CAME AS JUDGMENT OF GOD, AND FOR A REASON (GEN 11:6). TRUE PEACE, THE PEACE OF GOD, CAN EXIST ONLY BETWEEN MEN ON WHOM HIS FAVOR RESTS (LK 2:14), WHO ARE UNIFIED BY THE SPIRIT (ACTS 2:4-12) AND SPEAK SPIRITUAL TRUTHS IN SPIRITUAL WORDS (1 COR 2:13) REGARDLESS OF THE LANGUAGE OR MEDIUM EMPLOYED (Acts 2:8-11).
[*For those who do not know the meaning of ‘being baptized in the (or into the) Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’ – It means to be baptized into the WORD OF GOD, THE BLOOD OF GOD and THE SPIRIT OF GOD without all of which our regeneration is not possible. The Three are perfectly in agreement as they belong to THE ONE. They are the only valid testimonies that will testify for or against us (1 Jn 3:6-9), as the case may be – whether Israelite or non-Israelite.]
HOW MUCH DO WE KNOW GOD?:
THEREFORE, THE QUESTION IS, HOW MUCH DO WE KNOW GOD? AND NOT, WHO IS GOD?
(Inadvertently, if one were to ask who is God, millions of names and perhaps millions of hands too, if only they had the sustaining life in them, will be raised!!! It is hardly surprising that not one or two but millions upon millions, men and demons included, should vie with one another as with Satan for the Highest Seat, the very Throne of God.)
Therefore, truly, the weight of the matter rests in (experiencing – Ps 34:8) the Knowledge of God and not in the (now unfathomable – Judg 13:18) ‘Name’ of God. Let us examine why?
BECAUSE, TO EVEN SUGGEST THAT BY GIVING HIM A NAME AND CALLING ON OR CHANTING THIS ‘NAME’ WILL GRANT US OUR SALVATION IS AN UTTER LIE, AN UTTER BLASPHEMY. Oh yes, those who insist it is so, readily quote Rom 10:13, “…. ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ ” to substantiate their lie.
THE LORD HIMSELF HAS RENDERED HIS VERDICT TO THESE LIARS – READ MATT 7:21. Because, the truth is found in the entire verse from which the said portion is taken, viz. Joel 2:32, “And everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem THERE WILL BE DELIVERANCE, AS THE LORD HAS SAID, AMONG THE SURVIVORS WHOM THE LORD CALLS.”
Therefore, while the rest of the world, the Christian world included, is actively conjuring up names, one after the other, to assure salvation in the name, let us BE WARNED THAT THE LORD KNOWS THOSE WHO ARE HIS (2 Tim 2:19). It is He who chooses (Num 16:5, Jn 6:43, Matt 22:14). “For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.” (2 Cor 10:18).
BECAUSE, ULTIMATELY EVERYTHING BOILS DOWN TO THIS ONE THING: ARE WE KNOWN OF GOD? WELL ENOUGH TO HAVE HIM ACKNOWLEDGE US? For eg. read Matt 7:23.
Therefore, mind, it is not in chanting a name or taking God’s Name in vain that will work for our salvation but as it concludes in 2 Tim 2:19 referred to above, “Everyone who confesses the Name of the Lord MUST TURN AWAY FROM WICKEDNESS.” And as 2 Pet 1:5-11 directs, “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness……and…..be all the more EAGER TO MAKE YOUR CALLING AND ELECTION SURE. FOR IF YOU DO THESE THINGS; YOU WILL NEVER FAIL…”
Therefore, begin by knowing your God.
HE IS ‘THE ONE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD‘:
From the time of His first introduction to ‘man’ as the Creator to the vast depth of our knowledge since experienced and amassed of Him, He has consistently been revealing of Himself by His awesome Deeds and Goodness, and never, repeat never, by His Name!
Any word that was suggestive of a ‘Name’ in essence only served to describe the related Deed of His. For example ‘JESUS’ – which was given in our preparation for His First Coming as our Savior and evidently in the original medium that was employed, the word described His saving nature (Matt 1:21).
YET, as it was since the beginning HE IS “THE ONE WHO COMES (for indeed He will come yet again) IN THE NAME OF THE LORD” (Lk 13:35, Jn 5:43). Because the Truth is, beyond the symbolic phrase ‘The Name of the Lord’ (eg. Isa 30:27, “See, the Name of the Lord comes from afar…”), no more has been revealed of His actual Name.
