The Many Names of God
In Exodus 3:15, God said, “This (YHVH) is My Name forever.”
After the LORD’s Day, the saints will continue to use the Name of YHVH, as they repeat, “Hallelujah, the Lord God Almighty reigns” (Revelation 19:6).
God uses many names for Himself in the Bible. The Name “Almighty” will also be used after the LORD’s Day. But there is one Name of God that is ABOVE ALL NAMES, one Name that will be shared by Christ in the LORD’s Day. There is only one Name that is shared with “the Son,” that is the NAME of the Father, and the Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). The Spirit of Christ is the Holy Spirit who declares this NAME in Revelation 3:12. It is the Name that disciples baptized with, according to all accounts of the New Testament, as recorded in Acts 2:38; 8:12; 8:16; 10:48; 19:5; and 1 Corinthians 1:13; and 6:11.
I WILL BE WHO I WILL BE
God, in His meeting with Moses, gave us the hint that YHVH, “He WILL BE,” was not His real Name. God said, “I WILL BE WHO I WILL BE” (Exodus 3:14).
My Name Is in Him
When God said of Joshua, “My Name is in Him,”(Exodus 20:20-23) He gave us the first preview of His real Name.
The name of Joshua means “God will save” and is pronounced “Yehoshua” in the Masoretic Text.
יהושוע or יהשוע
In the Dead Sea scrolls, Yehoshua is frequently spelled יהשוע and should be pronounced Yashua, or Yeshua.1
In the Greek Septuagint, Joshua as “Yeshua” is spelled Ιησοῦς. This is the name of Jesus in the New Testament.
Exodus 20:20-23, was one of many Old Testament prophesies of the Name of the Father. Isaiah 9:6 said that the Name of the Son to be born, would be the Name of the Everlasting Father. Isaiah 63:16 tells us that the Name of God, is “Our Redeemer from Everlasting” (God saves). Joel 2:32 informs us that “everyone who calls on the Name of the LORD will be saved.” The Name of the LORD was explained as “Jesus” in Acts 4:12; 22:16, and Romans 10:9-13.
Glorify Your Name
Before Jesus endured the cross, He asked God to glorify His Name, and God replied, “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again” (John 12:28). In his letter to the Philippians, the Apostle Paul will tell us about the Name that was glorified.
I Have Revealed Your Name
In His great prayer, Jesus told us that He revealed the Name of the Father to His disciples, “the Name that You gave Me” (John 17:6, 11).
Name Above All Names
The Name of Jesus was glorified first on the cross, and then again when Jesus was made our Lord, “so that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow . . . to the glory of God, the Father” (Philippians 2:10–11).
Paul said, “He humbled Himself by becoming obedient, even to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason, also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the Name which is above every name” (Philippians 2:8-9).
God gave Jesus His own Name.
He Who Overcomes, I Will Write on Him the Name of My God—My NEW NAME
In the Book of Revelation, the Spirit of Christ offered a special promise to those who overcome:
He who overcomes,
I will make him a pillar in the temple of God,
and he will not go out from it anymore;
and I will write on him the Name of My God
and the Name of the City of My God, the New Jerusalem,
which comes down out of heaven from My God,
and My NEW NAME.
The Spirit of Christ, the Angel of God from the Old Testament, told us that He will write the Name of His God, His New NAME, on those who overcome. Of course, from this verse we understand that the Name of God and Christ are the same, the new Name of the Angel of God.
I, Jesus, Sent My Angel
There is only one Name that is shared with the Son. It was revealed by God directly in the last chapter of the Bible. In Revelation 22:8, we read that “the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets sent His Angel.” In Revelation 22:16, God said, “I, Jesus, sent My Angel.” This fulfilled the words of Zechariah: “In that Day, it shall be the LORD one, and His Name one” (Zechariah 14:9).
- 4Q27 has Yeshua, in 5 verses; 4Q80 has it in Zechariah 3:9; 4Q22 has it in Exodus 17:13, and 4Q47 has יהשע in Joshua 8:35. ↩