The Relationship Between God’s Names and His Work of Salvation

The Relationship Between God’s Names and His Work of Salvation

By Xia Lin The Old Testament records, “I, even I, am Jehovah; and beside Me there is no savior” (Isaiah 43:11). “Jehovah … is My name for ever, and this is My memorial to all generations” (Exodus 3:15). The New Testament also states, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8). “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Seeing all this, some brothers and sisters can’t help but feel confused: It was mentioned in the Old Testament that the name of Jehovah God would never change, but why did Jehovah become Jesus? And why does God’s name change? In order to gain some clarity on this issue, first let us look at Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” From this verse, we see that in the beginning, God was called God and He didn’t have a name. After mankind was corrupted by Satan, they urgently needed God’s salvation, and only then did God take corresponding names according to His management work. Accordingly, God’s name changes with the age and His work. The work in the Age of Law is the first step in God’s management plan to save mankind. In the Age of Law, God issued the laws through Moses to guide mankind’s lives on earth. And He also witnessed His name to Moses, just as He said, “Thus shall you say to the children of Israel, Jehovah, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you: this is My name for ever, and this is My memorial to all generations” (Exodus 3:15). “I am Jehovah: And I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by My name JEHOVAH was I not known to them” (Exodus 6:2–3). God promulgated commandments and laws and decrees with the name of Jehovah among the Israelites. He used these commandments and laws to constrain man from committing sins; this guided people to properly live the life of worshiping God. Those Israelites who upheld Jehovah God’s laws would live under the care and protection of God and enjoy God’s blessings; those who violated God’s laws and commandments would be stoned to death, or would be incinerated by fires. With regard to the significance of God taking the name of Jehovah, I read the following passage in a book, “‘Jehovah’ is the name that I took during My work in Israel, and it means the God of the Israelites (God’s chosen people) who can take pity on man, curse man, and guide the life of man. It means the God who possesses great power and is full of wisdom. … The name Jehovah is a particular name for the people of Israel who lived under the law. In each age and each stage of work, My name is not baseless, but holds representative significance: Each name represents one age. ‘Jehovah’ represents the Age of Law, and is the honorific for the God worshiped by the people of Israel” (“The Savior Has Already Returned Upon a ‘White Cloud’”). From these words we see that Jehovah is a name specific to the Age of Law, and is the name God took when He did the first step of His work of saving mankind. The Israelites all respected the name of Jehovah as a holy name, prayed to Jehovah God, and worshiped Jehovah God. Living under the law, they also felt the man-pitying, man-cursing disposition of God. But the name Jehovah only represents the Age of Law, and the work God did and the disposition God expressed in that Age. When the Age of Law ended and the Age of Grace came, the name of Jehovah was no longer brought up. Jehovah God once said, “Jehovah … is My name for ever, and this is My memorial to all generations,” but the “for ever” and “to all generations” mentioned here were about God’s work in that age. That is, God’s name in that age would not change until His work in that age was completed. But when God ends His work in that age and begins new work, His name also changes. At the end of the Age of Law, because mankind was corrupted by Satan ever more deeply, gradually man couldn’t adhere to the laws and there were no longer enough sin offerings. If this had continued, then mankind would all have died under the laws, and God’s creation of mankind would have been meaningless. In order to save us humans who lived in sin, God ended the Age of Law, initiated the Age of Grace, and did the work of redeeming mankind in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then, what is the significance of the name Jesus? This book says, “‘Jesus’ is Emmanuel, and it means the sin offering that is full of love, full of compassion, and redeems man. He did the work of the Age of Grace, and represents the Age of Grace, and can only represent one part of the management plan. … Which is to say, the name of Jesus came from the Age of Grace, and existed because of the work of redemption in the Age of Grace. The name of Jesus existed to allow the people of the Age of Grace to be reborn and saved, and is a particular name for the redemption of the whole of mankind. And so the name Jesus represents the work of redemption, and denotes the Age of Grace. … ‘Jesus’ represents the Age of Grace, and is the name of the God of all those who were redeemed during the Age of Grace” (“The Savior Has Already Returned Upon a ‘White Cloud’”). In the Age of Grace, God did the work of redemption of the crucifixion under the name of Jesus….

