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May 5, 2012
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What is in a name? Why are some names more important than other names? Some names are prophetic, "prophesying of things to come."
God created this world and everything God created is under God's control. God set up the principles by which He controls everything that happens in heaven, on earth, and in hell. These principles are sometimes called "laws."
Everything God does is done according to the principles or laws of God. The principles or laws of God are only known by God, and only revealed to those to whom God reveals them.
The Scriptures are not written according to man's wisdom, but according to the wisdom of God. In 2 Timothy 3:16,17 it says, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness...That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."
In Job 32:8 it says, "But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding."God reveals things to those whom He chooses, "by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit." What is revealed is sometimes called "the wisdom of God."
Not everyone can receive "the wisdom" of God. In James 1:5, it says, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." 1n 1 Corinthians 2:14, it says, "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." Therefore, Born again Christians can receive the wisdom of God by asking in faith. Those who are not truly born again cannot receive the wisdom of God, all they have is the wisdom of man.
Satan, who is "the god of this world" does not have "the wisdom of God." Therefore, many things are withheld from Satan, and revealed only to those whom God has chosen to give them wisdom, that they may know the mysteries of God which were hidden from the foundation of the world. This is all explained in 1 Corinthians, Chapter Two. Therefore, only those who receive their information by the inspiration of God will know the hidden wisdom and mysteries of God.
God is perfect in everything He does. God never makes any mistakes. It is the will of God that everyone who is "born of God" would receive "the baptism in the Holy Spirit," which is the anointing that will teach us all things (1 John 2:27). By the anointing, we can receive the wisdom of God that will reveal to us "what is in a name?"
The first man created upon this earth was called "Adam." That was the name the LORD God gave to the first man created to live upon this earth. Why did God give that name to Adam?
The name "Adam," is "a prophetic name." It reveals the hidden secret of God, which even Satan did not know. By the meaning of the name "Adam," we can know the hidden mysteries of God for "mankind," from the foundation of the world.
The Hebrew word "adam," means "mankind in general; male and female." The name "Adam," means "an individual person or place." Strong's Expository Dictionary of the Bible shows the difference between the name "Adam" and the word "adam." Strong's number for mankind in general is 120. Strong's number for the first man named Adam is 121.
The Hebrew word "adam," includes everyone who came out of the first body of man formed of the dust of the ground. Therefore, the word "adam," includes both male and female (Gen. 1:26,27).
In the Bible, no other creature in all of God's creation was called "adam" (meaning, mankind). There were angels created before the LORD God created "adam" in Genesis 2:7. Angels were never called "adam," meaning, "mankind."
Mankind was created as an earthly creature, formed of the dust of the ground (earth) (Gen. 2:7). Mankind was not created as the angels. Angels were created as heavenly creatures. Whereas mankind was created as an earthly creature (1 Cor. 15:45-49).
This information alone should give those who understand spiritual things the wisdom and knowledge that "Adam was not spiritual" (1 Cor. 15:45-49). Adam did not have spiritual life. Adam was an earthly creature; a living soul, in an earthly body that needed air to breathe. Adam could not ascend into the heavens and appear before the throne of God. Adam was limited to exist where there was air to breathe.
God reveals "the end from the beginning," by what is called "prophecy." "Prophecy is the hidden wisdom of God, speaking of things past, present, and future.
In calling the first man, Adam, God was prophesying His plans and purposes for things to come (which is the future). The future was, that the "Son of God" which is "the Word of God" would come into this world, "born of a virgin woman and the Holy Spirit," whereby God and man would become joined together in a spiritual body (called the body of Christ).
This joining together of man and God in a spiritual body became "a New Creation" of mankind, whereby Jesus became the head (which is the beginning of a new creation of mankind, which is spiritual).
In the beginning, man, was created as "a living soul," in an earthly physical body which needed air to breathe. To inherit eternity in heaven, man needed a spiritual body which does not need air to breathe. In Adam we have an earthly body. In Christ, we have a heavenly body (1 Cor. 15:42-49).
This was all prophesied in the Old Testament, but not revealed until the mysteries of God were revealed in the New Testament. God revealed many things in the New Testament that were written, but not revealed in the Old Testament.
