Monday, August 10, 2009

THE NAME OF GOD


The Name of God is the manifestation of His gracious character, covenant relationship, and glorious perfections. Look at it as revealed to Moses' heart, and sounded in his ears, "The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, f'orgiving iniquity arid transgression and sin, and that will bv no means clear the guilty" (Ex. 34:6-7).

The Name of God is the unfolding of His love, grace, mercy, pity, and compassion in the Person, work, blood, and obedience of' Jesus. God says of Him as the Covenant Angel, "My Name is in Him" (Ex. 23:21)

This means that all the fulness of God dwells, abides in Him. In fact it declares Him to be co-essential, co-equal, and co-eternal with the Father and the Holy Ghost. He is the expression of the Father's love to His covenant people. His Father's mercy flows to them in the stream of His own heart's blood. A Father's pity to His children is conveyed to them in the sympathy of His once sorrowing and broken heart. He is the Wisdom of God – the "the Only Wise God" (I Cor. 1:24: Jude 25).

He is God's Salvation – the Salvation of God – "for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).

The glory of JEHOVAH'S Name can never be unfolded by the most eloquent or elegant utterances of men or angels. All that is known of Him savingly is in the Person of His Son, by the power of His Spirit, through the preciousness of His Truth. His perfections are gloriously displayed in Christ. His grace and salvation are sweetly revealed in the Scriptures of truth. Listen to the words of Christ in respect to this, "I have manifested Thy Name unto the men which thou gavest Me out of the world: Thine they were, and Thou gavest them Me; and they have kept Thy word" (John 17:6).

Also the 26th verse, "And I have declared unto them Thy Name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith Thou hast loved Me may be in them, and I in them."

By Thomas Bradbury

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