And as for that one particularly elusive, i.e. THE REAL, THE NEW AND THE ALL INCLUSIVE NAME OF GOD – TOO WONDERFUL FOR US TO KNOW NOW (Judg 13:18) – HE WILL HIMSELF WRITE IT ON HIS PEOPLE, EVEN AS HE ASSIGNS THEM A NEW NAME BY WHICH THEY WILL BE CALLED (REV 2:17, REV 3:12 etc.), AND IT WILL BE MADE KNOWN ONLY TO THEM, BUT NOT BEFORE THE APPOINTED TIME.
SATAN OR THIS WORLD WILL DEFINITELY NOT BE MADE A PARTY TO IT, FOR OBVIOUS REASONS, AND THEREFORE IT WILL REMAIN A MYSTERY UNTIL THAT TIME.
Therefore, let us be warned, since the Lord has revealed Himself to us, suffice it to KNOW AND UNDERSTAND that He is the one and true God (Isa 43:10-13), the I Am (the Eternal God), the Immanuel (the Omnipresent God), the Creator of heaven and earth (the Omniscient God), the Lord, the Lord Almighty (the Omnipotent God), the Lord our God, the Word of God, the Firstborn, the Name of the Lord, the One who comes in the Name of the Lord, the Holy God, the One God, the Anointed One, the Holy One of Israel, the Light of Israel, the true Light, the Lord our Righteousness, the Wonderful, the Counselor, the Healer, the Defender, Our Intercessor and Advocate, Strong Refuge, Mighty God, Prince of Peace, the Spirit, the Spirit of the Lord, the Holy Spirit, Everlasting Father, the Son of God, the Son of man, the Lamb of God, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, the Chosen Servant, the eternal High Priest, the Bridegroom, the Husband, the First and the Last, the Faithful and True, the Truth, the Way, the Life, the Living Water, the Heavenly Manna, the Good Shepherd, the eternal Temple of God, the Rock or the Capstone, the Author and Perfecter of our Faith, Love, the True Friend, the True Neighbor, the Refining Fire, the Consuming Fire, the Compassionate God, the God of Justice, the Law-Giver, the Holy Judge, the Teacher, the Master, the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Lord of hosts etc etc. and the last but not the least is, the One who saves – i.e. the Savior or the Redeemer.
TO KNOW GOD IS TO EXPERIENCE HIM AS ALL ABOVE – THE FULLNESS OF HIS REVELATION, HIS TOTAL SELF OR PERSONALITY. Therefore, any one of the above would not suffice. Unless we know Him as all above and continually partake of all His Goodness, our faith cannot survive. In other words, the more we partake of His goodness, the stronger we grow in faith.
SYMBOLIC NAMES OF HIS SERVANTS:
Let us also be aware that God HAS OFTEN ADOPTED THE NAMES OF HIS SERVANTS, WHO ARE ALSO CALLED HIS SIGNS AND SYMBOLS (Isa 8:18), FOR HIMSELF, BECAUSE OF THE WORK THEIR NAMES SYMBOLIZED, TO MAKE KNOWN TO US THAT HE IS THE ONE – i.e. BOTH THE ORIGINAL AND THE ETERNAL.
DAVID – to demonstrate that He is the King and the Shepherd of His people (Jer 30:9, Ezek 34:23);
CYRUS – for He will Himself rebuild Israel, i.e. both the physical and the spiritual nation of Israel (Isa 45:13);
ELIAKIM** – for He is the Chief Steward and Spokesperson of God (Isa 22:20-24) etc.
[**Remember how Israel was once too afraid to let God speak to them Himself and demanded that only Moses be their spokesman (Ex 20:18-19)? Whenever men choose ‘any other, even if it is a man chosen by God’ OVER GOD, they invite nothing but trouble upon themselves! However, by His incredible mercy, for our total deliverance and freedom, He brought all man’s interventions to a standstill, after He appeared in Flesh and lived among men teaching and preaching the Word of God and continues to do so, transcending all linguistic barriers, to unite us by His Spirit that is poured out upon us (Acts 2:8-12)!]
As such, it would have made better sense if the teachers of the Law in Israel had taught the people to call Him “David”, for instance, INSTEAD OF THE SENSELESS AND SELF-GLORIFYING ‘the Son of David’. And indeed they were rightly reprimanded by the Lord Himself for the same (Mk 12:35-40).
