God’s Name- Is his name Jesus? Why is it important to know/use God’s name?
April 1, 2009
While praying to God in public, Jesus once said “…Father, glorify your name.” Therefore a voice came out of heaven: “I both glorified [it] and will glorify [it] again.'” (John 12:28) In John 17:6, Jesus also says “I have made your name manifest to the men…” and in verse 26, he says to God, “And I have made your name known to them and will make it known…”. As we can see very clearly, it was extremely important to Jesus that everyone know God’s name.
What then is God’s name? Some people believe that God’s name is Jesus Christ. However, as it is evident in John 12:28, Jesus prayed to his father. Is it possible to be one’s own father? Logically, of course not. Just as I cannot be my own mother, and you cannot be your own mother or father, the same is true for Jesus.
Psalm 83:18 reads, “That people may know that you, whose name is Jehovah, You alone are the Most High over all the earth.” Isaiah 12:4 says, “Give thanks to Jehovah, YOU people! Call upon his name. Make known among the peoples his dealings. Make mention that his name is put on high.” Yes, God does have a personal name- Jehovah. And what’s more, He wanted for everyone, including you and I, to know what his name is and use it. In fact, the very first human people he created, Adam and Eve, knew his name. How do we know this? Well, according to Genesis 4:1, after giving birth to Cain, Eve said, “I have produced a man with the aid of Jehovah.” This proves that they must have known God’s name.
How important is it that we use God’s name (Jehovah)? The apostle Paul said in Romans 10:13 that “everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved.” (Of course, being “saved” involves more than literally JUST knowing his name, but I will save that for a later blog.) Also, at the beginning of Jesus’s Model Prayer, Jesus put the sanctifying of God’s name before everything else that he asked for, showing us that his father’s name was of utmost importance. In Psalm 9:10 we read, “And those knowing your name will trust in you, For you will certainly not leave those looking for you, O Jehovah.” which shows that Jehovah cares about us.
“‘From the sun’s rising even to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place sacrificial smoke will be made, a presentation will be made to my name, even a clean gift; because my name will be great among the nations,’ Jehovah of armies has said.” (Malachi 1:11)
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