Baby Names, Name Changes, and the Names of God
My wife and I recently had lunch with some good friends, who are expecting their third child. I asked, “Have you thought about names yet?” The conversation meandered around various suggestions in search of the perfect name.
Names are significant for many reasons: some names are passed down from family members, or in honor/memory of loved ones; some are meaningful because of the inherent meaning of the name; and some names just sound good to the parents. (And sometimes you wonder, “What were the parents thinking??”)
Through Scripture, names are revealed to have deep meanings, so much so that God sometimes changed people’s names to reveal a greater purpose He had for their lives. Abram became Abraham. Sarai became Sarah. Jacob became Israel. Simon became Peter. Saul became Paul.
Often overlooked, however, are the many names of God, and the significant revelations contained within each! For example, in Revelation 19, Jesus is called by several different names within just a few verses.
Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True…
…and he has a name written that no one knows but himself.
He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God.
On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.
Revelation 19:11-13, 16 ESV
Each of His names reveals an element of His character, His power, and His promise to us!
- Jesus is Faithful to His promises and True to His word in your life!
- Jesus is the Word of God, the very truth and breath of God that authoritatively speaks promises over your life.
- Jesus is King and Lord over everything that attempts to have any element of power or control over you.
- Jesus has names that you don’t even know of- He is more than you can imagine and has all the bases covered.
Jesus is the name above every other name! You can trust Him! Declare His name(s) over your life today!