Yet, we cannot overlook the fact that HE WHOSE SPIRIT INTERCEDES ON OUR BEHALF, SEES AND UNDERSTANDS OUR INNERMOST THOUGHTS AND OUR EVERY MOTIVE, HE HEARS OUR CRY AND IS QUICK TO RESPOND WITH COMPASSION AND DELIVERANCE (Rom 8:26-27). For example, just as He did, even though Bartimaeus the blind man had cried out, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mk 10:48).
THE NAME ‘JESUS’:
Likewise, on the flip side, the name ‘Jesus’, improvised and coined by man, will also stand as a living testimony against man’s unfaithfulness! “The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable – how much more so when brought with evil intent!” (Prov 21:27). Therefore the Word of God will be a snare to them (Isa 28:13).
Because, the very name nullifies their argument as obviously the word ‘Jesus’ which ought to mean ‘the One who saves’ is not found in the English language. AS SUCH THE NAME IS FOREIGN TONGUE TO THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, JUST AS IT IS TO THE JEWISH AND TO ALL OTHERS BESIDES, DUE TO THEIR UNFAITHFULNESS. The placatory suggestion that Jesus is the anglicized shorter version of the original word ‘Yeshua’ serves merely as a cover-up, nothing more.
[It is certainly more than likely that ‘Jesus’ was meant to be a crafty improvisation of ‘Zeus’ one of the Lycaonian gods – after all upon seeing the miracles Paul and Barnabas were doing in their place, the Lycaonians were quick to call them after their gods Hermes and Zeus respectively and worship them (Acts 14:11-18) and we see that the duo were particularly grieved and appalled at the idea of being worshiped more than anything else!! The pagan rituals and imagery still in use by the Catholics in particular, directly in contravention to God’s holy laws, are ample proofs.]
HOWEVER, LET US NOT FORGET THAT THE NAME ‘JESUS’ WHICH CAME TO US IN A FOREIGN TONGUE (PERFECTLY IN KEEPING WITH THE PROPHECY) DOES NOT IN ANY WAY CONJURE UP THE IMAGE OF ANY FOREIGN GOD, WHO IN EVERY MANNER IS UNKNOWN TO US AND WILL REMAIN SO AS THE LORD HAS SYMBOLICALLY OBLITERATED THE VERY PLACE AND ITS ‘gods’.
Instead, the name ‘Jesus’ has since come to connote the very REVELATION of the Only One, the Savior of all mankind, who came in the Name of the Lord, Who is the Son of God, born of a virgin, sinless and without blemish, Who by His vicarious death on the cross “….bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors” (Isa 53) and lives on, exalted and seated at the right hand of the Father,AND WHO WILL YET COME AGAIN TO AT LAST PUT AN END TO ALL WICKEDNESS, SATAN INCLUDED.
SUFFICE FOR US TO KNOW THAT HE IS THE SAVIOR BECAUSE OF WHAT HE DID AND NOT WHAT HE IS CALLED IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES.
That is why when we gather in His Presence, we worship Him by honoring Him as the Lamb of God by partaking of the Lord’s Table with grateful hearts to ever commemorate (eg. Matt 26:29, Rev 5:6-14) His holy sacrifice which alone paved the Way for us in the first place.
Jesus or Yeshua, it makes no difference to us because of what He means to us, to all those of us who have been blessed with His fellowship and are filled by His Spirit. Because the Spirit of Truth testifies for Him better than any human tongue or language, and in turn enables us to do the same (Acts 2:8-11, Jn 15:26-27).
Therefore, in case one should harbor uncertainty about calling Him by the name ‘Jesus’, DO NOT!!
You shall boldly revere the Name. Do not be misled into either creating a new one or retracting your steps to search in vain for the original word. Simply trust Him and hold on for a little more time when He will Himself reveal that awesome and most wonderful Name to us in ‘Person’.
As you can see, it is not merely the name Jesus but the vital knowledge of God, the great Salvation Work of God that we have come to associate with it which is important. We revere Him for in Him Alone is the Word of God found reinstated, which was lost to mankind due to man’s relentless unfaithfulness; out of Him Alone was poured out, the sanctifying Blood of God that reconciles one to God forever; and because of Him Alone the Spirit of God was also poured out to us, to intercede on our behalf and guide us into all truth.
Therefore, the Name is and shall be revered above all names!
Just as it reminds in Phil 2:9-10, “Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the Name that is above every Name, 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.”
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