WHAT ABOUT JESUS NAME?
©Copyright 2003 Randall D. Hughes
In the Old Testament we know that God was primarily known by the name YAHWEH or the English equivalent of JEHOVAH. In the Hebrew text this is represented by the Tetragramaton, YHVH. God revealed more and more of Himself throughout the Old Testament. As God revealed, His people began to call Him by compound Names to indicate His latest revealed characteristic. To Abraham with Isaac on the altar, God was JEHOVAH-JIREH, his Provider, Gen. 22:8, 14. When God healed the bitter water for the Children of Israel, He was JEHOVAH-RAPHA, the LORD that Healeth thee, Ex. 15:26. Here are a few additional compound Names of God
In the New Testament, we find that Isaiah 9:6 was fulfilled in the birth of Jesus Christ. The child was born and the Son was given. He was "God with us," Isa. 7:14. This was a new way of God revealing Himself. Although, in times past He has "spoken" in divers manners," in theophanies, the burning bush, the cloud, the pillar of fire, etc., He had never been attached to His creation in the manner He was now. And so God revealed His name at this time as, Jesus, or in Hebrew, Yeshua. This name is a compound name in the pattern of the Old Testament, meaning: "JEHOVAH is SAVIOR."
In this Name we find all of the attributes of the Old Testament encompassed. For "the Savior" is able to "provide," "heal," "bring victory," "sanctifie," "brings peace," "leads," "brings righteousness," and is "ever-present."
It is interesting to look at all of the various commands we
find in the New Testament relating to the name of Jesus.
There is one additional item that is alluded to in the above list, but is not named explicitly. And that is we are to be baptized in Jesus Name. This is alluded to in the references on washing and remission. But we find them explicitly in Acts 2:38; 8:16; 10:48, 19:5; 22:16;
There is also symbolical references found in Romans 6:3; 1 Corinthians 1:13; 6:11; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:11-12;
And yet in spite of all that has just been said above, somehow, the majority of Christianity does not baptize in Jesus name.
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