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What Is Your Name?

What is your name? 

“May I have your identification, please?”

Moses asked God His name as he stood before the burning bush.  God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM” (Exodus 3:14).  He is the eternal “I AM,” the same yesterday, today, and forever who makes His covenant with His people.  He is the God of salvation.  As the God of grace, He becomes whatever is required to meet the needs of His people.   He is “the Becoming One.”

Joseph, the adopted father of Jesus, was told that Mary “will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21).  His name means, “Yahweh is salvation” or “Jehovah saves.”

What is your name?  How does the world identify you as a follower of Jesus Christ?

In the New Testament Christians are called “children of God” (Romans 8:16; I John 3:1), “soldier” (2 Timothy 2:3), “heir” (Romans 8:17; Galatians 3:29), “elect” (I Peter 1:1), “people of God”  (Romans 9:25), “sons of God” (Romans 8:19; Galatians 2:26), “children of promise” (Galatians 4:28), “sons of Abraham” (Galatians 3:17), “seed of Abraham” (Galatians 3:29), etc.

What is your Christian name?  How are you identified as a follower of Jesus Christ?  By what name do you identify yourself as a member of God’s family? How do the followers of Christ identify you?  How does the lost world identify you?

Are you a “believer” signifying one who has put his faith in Jesus Christ?   A believer is someone who has put his confidence and trust in Jesus Christ as his Savior (John 20:31; Romans 3:22). Such a person has been justified through faith in Christ (Genesis 15:6; Rom. 3:24-26; Hebrews 2:4; I Timothy 4:10, 12.).  A believer is also someone who is faithful and trustworthy (Acts 16:1; Ephesians 1:1).

First century believers were also called those who belonged to “the Way” (Acts 9:2; 19:9, 23; 22:4; 24:14, 22).  This seems to be a name the apostle Paul preferred (Acts 24:14).  Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).  He is the only way to eternal life (Acts 4:12; Hebrews 9:8; 10:20; Matthew 7:13-14).

The name “friends” links the believer to Jesus (John 15:13-15).  Abraham was called “the friend of God” (James 2:23).

“Nazarene” was a term of reproach because they were identified with Jesus of Nazareth  (John 1:46; Acts 24:5; 2:7).

The apostle Paul enjoyed the title “saints” when he addressed the churches.  It is also an Old Testament name for God’s people (Psalm 34:9; 85:8).  God’s people are holy and separated because of their relationship to Him (Deut. 7:6; Lev. 19:1; 20:26).   The believer is one who is separated to God (Eph. 2:19-22; Col 3:12; Rom. 1:7; I Cor. 1:30; Phil. 1:1; 2 Thess. 2:13).

We are “brothers” in Christ (Acts 18:27).  The title expresses the spiritual bond between believers (Rom. 12:10; I Pet. 3:8; Matt. 28:10; John 20:17; Rom. 8:29; Heb. 2:11-12,17).

Another term popular in our day is “disciple” meaning a leaner (Acts 14:21). The disciple must count the cost of following Christ (Luke 6:40; 14:25-33).

The name by which we are most often designated by the lost world, and by other followers of Christ is “Christian.”  The disciples were first called “Christians” in the city of Antioch (Acts 11:26).  Even King Agrippa called the followers of Christ “Christians” (Acts 26:28).  Peter also calls believers “Christians” (1 Peter 1:16). Christians believe that Jesus is the Christ (Greek word for Messiah, meaning the Anointed One) (John 20:31).

What is your name?  What word best describes your Christian life in a lost world?

“May I have your identification, please?”

Selah!

Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006

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