Sunday, October 26, 2014

+DEV+ What's in a Name?

Date: October 26, 2014 10:10 PM
Topic: +DEV+  What's in a Name?

What's in a Name?

"So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them." (Numbers 6:27)

Scripture Focus: Matthew 22:23-33

Some find offensive the custom of a woman giving up her maiden name to take her husband's, but in the Bible, Jesus seeks a bride (the church) and gives her His name. Christians are baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. That name shows us to be part of the family, the church. 

Yet we are not absorbed into God's name the way a Hindu is absorbed into nothingness, because, amazingly enough, God takes our individual name into His as well! Jesus argued with the Pharisees that if God calls Himself "the God of Abraham," then Abraham must still be alive, for God is the God of the living, not of the dead (Matthew 22:32). God even promises to give us a "new name" and to write His name on us when we are welcomed to our heavenly home. How proud we are to bear the name "Christian," especially because we know that such a privilege was bought for us. And at the very same time, Jesus took on Himself our name, "Sinner," when He "became sin for us" on the cross (see 2 Corinthians 5:21).

Insight: Proverbs 22:1 says a good name is more desirable than great riches. The only truly good name is that of Jesus, and he gives it to us!

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