Posted by: admin888 Post Date: June 29, 2019

Son of God, Son of Man

How does the Bible’s emphasis on the meaning of names—especially God’s name—apply to praying in the name of Jesus? Since a person’s name represents his collective characteristics, the names of the second person of the Trinity convey all that He is, both as the Son of God and as the Son of Man— His nature, power, and glory.

Like God the Father, the Son has a variety of names that describe who He is. In the Old Testament, some of His names are the “Seed” (Genesis 3:15 NKJV), “the Branch” (Zechariah 6:12), and “Immanuel [“God with us”]” (Isaiah 7:14). In the New Testament, the Son has many designations, but the first
we read of is the name Jesus.

Jesus’ earthly parents didn’t name Him—His name was given by God, His heavenly Father. (See Luke 1:31; Matthew 1:21.) God named Jesus to affirm Jesus was His Son and to express His identity and role. The name Jesus means “Savior”—He came to earth as a human to accomplish the salvation of the world. Therefore, Jesus is the name of Christ in His humanity— as the Son of Man. However, I AM is the name of Christ in His divinity—as the Son of God. “‘I tell you the truth,’ Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I am!’” (John 8:58).

Jesus Christ is the revelation of God in human form. Because He is fully divine as well as fully human, He is ascribed a variety of names, just as God the Father is. Praying in the name of Jesus, therefore, means calling on all His attributes.

Prayer: Father, Jesus’ name is above every other name. May I always bow to His name, remembering that there is no other name by which I can be saved.
In Jesus’ name, amen.

Thought: Jesus Christ is the revelation of God in human form

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