I have mentioned in my posts here and on my Facebook page that we have to believe in who God says He is. Well, just Who does God say He is?
One of the best ways to know who God is is by the names He calls himself. When Jesus taught us to pray He told us to start out by giving God’s name reverence and honor. Well, we have to know God’s name to honor and reverence it, don’t we?
There are no less that forty and as many as fifty different names that God uses to describe Himself in the Bible. Here we will look specifically at the ones that describe the covenant He made with Jesus and we share in through believing in Him.
So, here we go.
In Jeremiah 23:6 He is called the Lord our righteousness. We have many ideas as to what righteousness is but simply it means as it should be or as God meant it to be. He never meant for us to be apart from Him. In the new testament we see that in Jesus we now have God’s righteousness that cannot be earned but we accept as a free gift. 2 Cor 5:21, Romans 5:17, Romans 10:10, and the list goes on. When we see ourselves as being righteous in Jesus, we will live life as God meant it to be lived without struggling to earn something from God! In Jesus you are at the same level of “as you were meant to be” as God is!
In Exodus 31:13 He is called the Lord who sanctifies. In other words He sets us apart from the world for Himself! There are many scriptures in the new testament that describe this relationship through Jesus. 1 Cor 1:30, Galatians 2:20 (which says we are dead to this world through Jesus), 1 Cor 6:11 (set apart by His Spirit), 1 Peter 2:9, and more.
In Judges 6:24 He is called the Lord is peace. God is never the author of chaos. See Romans 15:33, Romans 8:6, Philippians 4:7 and others to see where peace fits into our relationship with Jesus.
In Psalm 46:1 He is present in times of trouble! Actually He is always with us according to Hebrews 13:5, John 14:17 (present by His Spirit), John 17:21-23, and Matthew 28:20.
In Exodus 15:26 he is the Lord who Heals. Matthew 8:17, says that Jesus took all of our sickness. We are free from the curse of sickness in Galatians 3:13. We have life through His Spirit in Romans 8:11. And the list goes on.
Genesis 22:14 tells us that God is our provider and He is not the Lord el cheapo! John 10:10 which applies to every area of life including material things says Jesus came to give us abundant life. Romans 8:32 says He freely gave us the most precious gift of Jesus and then asks the question; why would He withhold anything from us? 2 Cor 1:20 tells us that every promise God made to anyone is now ours in Jesus. That’s a lot of promises! And the best part about having all the promises is that Jesus already became the curse that was the flip side of the promises!
Stick with me here, there’s two more that we will cover.
God is our shepherd in Psalm 23:1. Totally awesome! I don’t know about you but I need a shepherd! We have a lot of sheep in the country around here and talking about something that is lost without a shepherd! But we are no different now are we. Our relationship with Jesus is again filled with promises of guidance. Romans 8:14, Colossians 1:9, John 16:13, John 10:11 just to mention a few.
And we can’t leave out Jehovah-Nissi from Exodus 17:15 the Lord our victory or the Lord our Banner! He is our protection! 1 Cor 15:57, 2 Cor 2:14, 1 John 5:18 all show this part of our relationship through Jesus.
Those are just a few of the many names that God calls himself. We are told not to take the name of God in vain. What is vain? The definition of vain in this sense would be without real significance, value, or importance; baseless or worthless. There have been many times that I have accepted circumstances in my life that were contrary to who I know God to be and what He wants for my life and what has been freely given in Jesus. I had to repent (which literally means to change your mind or opinion) for taking God’s name in vain and asked Him to lead me back into the path of light. He always does because He is faithful!
We not only have the names of God but Jesus showed us God. He said many times that if you have seen Me you have seen the Father. Jesus is the only one who has seen God. He came from the presence of God. He was is and always will be the only begotten son of the Father (we are adopted children 🙂 ). Read the Gospels. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Don’t just read to form doctrines but to see how he treated people. The only people he rebuked were the religious leaders of the day who were making it hard for the people to follow God. He healed everyone that came to Him in faith. He fed the hungry, freed those enslaved to sin, reached out in love to everyone who reached out to Him. If you really see Jesus, you will see the Father.
We have to accept God for who He says He is and who Jesus showed Him to be. We have to interpret scripture based on our relationship with God through Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. God’s wrath has been poured out on Jesus. For Him to pour out wrath on anyone let alone His children would be denying what His own son did for the whole world.
Isaiah 52:5-7 says that God’s people are taken captive because of what they have been told about God. Because of what they believe about God, His name is blasphemed. Sounds all too familiar. But it also tells of the day when truth about who He is will be proclaimed and the people will rejoice!
God wants now and has always wanted a family to love and make an example of in love. Will you believe he is who he says he is?