God’s Names

What is God’s name?

(Uhh?? Isn’t “God” His name?)

There are at least four different names of God (to my knowledge), two in the Old Testament and two in the New Testament.

Elohim

Meanings: God as Creator, Preserver, Transcendent, Mighty and Strong

Elohim is the name that occurs at the beginning of the Bible (Gen. 1:1). Elhim is a plural noun but used with singular verbs in the Tanakh. This implies the Triune God (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit). Isn’t it wonderful?

God is transcendent and mighty. He is not powerless.

Jehovah

Meanings: I am who I am, self-existent one

God can be all that is positive. If I need something, He is the something. And He is self-existent, so He has existed since the eternity past and He will until the eternity future.

Jesus

Meaning: Jehovah the Savior

Jesus is the incarnated God. He is not only the son of God, but also God Himself who came to the earth in flesh. The Father, the Son, and the Spirit are distinct, but not separable. (Refer to Elohim.)

Emmanuel

Meaning: God with us

Matt. 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel*” (which is translated, God with us).

cf. http://ldolphin.org/Names.html

God’s Names

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