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3. The Name of Jesus Christ – the Name above every other name
The Bible clearly differentiates between the Person of Jesus Christ, and the Name of Jesus Christ.
We are not just called to believe in the Person of Jesus Christ, but we are also called to believe in the Name of Jesus Christ.
1 John 3:23 (NKJV) And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as Hegave us commandment.
The Name of Jesus Christ carries the privilege, the ability and the authority of the Person of Jesus Christ.
In rank, authority and importance, there is none higher than Jesus Christ in the whole universe.
JESUS CHRIST IN THE OLD TESTAMENT (PRE-INCARNATE)
Isaiah 6:1–5 (AMP) In the year that King Uzziah died, [in a vision] I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and the skirts ofHis train filled the [most holy part of the] temple. 2 Above Him stood the seraphim; each had six wings: with two [each] covered his [own]face, and with two [each] covered his feet, and with two [each] flew. 3 And one cried to another and said, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord ofhosts; the whole earth is full of His glory! 4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who cried, and the house wasfilled with smoke. 5 Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone and ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of apeople of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!
Isaiah saw a vision of Jesus Christ who was still in His pre-human form.
He was called “the King, the Lord of hosts”.
Angelic beings called Seraphim flew around Him and they cried to one another saying: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth isfull of His glory!
When Isaiah the prophet saw the Lord, he became severely convicted of his own sin and he also became very aware of the sins of the peoplehe lived amongst.
“Lord of hosts” - (Hebrew) “Jehovah” of hosts
In the Old Testament, it was “Jehovah”.
In the New Testament it is “Jesus Christ”.
“Jehovah” and “Jesus Christ” is the same Person.
He is the 2nd Person of the trinity.
Last week we saw that when Jesus Christ was raised from the dead and when He ascended to heaven, He was highly exalted to the righthand of God.
Well, that’s where He was before He left heaven to come to earth and become a Human Being.
Two of the most fundamental teachings of Christianity are:
1. The deity of Jesus Christ
2. The pre-existence of Jesus Christ prior to His birth
Matthew 1:22–23 (NKJV) So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
One of the names of Jesus Christ is “Immanuel” which means “God with us”.
God became a Man and dwelt among us.
JESUS CHRIST IN THE NEW TESTAMENT (INCARNATE)
John 1:14 (NKJV) And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,full of grace and truth.
John makes an interesting comment about Jesus. He says: “We beheld His glory … “
This is the same John who saw Jesus Christ on the Mount of transfiguration.
Matthew 17:1–2 (NKJV) Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; 2and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.
Transfigured – changed into another form
When Jesus was transfigured before their eyes, they saw Him in the same magnificent glory as Isaiah had seen Him in a vision some 700years earlier.
Years later when John was on the Isle of Patmos He saw a vision of Jesus Christ in heaven.
Revelation 4:1–11 (NKJV) — 1 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard waslike a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” 2 Immediately I was inthe Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. 3 And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone inappearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. 4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, andon the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. 5 And from the throneproceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. 6Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures fullof eyes in front and in back. 7 The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a facelike a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. 8 The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes aroundand within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” 9 Wheneverthe living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders falldown before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: 11“You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.”
When we as New Testament believers see Jesus Christ, we are convicted, not of our sin, but of His righteousness which He has given(imputed) to us.