In the Old Testament God clearly revealed Himself as the Eternal I Am, YHWH, Yahweh or Jehovah. Although God’s Divine Name remains unchangeable, under the New Covenant of the New Testament the emphasis is most definitely on a new name - the name of Jesus Christ. The following scriptural references make this abundantly clear:
- Miraculous signs evidenced in the name of Jesus (Mark 16:17; Acts 4:30)
- Hated for bearing the name of Jesus (Matt. 10:22; 24:9)
- Hope in the name of Jesus (Matt. 12:21)
- Whoever receives a little child in Jesus name receives Jesus (Matt. 18:5)
- Encouraged to gather together in the name of Jesus (Matt. 18:20)
- Great eternal reward for those who have made great sacrifices for the name of Jesus (Matt. 19:29)
- Evil spirits cast out in the name of Jesus (Mark 9:38-39; Acts 16:18)
- Demons subjected to the name of Jesus (Luke 10:17)
- Address the Father in Jesus name (John 14:13-14; 15:16; 16:23-24)
- The Holy Spirit sent in the name of Jesus (John 14:26)
- Witnesses to the name of Jesus (Acts 1:8)
- Baptised in the name of Jesus (Acts 2:38; 8:16; 10:48)
- Healed in the name of Jesus (Acts 3:6-10)
- Faith in the name of Jesus (Acts 3:16)
- The name of Jesus is the only name that salvation is found in (Acts 4:10-12)
- Threatened by hostile religious authorities not to speak in the name of Jesus (Acts 4:17-18; 5:28, 40)
- The apostles rejoiced at being counted worthy of suffering for the name of Jesus (Acts 5:41)
- The early Christians called upon the name of Jesus (Acts 9:14, 21; 1 Cor. 1:2) and even prayed directly to Jesus (Acts 7:59)
- The name of Jesus bore before gentiles, kings, and the sons of Israel (Acts 9:15)
- Christians suffered for the name of Jesus (Acts 9:16)
- Speak boldly in the name of Jesus (Acts 9:27-28)
- Forgiveness of sins in the name of Jesus (Acts 10:43)
- Christians risk their lives for the name of Jesus (Acts 15:26)
- The name of Jesus magnified and glorified (Acts 19:17; 2 Thess. 1:12)
- Paul was willing to die for the name of Jesus (Acts 21:13)
- Opponents show hostility to the name of Jesus (Acts 26:9)
- Washed, sanctified and justified in the name of Jesus (1 Cor. 6:11)
- The name of Jesus is the name above every name (Eph. 1:21; Phil. 2:9)
- Give thanks for all things in the name of Jesus (Eph. 5:20)
- Whatever we do, do it in the name of Jesus (Col. 3:17)
- Jesus’ name more excellent than that of any angel (Heb. 1:4)
- God’s command is to believe in the name of Jesus (1 John 3:23)
- Persevere, endure, and hold fast to the name of Jesus (Rev. 2:3, 13)
In the light of such abundant scriptural evidence, the name of Jesus is clearly very important in the New Testament. The reason for this is that the Person of Jesus Christ is very important and it is only through faith in Him that we can have salvation (e.g. John 10:9; 14:6; Acts 4:10-12).
Furthermore, Jesus Christ is also clearly identified as Saviour (Luke 2:11; 2 Tim. 1:10; Titus 1:4, 2:13, 3:6 etc.).
The startling thing about this is that, it is Jehovah alone in whom salvation is found and none other:
‘I am Jehovah, and besides me there is no saviour.’ (Isa. 43:11)
‘...Is it not I, Jehovah, besides whom there is no other God, a righteous God and a Saviour, there being none excepting me.’ (Isa. 45:21d-22).
How can Jehovah and Jesus both be saviour when Isaiah says that Jehovah alone is saviour? The answer is in the biblical truth that Jesus Christ also goes by this Divine Name of Jehovah.
For example: Isaiah speaks of making the way clear for Jehovah (Isa. 40:3) - Mark describes how this passage is fulfilled in the New Testament when John the Baptist made the way clear for Jesus (Mark 1:2-4).
Isaiah also describes an incredible vision of Jehovah on a throne (Isa. 6:1-5). John takes this account and applies it directly to Jesus! (John 12:37-42).
Some other examples are: Isa. 8:13-14 with 1 Pet. 2:4-9; Psalm 102:25-27 with Heb. 1:10-12; Jer. 17:10 with Rev. 2:18, 23, Isa. 45:23 with Phil. 2:10-11, etc.
Other examples of Jesus going by this Divine Name of Jehovah is also seen by Jehovah and Jesus sharing other things in common. Just some examples (there are many more):
Jehovah is King (Ps. 95:3) - Jesus is King (Rev. 17:14); Jehovah is Light (Ps. 27:1) - Jesus is Light (John 8:12); Jehovah is the Rock (Ps. 89:26) - Jesus is the Rock (1 Pet. 2:4-8); Jehovah is Shepherd (Ps. 23:1) - Jesus is Shepherd (John 10:11); Jehovah is Husband (Isa. 54:5) - Jesus is Husband (2 Cor. 11:2); Jehovah is Creator (Isa 44:24) - Jesus is Creator (Col. 1:15-20); Jehovah is eternal (Ps. 102:26-27) - Jesus is eternal (Isa. 9:6); Jehovah forgives sin (Ex. 34:6-7) - Jesus forgives sin (Mark 2:5-7); Jehovah is called the First and Last (Isa. 48:12) - Jesus is called the First and Last (Rev. 2:8); Jehovah receives worship (Ex. 10:26) - Jesus receives worship (Matt. 14:33; 28:9, 17; John 9:38; Heb. 1:6. Greek word is proskuneo the same as what is used of the Father in John 4:20-24); Jehovah is God (Deut 6:4) - Jesus is God (John 20:28).
Christians uphold the name of Jesus simply because they recognise that the New Testament upholds the name of Jesus. Jehovah (or Yahweh) is the old covenant name that was given prominence in the Old Testament, but as was seen, even this name is applied to the Lord Jesus as well. The whole of the New Testament is focused on Jesus. Every page echoes this wonderful name. If Christ was simply a mere creature, as Jehovah's Witnesses teach, this surely would be creature worship as such focus on a creature would have to be wrong. But if Jesus is God, Jehovah, it is perfectly understandable why such prominence is given Him.
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