God’s name is recorded as being Yahweh in the Old Testament, but it is recorded as being Jesus in the New Testament. What’s the Meaning of God’s Name? Why does God’s name change?
It is recorded in the Old Testament that Jehovah is God’s name for ever, while in the New Testament it is said that Jesus is God’s name for ever. Since the name of Jehovah God and the name of the Lord Jesus both last forever, why did God’s name change?
Church Skit “God’s New Name” Introduction Xu Xin is a house church worker who is always enthusiastically seeking and yearns for the Lord’s return. One day, her niece testified to her that when the Lord returns He will take a new name and only those that accept God’s new name will be caught up before God’s throne. She based this testimony on the following prophecy from Revelation: “Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, … and I will write on him My new name” (Revelation 3:12). Xu Xin, however, believes that Jesus’ name will never change and that when the Lord returns He will still be called Jesus. This led the two of them to enter into a debate. What was the outcome of their debate? Will the Lord really take a new name upon His return? Watch the skit God’s New Name to find out.
Relevant Words of God: You should know that 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. Whatever name He is called by—did He not freely choose it Himself? Would He need you—one of His creatures—to decide it? The name by which God is called is a name that accords with what man is capable of apprehending, with the language of mankind, but this name is not something that man can encompass. from “The Vision of God’s Work (3)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh Could the name of Jesus—“God with us”—represent God’s disposition in its entirety? Could it fully articulate God? If man says that God can only be called Jesus and may not have any other name because God cannot change His disposition, these words are blasphemy indeed! Do you believe that the name Jesus, God with us, alone can represent God in His entirety? God may be called by many names, but among these many names, there is not one that is able to encapsulate all of God, not one that can fully represent God. And so, God has many names, but these many names cannot fully articulate God’s disposition, for God’s disposition is so rich that it simply exceeds the capacity of man to know Him. There is no way for man, using the language of mankind, to encapsulate God fully. Mankind has but a limited vocabulary with which to encapsulate all that they know of God’s disposition: great, honored, wondrous, unfathomable, supreme, holy, righteous, wise, and so on. Too many words! This limited vocabulary is incapable of describing the little that man has witnessed of God’s disposition. Over time, many others added words that they thought better able to describe the fervor in their hearts: God is too great! God is too holy! God is too lovely! Today, human sayings such as these have reached their peak, yet man is still incapable of clearly expressing himself. And so, for man, God has many names, yet He has no one name, and this is because God’s being is too bountiful, and the language of man too impoverished. One particular word or name does not have the capacity to represent God in His entirety, so do you think His name can be fixed? God is so great and so holy yet you will not permit Him to change His name in each new age? Therefore, in every age in which God personally does His own work, He uses a name that befits the age in order to encapsulate the work that He intends to do. He uses this particular name, one that possesses temporal significance, to represent His disposition in that age. This is God using the language of mankind to express His own disposition. Even so, many people who have had spiritual experiences and have personally seen God nevertheless feel that this one particular name is incapable of representing God in His entirety—alas, this cannot be helped—so man no longer addresses God by any name, but simply calls Him “God.” It is as though the heart of man is full of love and yet also beset with contradictions, for man does not know how to explain God. What God is is too bountiful, there is simply no way of describing it. There is no single name that can summarize God’s disposition, and there is no single name that can describe all that God has and is. from “The Vision of God’s Work (3)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh 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. If man still longs for the arrival of Jesus the Savior during the last days, and still expects Him to arrive in the image He bore in Judea, then the entire six-thousand-year management plan would stop in the Age of Redemption, and would be incapable of progressing any further. The last days, furthermore, would never arrive, and the age would never be brought to an end. That is because Jesus the Savior is only for the redemption and salvation of mankind. I took the name of Jesus for the sake of all the sinners in the Age of Grace, and it is not the name by which I shall bring the whole of mankind to an end. Although Jehovah, Jesus, and the Messiah all represent My Spirit, these names only denote the different ages in My management plan, and do not represent Me in My entirety. The names by which people on earth call Me cannot articulate My entire disposition and all that I am. They are merely different names by which I am called during different ages. And so, when the final age—the age of the last days—arrives, My name shall change again. I shall not be called Jehovah, or Jesus, much less the Messiah, but shall be called the powerful Almighty God Himself, and under this name I shall bring the entire age to an end. from “The Savior Has Already Returned Upon a ‘White Cloud’” in The Word Appears in the Flesh » Read more in these articles: • What’s the Name of the Returned Lord Jesus in the Last Days? • The Mystery of God’s Name: My Seeking Brought Me to Meet With the Lord » Most people also watch: The Mystery of God’s Name – Crosstalk