Why Does God’s Name Change

Why Does God’s Name Change?

By Qingxin It is recorded in the Old Testament, “I, even I, am Jehovah; and beside Me there is no savior” (Isaiah 43:11). “Jehovah … is My name for ever, and this is My memorial to all generations” (Exodus 3:15). It clearly states in the Scriptures that the name of Jehovah is for ever, and yet it says in the New Testament that God’s name changed to Jesus, as it says, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8). Why does God’s name change? What is the mystery behind this? I found the answer to this question in a book. The book says: “‘Jehovah’ is the name that I took during My work in Israel, and it means the God of the Israelites (God’s chosen people) who can take pity on man, curse man, and guide the life of man. It means the God who possesses great power and is full of wisdom. ‘Jesus’ is Emmanuel, and it means the sin offering that is full of love, full of compassion, and redeems man. He did the work of the Age of Grace, and represents the Age of Grace, and can only represent one part of the management plan. That is to say, only Jehovah is the God of the chosen people of Israel, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob, the God of Moses, and the God of all the people of Israel. And so in the current age, all the Israelites apart from the tribe of Judah worship Jehovah. They make sacrifices to Him on the altar, and serve Him wearing priests’ robes in the temple. What they hope for is the reappearance of Jehovah. Only Jesus is the Redeemer of mankind. He is the sin offering that redeemed mankind from sin. Which is to say, the name of Jesus came from the Age of Grace, and existed because of the work of redemption in the Age of Grace. The name of Jesus existed to allow the people of the Age of Grace to be reborn and saved, and is a particular name for the redemption of the whole of mankind. And so the name Jesus represents the work of redemption, and denotes the Age of Grace. The name Jehovah is a particular name for the people of Israel who lived under the law. In each age and each stage of work, My name is not baseless, but holds representative significance: Each name represents one age. ‘Jehovah’ represents the Age of Law, and is the honorific for the God worshiped by the people of Israel. ‘Jesus’ represents the Age of Grace, and is the name of the God of all those who were redeemed during the Age of Grace” (“The Savior Has Already Returned Upon a ‘White Cloud’”). By reading this passage, we can realize that God has no set name, but rather He takes different names in different ages according to both the work He performs and the disposition He expresses in that age. One name only represents one age, one stage of work and one facet of God’s disposition, and God’s name does not change for as long as the age lasts. In the Age of Law, for example, the name of God was Jehovah, and with this name He formally began the work of the Age of Law; He proclaimed His law, led man in their lives on earth, required that they worship Him on earth, and those who adhered strictly to the law received God’s blessing and guidance. If anyone violated the law, then they were struck by heavenly fire or stoned to death. The disposition God expressed in that age was the disposition of righteousness and majesty, and the name Jehovah was taken in accordance with the work of proclaiming the law and the disposition God expressed. At the end of the Age of Law, because man was becoming more and more corrupted and was no longer able to keep the law, they all faced being punished and condemned for violating the law. In order to save mankind, God personally incarnated into the world and, with the name Jesus, He began the Age of Grace, performed the work of redemption, brought a rich abundance of grace to mankind and expressed His disposition of mercy and lovingkindness. He redeemed us from sin, and as long as we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus, then we can obtain bountiful grace from God. To say it another way, the name Jesus was God’s name in the Age of Grace, and it represented God’s work in the Age of Grace as well as the disposition God expressed during that age. We can therefore know from the two past stages of God’s work that God’s name changes along with His work, and that the name God takes in each age has representative significance in that it represents His work as well as the disposition He expresses in each age. God uses His name to begin ages and to change the age from one to another. That is, every time the age changes and God’s work changes, God must then take a new name—this is a principle of God’s work. Although, during the course of God’s salvation of mankind, He was once called Jehovah and was also once called Jesus, God’s essence never changes; God is eternally God, and it is always one God who performs these works. For example, when someone goes to work as a teacher in a school, people will call him teacher. Then, that same person may change careers and become a doctor, and then people will call him doctor. If that person then becomes a manager of a company, then people will call him manager. But the person himself remains the same, it’s just his job that changes, and therefore people will call him by different titles. Actually, from God’s work, we are able to see that God’s name is not forever…

