Week1_TFT_3The_Names_of_Christ

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II. T HE N AMES O F C HRIST As the names of God are given in Scripture to reveal the nature of God, so the names of Christ reveal truth concerning Jesus Christ. These names, however, refer to various aspects of the second Person of the Trinity, sometimes emphasizing His deity, at other times emphasizing His humanity. Some of these names reflect His character, while others emphasize various aspects of His work. Scholars disagree concerning the number of names of Christ which the Scriptures contain. Perhaps more of these names appear in the first chapter of John than in any other chapter of Scripture. The assigning of names with meaning is particularly characteristic of Hebrew writing, and much of the Gospel of John is Hebraic in style. As John began his treatise to demonstrate the deity of the Saviour (John 20:31), he began by reminding the reader of the names of Christ. THE NAMES OR TITLES OF CHRIST IN JOHN 1 Word Life Flesh God Light Only Begotten of the Father Light of Men True Light Jesus Christ Only Begotten Son Lord Jesus Lamb of God Son of God Rabbi Master Messiah Christ Jesus of Nazareth The Son of Joseph King of Israel Son of Man Him He A. JEHOVAH. Perhaps the most honored of all names of God in Scripture was that of Jehovah. Yet as was illustrated earlier in this chapter, Jesus is equated with Jehovah throughout the Scriptures. The name is derived from the Hebrew verb “to be” and was the name God used most often when relating to man, especially in covenant. Scotchmen suggests, “The identification of our Lord Jesus Christ with the Lord of the Old Testament results in an explicit doctrine of His deity.” i Particularly in the Gospel of John, Jesus reveals Himself as the “I AM” of the Old Testament. B. SON OF GOD. Another name of Jesus Christ in the New Testament is “Son of God,” which is used by Christ in referring to His deity. In the Old Testament the reference to the Sonship of Christ is, “I will declare the decree: The Lord T H E G R E A T I A M s 1. I am the bread of life John 6:35 2. I am the light of the world John 8:12 3. I am the door John 10:9 4. I am the good shepherd John 10:11 5. I am the resurrection and the life John 11:25 6. I am the way, the truth, and the life John 14:6 7. I am the vine John 15:5 +1 I am . . . I am (Exod. 3:14) John 4:26; 8:58; 18:5, 6, 8
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hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee” (Psa. 2:7). This verse reveals a conversation between God the Father and God the Son. The Father calls the second Person of the Trinity by the name “Son” and says, “I have begotten thee.” Again the Bible teaches “A son is given” (Isa. 9:6). When the expression “Son of God” is used by and of Christ, it is obviously a reference to His divine relationship to God the Father. Christians are the “sons of God” (not capitalized), and they call God their Father. But Jesus identifies a special relationship to His Father, as Felder notes, As often as Jesus speaks of his relations with his Father he uses constantly and without exception the
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