God’s Name in Christ
The name of God is seen in its brightest and best character in Jesus Christ, for he is God “manifest in the flesh” (1Timothy 3:16). Scripture often uses the word ‘name’ in reference to a person. The Psalmist said: “Not unto us, not unto us, but unto thy name be the glory” (115:1). Here he is really saying, unto the Lord be the glory.
When God says: “My name is in him”, He is revealing that His very being, His essence, is in Christ. Jesus Christ said: “I have manifested thy name unto the men thou gavest me out of the world”’ (John17:6). The manifestation of the name and nature of God in Christ gives such a vivid demonstration of His love and mercy towards us. Such convincing proof of His goodwill means a reconciliation of our hearts to Him. It renders Him an object of trust, love and delight in hearts once alienated from Him because of sin. The name of God in Christ is a saving name of the one who is “reconciling the world unto himself; not imputing their trespasses unto them” (2 Corinthians 5:19). All “that know (His) name will put their trust in (Him)” (Psalm 9:10). Without a saving knowledge of His name we would remain forever in ignorance.
When with the eye of faith we can read the name of God in Christ, our burden of sin is lifted, our hearts are glad, so glad that we exclaim: “O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt his name together” (Psalm 34:3). Just as God declares: my name is in Christ; so the believer can say by faith: my name is in Him too – God and I are met together in Christ in true peace and friendship. To know that our name is met with the name of God in Christ is a blessing beyond compare. No angel or archangel can ever have such a relationship with the God who made them. All the fullness of the Godhead is in Christ and our “life is hid with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3). His Father was not ashamed of Him even when He was on the cross. There, crucified between two thieves, his Father’s name was in Him. Let us never be ashamed of Him even when others despise Him.
No man is ever a loser by owning and confessing Christ. He has promised: “Whosoever shall confess me before men, him will I also confess before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32,33). It is a characteristic of God’s children, particularly in an evil day that “they feared the Lord, and thought upon his name” (Malachi 3:16). May we always proclaim the glory and the excellency of His name and say: “Blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory” (Psalm 72:19).
Rev Leslie Curran.