As an example, it is revealed in Revelation 13:8, that, "the Lamb of God was slain from the foundation of the world." Satan did not know this, until after Jesus was crucified and went into the lower parts and took the keys of hell and death from Satan (Col. 2:13-15; Rev. 1:18). It was also prophesied in the Old Testament, but not revealed until the New Testament that God had chosen Christians in Christ Jesus from the foundation of the world (Gen. 12:3,7; 17:7; Gal. 3:8; Eph. 1:4.5).
All things were known by God before man was created, but not revealed to Satan or the spirits of this world until later. God always knew the future. God knows the future far beyond this creation. God only reveals His wisdom and knowledge to those whom He chooses when He desires to reveal it to them.
The name, "Jesus"
The first man was named "Adam." The second man was named "Jesus," and called "Christ," meaning, "the Anointed One." In the New Testament, there are two names mentioned concerning mankind. One is called "Adam,"and the other one is called "Christ." In 1 Corinthians 15:22 it says, "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." Therefore, it is important that Christians understand the difference between Adam and Jesus, who is called Christ.
In Luke 1:30,31, it says, "And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God...And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS." The angel Gabriel told Mary to call her firstborn Son "JESUS." This was already prophesied in Genesis 3:14,15, saying, "And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life...And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel."
Who is "the seed of the woman?" Jesus, is "the Seed" of the woman, that would bring salvation to those who "believe on His name."
The name "JESUS," means, "Jehovah is salvation." The name Jesus is the English translation of the Greek name "Iesous," which is also the Hebrew name "Joshua; Y@howshuwa; Jehoshua." (The spelling of this name can very according to the writers of the inspired text. The text of the Old Testament was originally written by "Levites, called Scribes." It is common for people to say that "Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible." Yet, it is revealed in the Scriptures that Moses received his information from God and from things that actually happened in the natural. Then, what was revealed to Moses was written by Scribes. See Deuteronomy 34:5,6.
Another example of this is in the writing of the books of First and Second Samuel. Samuel did not write the books of Samuel, they were written by Scribes, after receiving their information from others sources. If you will notice Samuel was not born until 1 Samuel 1:19,20. Also, the Second Book of Samuel was written after Samuel died. Yet these two books are call first and second Samuel.
This same thing is common in the New Testament. What was revealed to the Apostle Paul was not always written by the Apostle Paul himself. See Romans 16:22).
The first time the name "Joshua" is used, is when Moses changed the name of "Oshea the son of Nun" to "Joshua; Jehoshua" (Num. 13:16). Joshua became the leader of the armies of the Children of Israel (Ex. 17:8-13).
It says in Exodus 17:13,14, "And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword...And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven." Joshua led the armies of Israel against the Amalek. The name "Joshua" is a prophetic name, meaning "Jehovah is salvation."
What is written in Exodus 17:13,14, is prophetic, meaning "Jehovah shall save His people from those who follow other God's." The Amalek were not following the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, "which were in covenant with the LORD God" (Gen. 15:13-18).
After Moses died, the LORD God said to Joshua "Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel" (Joshua 1:2). Then in Joshua 1:5, the LORD God said to Joshua, "There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee."
Much of what is written in the Old Testament concerning Joshua, is prophetic, for Joshua's name means, "Jehovah is salvation." In the New Testament, the name JESUS is the same name as Joshua, in the Old Testament, which still means, "Jehovah is salvation."
Many times, the English word "LORD" in the King James and many other English translations of the Old Testament is actually "Jehovah," translated "LORD" over six-thousand five-hundred times. The meaning still remains the same, which is, "self-Existent or Eternal."
(Many times we cannot go by what people say a certain Hebrew, Chaldees, or Greek word means. We must look and see how the Holy Spirit used certain words, to know their meaning).
This is revealed in Exodus 6:2,3, where is says, "And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD...And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them." The person speaking to Moses said, "I am the LORD." Then He said, His name is "Jehovah." Jehovah, in the Hebrew means "self-Existent or Eternal (self-Existent pertains to God the Father; Eternal pertains to God the Son and the Holy Spirit)." All three of these have eternal life within them. God the Father is the beginning of all eternal life, the Son and the Holy Spirit came out of the Father.
In Exodus 6:6,7, the LORD God came to Moses and said, "Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments...And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians."
The word "redeem," used in verse six, means "to buy back." This is the same word translated "redeemed or redemption," in the New Testament.
The Children of Israel became as slaves to Pharaoh and the Egyptians. The LORD redeemed (saved them), from slavery to Pharaoh and the Egyptians. This redemption is prophetic, for it is speaking of how the LORD "Jehovah" would save those who are His own people in the New Covenant.
