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About-Him.Com Devotional 08-07-2010
The Name Above Every Name
Philippians 2:9 NKJV - Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above everyname,10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
How precious is the name of Jesus, bestowed on Him by His Father, because of His voluntary submission to death on the cross of Calvary ( Isa. 53:12; Lu. 24:26; Heb. 2:10). Note that Jesus was given “The Name” that is above every name, i.e., the eternal, unique name of God Almighty.
When the Lord appeared to Moses in the burning bush, He commanded Moses to go to the children of Israel and tell them that he had been visited by the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and anointed of Him to effect their deliverance. Moses told the Lord that they would want to know the name of this God of the fathers, and asked, "What shall I say unto them"? God answered in Ex. 3:l4, "I AM THAT I AM'. I AM is the imperfect tense of the verb "to be". The imperfect tense is one which expresses an incomplete or continuing action. Here God is saying, "I Am self existent, and I will become what I will become". In verse l3 God identifies Himself as the LORD God of your fathers, and states that Jehovah would be His name forever, and His memorial to all generations. When the word "LORD" appears in the King James translation of the Old Testament, using four capital letters, it is a substitution for the name JEHOVAH.
We are told by language experts that “I Am", and, "Jehovah", are both forms of the verb "to be". "I AM", is the first person form, and "Jehovah" is the third person form of the same verb. By using the name I Am, God is declaring that "I am self-existent, I Am what I am and I will become what I will become." Jesus emphasizes this fact in Revelation 1:8, where He said, “I AM Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty."
As God progressively revealed Himself to His people, it was by different applications of the everlasting name Jehovah. When Abraham told Isaac that the LORD would provide Himself a lamb, it was Jehovah-jireh (Gen. 22:l4- The Lord will provide). When Israel needed victory it was Jehovah-nissi (Ex. l7:l5 The LORD our banner). When the Lord demanded holiness it was Jehovah-m'kaddesh (Ex. 3l:l3 The LORD that sanctifies). There are other compound names of Jehovah that denote His presence, attributes, and activity. As God progressively revealed Himself to His people, He did so through His name. The culmination of this was when the LORD JEHOVAH became my Savior (Isa. l2:2) They called His name JESUS (Lu 1:21), which is the Greek translation of the Hebrew name "JEHOSHUA", which means "JEHOVAH IS BECOME MY SALVATION".
Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God [is] my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH [is] my strength and [my] song; he also is become my salvation.
Ephesians 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; [even] in him:
Throughout His ministry, Jesus boldly used the name I AM, applying the very eternal name of God unto Himself. This did not go unnoticed or unchallenged. When Jesus proclaimed that before Abraham was, I AM (Jn. 8:59), the Pharisees tried to kill Him by stoning. They tried again in John 10:33 and explained it was because, “that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.” When soldiers came to arrest Him and asked for Jesus, Jesus replied, I Am He," and the soldiers fell to the ground at the mention of the sacred name (Jn. 18:6).
Jesus told the woman at the well that He was the Messiah by saying, “I AM He.”
In John 6:35 He said, “ I AM the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
In John 8:23, Jesus said, “I AM from above.”
In John 8:58 Jesus proclaimed that He was Eternal God by stating, “Before Abraham was, I AM..”
In Jn. 9:5 Jesus said, “I AM the light of the world.
In John 10:11 Jesus said, I AM the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
In John 11:25 Jesus said, “I AM the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.
In John 13:13 Jesus told his disciples that I Am your Lord and Master.
In John 14:6 Jesus said,” I Am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
In John 15:1Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.”
In Revelation 1:8, Jesus said, “ I AM Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
In Revelation 1:17 Jesus said, “.... Fear not; I AM the first and the last.”
The name JESUS contains all that God has ever been, all that He is, and all that He will be. This name contains and denotes all the character and attributes of God. This is the name of the Lord God who will sit upon the throne of David (Ps. 132.11). This is the name in Whom all things in heaven and earth are to be gathered together in one (Eph.l:l0). This is the name far above all principality and power, and every name that is named not only in this world, but also in that which is to come (Eph. l:2l). This is the name of Jehovah that we are told to call on and make mention that His name is exalted. (Isa. l2:4). This is the highly exalted name to whom we all are going to bow and confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Phil. 2:9-ll), the everlasting Father, whom Isaiah said would be a Son born, and a child given, Immanuel, God with us (Isa. 9:6,7:l4). This is the name in whom we believe to obtain life (Jn. 20:3l). This is the name in whom we have repentance and remission of sin (Luke 24:47,Acts 2:38). It was by His name through faith in His name that the lame man was healed at the gate of the temple (Acts 4:l0). It is this name and this name only, that was given that we might obtain salvation (Acts 4:l2).
The Psalmist likened the name of the Lord to a strong tower into which the righteous flee for safety. In bible times towers were built in open land as fortresses to guard against marauders, much as castles were used in medieval times. Romans 6:3 speaks of being baptized INTO Christ. Galatians 3:27 says that as many as have been baptized INTO Christ have put on Christ. ll Corinthians. 5:l7 tells us that if any man be IN Christ he is a new creature. How do I run into this strong tower of the name of the Lord except by calling upon His name? Peter in Acts 2:2l told the assembled crowd that whosoever would call on the name of the Lord would be saved. They asked Peter "What shall we do"? They were in effect saying "How do we call upon the name of the Lord?" Peter answered in Acts 2:38 that they must repent, and be baptized in he name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins, making them worthy candidates to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
When we run into this tower of the name of Jesus, we find the power of God, for Jesus claimed all power of heaven and earth (Matt. 28:l8). We find all the authority of God, for Jesus said that whatever we ask in His name, He would do it ( Jn. l4:l4). We find all the attributes and character of God for Jesus is both the power and the wisdom of God (l Cor. l:24). If I desire wisdom, righteousness, holiness, power, love, mercy, understanding, knowledge, or any of the many attributes of God, I must find them in Jesus. When I enter this tower of the name of Jesus, I have need of nothing else, for Colossians 2:l2 tells me that in him dwells all the fullness of the godhead (deity) bodily, and that I am complete in him! If I desire to be a perfect man, I can obtain perfection according to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (Eph. 4:l3). All that I can learn of God is in Christ Jesus, who is the express image of the invisible God (Col. l:l5), and the very brightness of His substance (Heb. l:3).
What a day that will be when we all gather at the throne of God and joyfully pay homage to the One who bears the name above every name, the Lord Jesus Christ. In the meantime, Almighty God is just as close as His name, the precious name of Jesus.
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