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The Trinity

The Names of Jesus

Isaiah 9:6-7
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
KJV

This one is harder than you might think. First, look at the Isaiah verse above. Consider briefly the implications of these names --

Some are obvious. But what about the child being called "the everlasting Father?" We have seen that God is God, the Father. And we have considered that Jesus is God the Son. But, here we find Jesus being called not only "mighty God" but also "everlasting Father." But, Jesus is the Son! So, the Son is the Father?! This is the marvel and miracle of the Trinity.

In 1925 T.C. Horton and Charles E. Hurlburt published a book entitled The Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord. In 1994 Moody Press published an adaptation of this work entitled the Names of Christ. In this book over three hundred names of Jesus are listed. Among them are Anointed One, Messiah (Christ), King of the Jews, Lion of Judah, Comforter, Lamb of God, Lord, Head, Prince, Chief Shepherd, Word of God. The list is almost endless. I highly recommend this short work to your reading.

On the other hand, I would like to focus briefly on the name of God as given in Exodus 3:14, consider a verse in Isaiah, and looks at the names of Jesus as given in John&s Gospel. Remember from our page on the Names of God, the Exodus name?
Exodus 3:14 And God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And He said, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, &I AM has sent me to you.& " NKJV

Throughout Isaiah chapters 40-55, God makes great use of this name. For example, consider --
Isaiah 41:4 Who has performed and done it, Calling the generations from the beginning? &I, the Lord, am the first; And with the last I am He.& " NKJV

Without getting into the Greek linguistics, Isaiah makes great use of the second "I Am" of the Exodus name, which in the Greek translation (Septuagint), uses a different wording structure than the the first "I Am." John picks up on both of these in his Gospel as Jesus declares:

John 8:58 Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM."
John 6:35 And Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."
John 10:7 Then Jesus said to them again, "Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
John 10:11 "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.
John 11:25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
John 15:1 I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

Along with John 8:58 (quoted above), John uses the "I Am" Greek combination in another other other verses without any qualifying description. These include 6:20, 8:24, 8:28, 18:6.

Envision God of the Old Testament. Jesus has applied God&s name and traits to Himself in these names, showing Jesus knew Himself to be God as He walked on earth. He is no pretender. When He declares that He is the Son of God and that God is His Father, Jesus demonstrates a clear understanding of the relationship we call the Trinity.

John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. NKJV

This is the way we walk with God. We walk in Christ! We walk in the power of the Trinity!

 

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