The complete revelation of how the LORD saved the Children of Israel from Pharaoh and the Egyptian slave-masters is revealed in the tenth plague, called "the Passover." The Children of Israel followed the instructions given to them in Exodus, Chapter Twelve. Thereby, they were "saved/redeemed" from slavery to Pharaoh and the Egyptian slaver-masters.
Today, for Christians to be saved, they must follow the instructions given to them in the New Testament. The instructions include "the type and shadow of the Passover in Egypt." Salvation comes by what Jesus did for us on the Cross of Calvary, when He died, and arose again from the dead.
The Children of Israel needed to believe what Moses and Aaron told them, "while they were still in Egypt." When they "believed what they were told and obeyed Moses and Aaron," they were saved from slavery to Pharaoh and the Egyptian slave-masters.
Christians must believe what Jesus told us in the Gospels, and what is revealed by the Holy Spirit from the writings in the New Testament. "The Scriptures must be spiritually discerned by the anointing of the Holy Spirit for Christians to understand them" (1 Cor. 2:12-14).
The name JESUS
in the New Testament
In Luke 1:30,31, it says, "And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God...And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS." Why did the Angel Gabriel first tell Mary that she should name her firstborn Son "JESUS?" It was because the name JESUS means "Jehovah is salvation."
In Matthew 1:20,21, it says, "But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost...And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins."
Why did the angel tell Joseph, "...thou shalt call his name JESUS..."? The angel explained to Joseph, saying, "...for he shall save his people from their sins." The name JESUS means, "Jehovah is salvation."
This is all prophetic, which the world does not know, neither did the spirits of this world know this before they crucified the LORD of Glory. In 1 Corinthians 2:6-8 it says, "Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought...But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory...Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory."
God's plans for the salvation of His Covenant people were already written prophetically in the Old Testament. Yet, those to whom God did not reveal it, did not know or understand what was hidden in the prophetic Word of God.
In Joel 2:32, it says, "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered..." In Acts 2:21, the Apostle Peter was quoting what Joel had written, saying, "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." In Romans 10:13, the Apostle Paul was quoting Joel 2:23, saying, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." The word "delivered" and the word "saved" mean the same thing.
In Acts 4:12, the Apostle Peter said, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
What was Peter talking about when He made that statement in Acts 4:12? Peter was talking about the man at the gate called Beautiful, that was healed of being a cripple from his birth. Salvation includes "healing." Healing is deliverance from the works of the Devil, which includes forgiveness of "sins, iniquities, and healing of our infirmities, sickness and disease."
God was demonstrating His "Salvation" throughout the Old Testament, by healing many who were sick, and delivering many who were under the powers of those who did not believe the LORD when He spoke to them. Sometimes the LORD spoke to people Himself, like He spoke to Abraham many times (Gen. 18:1,13,14). Other times the LORD spoke to people through His Prophets, like He spoke to many kings, (2 Kings 20:1-11).
In the Gospels, God spoke to His people through Jesus. In Hebrews 1:1,2, it says, "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets...Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds."
Salvation is not limited to only those who are born again Christians. None of those of the Old Testament were born again. Salvation is for the whole world, to whomsoever will call upon the name of the LORD.
Salvation is not the same as "born again." Even those who are born again need to be saved. In Acts 2:47 it says, "And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved." People are added to the body of Christ (which is the Church), by the new birth.
People come into covenant with God through the New Birth. When they are born again of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit they become children of God in the spirit. As Children of God they have a covenant with God, which is called the New Covenant.
After they are added to the Church, they still need to be saved (which means, delivered and protected). How do Christians become saved? It is by first believing on "the name of Jesus." The name of Jesus means, "Jehovah is salvation." If people do not believe "on the Name of Jesus," they cannot be saved....for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
All of the Epistles of the New Testament were written to Christians. They were not written to those who were not born again. The Gospels were written to those who were not born again, that they would receive Jesus Christ, for who He truly is. Not as just another prophet, but truly as "the only begotten Son of God."
Therefore, those who are "truly born again" need to understand spiritual things, which those who are not born again cannot understand, for they are spiritual discerned (John 3:3; 1 Cor. 2:12-14). In understanding the Epistles, we come to the knowledge of the truth concerning "the name of Jesus." We can also learn from the Epistles the plan of God from the foundation of the world.