Disclose the Mystery of God’s Names—Jehovah and Jesus

Disclose the Mystery of God’s Names—Jehovah and Jesus

By Weichen One day, Xunguang came to visit her co-worker Wang Li. After they chatted for a while, Xunguang raised a question, “In the age of the Old Testament, God’s name was Jehovah; in the age of the New Testament, God’s name was Jesus. And according to the prophecy in Revelation, ‘I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God: and I will write on him my new name’ (Revelation 3:12), in the last days, when the Lord comes again He will have a new name. Why does God take different names in different ages?” Thinking for a short while, Wang Li answered with a smile: “I’ll share a bit of my personal knowledge and understanding on this question.” She continued: “To understand why God takes different names in different ages, we must first understand why God took on names. Before communicating, let’s first read this passage: ‘God originally had no name. He only took on one, or two, or many names because He had work to do and had to manage mankind.’ From these words, we can see that God is the Creator and did not originally have a name, and that He then took on different names in accordance with the needs of His work of saving mankind. Let’s use an example. In Exodus 3:13 it records: ‘And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the children of Israel, and shall say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say to them?’ And Exodus 3:15 says: ‘And God said moreover to Moses, Thus shall you say to the children of Israel, Jehovah, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial to all generations.’ From these verses we can see: God took the name ‘Jehovah’ when He called Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. It was only after He took this name, which made it convenient for the Israelites to call and pray to Him, that they came to know that the Lord who created the heavens and earth and all things, and who is the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, was named Jehovah. From then on, God began the work of the Age of Law with the name Jehovah, which means that He started His management plan to save mankind.” Having heard her words, Xunguang nodded thoughtfully and said: “Oh! Now I see. The name Jehovah taken by God represents God’s work of leading mankind in the Age of Law.” Wangli continued speaking, “Yeah! The names God has taken in each age are extremely significant. Apart from making it convenient for the Israelites to call and pray to Him, His names also represent the different dispositions He expresses as well as His different work in different ages. In the Age of Law, God took on the name Jehovah, and this name represented God’s disposition of majesty, wrath, curse and mercy, which He expressed to mankind in that age. Just as a passage of words says: ‘“Jehovah” is the name that I took during My work in Israel, and it means the God of the Israelites (God’s chosen people) who can take pity on man, curse man, and guide the life of man. It means the God who possesses great power and is full of wisdom.’ Then, with the name Jehovah, God began the work of the Age of Law. He promulgated laws and commandments and officially led newborn mankind to live on earth. He required people to strictly comply with the laws, to learn to worship Him, and to respect Him as great. Blessings and grace would follow anyone who upheld the law; anyone who violated the law would be stoned to death or be burned to death by the fire from heaven. So the Israelites under the law strictly abided by it, and revered the name of Jehovah as holy. They lived under the guidance of Jehovah for several thousand years. In the latter period of the Age of Law, as mankind became more and more corrupt and sinful and they were incapable of adhering to the law, they were all in constant danger of being punished for violating the law. Therefore, God performed the next stage of His work—the work of redemption, under the name Jesus. He initiated the Age of Grace, concluding the Age of Law, and expressed God’s compassionate and loving disposition. He also bestowed rich grace upon man, and in the end was crucified for man, thus saving man from Satan’s grip. In the Age of Grace, when the Lord came, if He was not called Jesus, but was called Jehovah, then God’s work would have remained in the Age of Law, and corrupt mankind would have never received God’s redemption; in the end, man would have ended up being condemned and punished for violating the laws. The name Jesus that God took on was to allow the people in the Age of Grace to be born again and gain salvation. It represents God’s work of redemption as well as His disposition of mercy and love. All those who prayed in the name of Jesus were the ones who kept up with God’s new work and who lived in the Age of Grace, while those who still prayed in the name of Jehovah were people who remained in the old age and did not gain the Lord Jesus’ salvation. At that time, people who had caught up with God’s new work started praying in the name of Jesus, holding His name as holy, receiving redemption from God and enjoying His rich grace. With this…

Mystery of God's Name

The Mystery of God’s Name – Crosstalk

It is prophesied in the Book of Revelation, chapter 3, verse 12, that the Lord shall have a new name upon His return. So now that the Lord has returned in the last days, can we still call Him Jesus? What mysteries are hidden within God’s name?

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