The Name Above Every Name
We, Christians, are redeemed and reconciled with the Father thru Jesus; namely, the blood of Jesus and His glorious work on the cross, . It is by faith in His Name, and nothing else, that we are saved. Jesus has been given the Name that is above every name, Phil 2:8-9, and it is by that Name that we are reconciled with the Father, 2Cor 5:17-21.
The Father gave Jesus His Name, יהוה, the unpronounceable Name. In English the letters are YHVH. The only translation we have of this Name is the sound out each letter, but there are no vowels, which makes it is impossible to know the exact pronunciation of the Name. Hebrew reads from right to left, all languages flow towards Israel, so if you sound out each Hebrew letter, it spells Yod, Hey, Vav, Hey. People have tried to add vowels to pronounce the Name. That is where we get the words, Jehovah or Yahweh. These are just man’s attempt to pronounce the Name. Personally, I like to say the letters just as they are spelled, Yod Hey Vav Hey.
The meaning of this word is quite astounding; it simply means, I AM. Everything came out of the Father. He is the beginning of all things. He is the source of all things. The Father has always existed and His Name means just that, “I have always been and everything comes out of Me”.
When Moses first encountered God at the burning bush, Moses asked Him, “who should I say has sent me?” God answered, “I AM THAT I AM”, ehyeh asher ehye. The literal translation of ehyeh is I AM, Ex 3:14. The first place we see the Name of God, YHVH, show up in the Bible is Gen 2:4. This Name is usually translated “LORD” in the English Bible. It is recorded in the Old Testament 6,826 times. God gave Moses the first five books of the Bible, known as the Torah and had him write each word, one letter at a time. My guess is that Moses knew how to pronounce this Name. God told it to him personally!
How is that Name of Jesus associated with the Name of God?
Jesus is the only begotten Son of the Father, Jn 1:14. Jesus was born of God in the sense that He came out of the Father as His one and only unique Son. Jesus has always been, He wasn’t created, but rather is the creator of all things, Col 1:16. The nature of His deity, with respect of Him being the only begotten Son, is different than that of His human nature that He assumed for the work on the cross in this dispensation; never to return back to His incorporeal state, Phil 2:7, Micah 5:2-3.
Jesus is the Wisdom of God, 1Cor 1:24. So we must ask ourselves, has the Father ever been without Wisdom? Of course not, He has always been and He has always possessed Wisdom. Now if Christ is the Wisdom of God, then Jesus has existed from everlasting in the same way that the Father does not have a beginning.
Pr 8:12 "I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And I find knowledge and discretion. 22 "The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old. 23 "From everlasting I was established, From the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth.
Time, as we know it, is a created dimension in which God is outside of and He does not participate in the constraints of its parameters. This is how He knows the beginning from the end, how He does not have a beginning and will never have an end. He is the Great I AM, the source of all. And we understand that Jesus has always been with, and is an extension to the Father.
In the same way, Jesus is also the Word of God, Jn 1:1-3, Heb 4:12. The Father spoke all things into existence, Gen 1,2, and Jesus, being the Word of God, created all things, Jn 1:3, 10, Col 1:16, Heb 1:2, 11:3, Ps 33:6, Rom 11:36, 2 Peter 3:5. Jesus carried out and is still performing the plan of God.
Heb 1:2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.
Heb 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.
2Pe 3:5 For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water,
Jesus is the express image of the invisible or incorporeal God, the Father, Col 1:15, Heb 1:3. Jesus is the one and only extension of the Father. Jesus said “if you have seen Me, you have seen the Father”, Jn 14:7-9.
Thru Jesus, we can see and understand the incorporeal, magnificent, glorious Father. The Father is so great and awesome that no one can look or comprehend the glory of the Father except we see Him thru Jesus.
Jesus is a manifestation of the Father, given to us humans in a way that we might understand and comprehend the glory of the Father
Thru Jesus we can start to understand and comprehend who the Father is and His love for us. Jesus has always been, as stated above, so we should be able to find Him in the Old Testament. Even before Jesus became a man, He has always been the express image of the Father; a way for man to communicate and understand the Father. After Jesus had risen from the dead, that afternoon, He walked with the two men on the road to Emmaus. The Bible says in Luke 24:27:
Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.
Jesus took these two men on a seven mile bible study and showed Himself to them in the Old Testament. As you study the Old Testament, always watching for Jesus, you will find Him on every page. One thing will become evident, because Jesus is an extension of the Father, the only begotten, the only and unique Son of the Father, when God is talked about in the Old Testament, it is Jesus who was the one interacting with man. They are one, the Father and Jesus, and just as in the creation of the world, Jesus is the one implementing the plan of the Father on the earth. Below are just a few examples of how Jesus appeared in the Old Testament:
Jesus was the one who walked with Adam in the cool of the day, Gen 3:8
It was Jesus who met Abraham with two angels and prophesied about his son Isaac, Gen 18:1
It was Jesus in the burning bush that spoke to Moses, Gen 3:2
Jesus was the Rock that Moses struck that gave the Israelites water, Ex 17:6, 1Cor 10:4
Jesus was the commander of the Lord’s army at the battle of Jericho, Josh 5:13-15
These are just a few examples of Jesus literally talking and appearing on the earth before His incarnation. Not to mention the many prophesies and foreshadowing of Jesus all thru-out the Bible; which is far too much information to put down here, but is a very exciting and profitable study of the Bible.
Jesus is and shares the Name of YHVH with the Father. He is the Great I AM. Jesus said it Himself when He was on the earth:
Jn 8:56 "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad." 57 So the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?" 58 Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I AM." 59 Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple.
He also said this in His Revelation to John, confirming what He said to Isaiah in the Old Testament:
Isa 41:4 "Who has performed and accomplished it, Calling forth the generations from the beginning? 'I, the LORD, am the first, and with the last. I am He.'"
Isa 44:6 "Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: 'I am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me.
Rev 22:13 "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end."
Rev 1:8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."
Rev 1:17 I am the first and the last, 18 and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.
An argument could be made that these verses are relating to the Father, until you get to Rev 1:17. This verse clinches and proves that this is Jesus; He is the first and the last, the one who was dead and is alive.
Also, in the book of Revelation, the Bible speaks of Jesus having a Name written on Him that no one knows but Himself, Rev 19:12. I am convinced that this is YHVH.
There is so much to learn from the Name. Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except thru Him, Jn 14:6.
The most important thing to take from this study is:
Confess the Name of the Lord Jesus as your Savior and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead and you will be saved, Rom 10:9