Philippians 2:5-8, says, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus...Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God...But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men...And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."
When it says in Philippians 2:5, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus," it is speaking of "the attitude" which Christians should also have. Christians should have the same attitude that JESUS had. If our attitude is not the same, the name of Jesus may not always work for us.
Anyone can say "the name of Jesus" from their mind like the sons of Sceva, in Acts 19:14-17. But, the believing on the name of Jesus is what brings Salvation. Over and over we are told that we must believe on the Name of Jesus, to be saved.
Saved means, delivered and or protected from the works of the Devil. Saved is short for salvation. Saved and Salvation mean the same thing. Salvation includes healing for our physical bodies. How do we get healed in our physical bodies? By believing on the Name of Jesus.
Then in Philippians 2:8-11, it says, "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name...That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth...And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
When did God the Father give His only begotten Son the name of Jesus? It was given to His Son, from the foundation of the world, but not revealed to the world until the appointed time. Some believe that Jesus was not given a name which is above all names until after His death on the Cross. That is not true for it was told to Mary and Joseph to call His name JESUS, before He was born into this world.
In Luke 10:17, it says, "And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name." Demons were subject to the name of Jesus, even before Jesus was crucified, died, and arose again from the dead.
Some are confused concerning why God the Father would give Jesus a name which is above every name, even in heaven? They are confused, because they do not understand that many names have a prophetic message in them. The name Jesus means, "Jehovah is salvation."
God the Father did not give Jesus a name which was above His own name. God the Father gave Jesus His own name, which is "Jehovah." God the Father's name is "Jehovah," meaning "self-Existent or Eternal." The LORD God's name in the Old Testament was "Jehovah" (Ex. 6:2). It was the LORD God that saved the Children of Israel from the Egyptians. It was the LORD God that made the covenant with Abraham. The LORD God was with the Father when the earth was first created by God the Father (Prov. 8:21-31).
Those who have not received the wisdom of God by revelation of the Holy Spirit believe it was God the Father working all throughout the Old Testament, when it was actually Jesus Himself. This is all explained in Acts 2:22-36, where it states that God made Jesus, both LORD and Christ right from the beginning. The word LORD in English, means "supreme in authority." Jesus, being LORD in the beginning, created all that was created starting in Genesis 1:2, which included everything we see, except the physical earth and the water that remained after the earth was destroyed (2 Peter 3:5,6).
In John 1:3, it says, "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." It also makes mention of this in John 1:10; Ephesians 3:9, Colossians 1:16, Hebrews 1:2, and Revelation 4:11.
This world we live in was always under the "supreme authority" of Jesus Christ, who was LORD over this creation from the beginning. Jesus created mankind, and Jesus redeemed mankind. Jesus defeated Satan the Devil on the Cross of Calvary and delivered all who will receive Him as LORD and Savior from all the works of the Devil.
This deliverance is not eternal salvation. Therefore, we most continue in Christ Jesus until the end, then we will receive our inheritance with the saints in heaven. "Once saved, always saved," is not a true doctrine.
We are saved by grace through faith, according to Ephesians 2:8,9. Therefore, salvation comes by the grace of God through the faith of the one who believes on "the name of Jesus." Those who do not believe on the name of Jesus cannot be saved (Acts 4:12). Therefore, we must continue in the faith to be saved (Matt. 24:11-13).
When God the Father sent the angel Gabriel to Mary (and an angel to Joseph in a dream), they were told to call Him by his Father's name. God was Jesus' Father. Jesus' Father's name is also "Jehovah."
How did God the Father save those whom "He had chosen in Christ Jesus from the foundation of the world" (Eph. 1:3-5)? God the Father He sent His Son "JESUS" to take away the sin of the world.
Because that many Christians in the Body of Christ are teaching from their minds they cannot agree as to what name to use when they baptize someone in water? Jesus said in Matthew 28:19, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." Then when we look at water baptism in the book of Acts, we see the Apostles were baptizing "in the name of Jesus." In Acts 2:38, Peter was speaking under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. It says, "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."
Water baptism is for those who believe "on the name of Jesus." Those who receive Jesus Christ as LORD and Savior, are then baptized in water as a sign of their repentance from believing in any other name. After they receive Jesus as LORD, they are baptized in the name of Jesus, which is the same as the name of "the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit" (Matt. 28:19).
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