By Zhou Yinuo God’s name is Jehovah, just as the Old Testament records, “I, even I, am Jehovah; and beside me there is no savior” (Isaiah 43:11). “This is my name for ever, and this is my memorial to all generations” (Exodus 3:15). However, the New Testament records, “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). From these verses, it can be seen that both Jehovah and Jesus are God’s names. God is called Jehovah in the Old Testament, but is called Jesus in the New Testament. Why does God’s name change? What’s the meaning of His names? Let’s explore this aspect of the truth together. I once read a passage in a book, which gave me some understanding of the meaning of the name Jehovah. The passage 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. … 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. … 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’”). In the Age of Law, God took the name Jehovah based on His work of proclaiming the laws and on the disposition He expressed. God began the work of the Age of Law with the name Jehovah. He proclaimed the laws and commandments through Moses and officially led the lives of nascent mankind on earth. He required people to strictly abide by the laws and learn to worship Him, and to honor Him as great. Blessings and grace would follow anyone who upheld the law; anyone who violated the law would be stoned to death or burned by heavenly fire. The name Jehovah represents what God expressed to mankind in that age: A disposition of majesty, wrath, curse and mercy. That is why the Israelites who lived under the law strictly upheld it and held the name of Jehovah as holy. They all worshiped Jehovah God, prayed to Him, praised Him, and offered sacrifices to Him on the altar. They lived under the guidance of Jehovah for a few thousand years, until the work of the Age of Law ended. Then why did God’s name become Jesus in the Age of Grace? What’s the meaning of the name Jesus? With regard to these questions, a passage in the book clearly 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. … 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 Savior Has Already Returned Upon a ‘White Cloud’”). At the end of the Age of Law, because mankind were becoming more and more corrupt and sinful, it was impossible for them to continue upholding the law. As a result, they were in constant danger of being punished for violating the law. Therefore, to save mankind, God personally incarnated on earth to do the work of redemption. He began the Age of Grace with the name of Jesus and ended the Age of Law, bringing mankind rich and abundant grace, expressing a disposition of mercy and love, and redeeming mankind from sin. The meaning of the name Jesus is: full of love, full of mercy, and a sin offering that can redeem mankind. So, in the Age of Grace, so long as we prayed, confessed and repented in the name of the Lord, then our illnesses would be cured and our sins forgiven, and after we accepted the Lord Jesus’ name, we could feel the Lord’s presence, feel peace and joy in our spirits, and enjoy God’s abundant grace and blessings. The name Jesus is specific to the Age of Grace. It represents God’s work and the disposition He expressed in the Age of Grace. Only by looking back at the two previous stages of God’s work do we realize that God does different work in different ages according to the needs of mankind, and that the name He adopts in each age has its own representative significance—representing both His work and the disposition He expresses during that age. God begins a new age and changes the age by His name. That is to say, every time the age changes and when His work changes, God will change His…
In the beginning, God did not have a name. Because of the need of work, God took the name Jehovah in the Age of Law and Jesus in the Age of Grace. What’s the relationship between God’s names and His work of salvation?
Many brothers and sisters see the words “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8), and they believe that the Lord Jesus’ name cannot ever change. But some people have made a new discovery in the Book of Revelation……
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…
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She doubted whether the Lord will change name when He returns. Through seeking, she not only understood the mystery of God’s name, but welcomed the Lord who she had yearned for for many years.
It is prophesied in Revelation 3:12 that the Lord shall have a new name upon His return in the last days. So what name will the Lord take when He comes back?
Why does God take different names in different ages? What is the significance of God’s name in each age? The film clip will help disclose this mystery for you.