From the beginning, I was drawn to the discussion about the names of God in Genesis 2:4, and the introduction of the Trinity.
“These are the generations
of the heavens and the earth when they were created,
in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.”
and in Exodus 3:14 when “God said to Moses “I AM WHO I AM”.
And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, “The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. “ (Exodus 3:15,16)
I find it fascinating that God introduces the Spirit of the Trinity in Genesis 1:2 as he forms the light in Genesis 1:3. The words, and the context in the words, contrast to the beginnings in the first chapter of John, as John powerfully introduces us to the Word. I just love this contrast in bringing the God of all creation, out of the darkness into the light, with the Trinity; God, the Spirit, and the Word.
“The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:2)
“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1:1-4)
“And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Genesis 1:3)
Not having studied the personal names of God in their Hebrew form leaves me somewhat apprehensive regarding their use. So for the present time my own preference is to stay in simple context with the many names of God; while at the same time, acknowledging they are as infinite as Himself.
THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT THAT NAME: “His name (is) JESUS, for it is He who will save His people from their sins.” (Mt 1:21) “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) “God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name that at the name of Jesus and in which every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philp 2:9-11) “These things have been written that you may believe that JESUS is the Christ (Messiah), the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.” (Jn 20:31) “Whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (Jn 3:16) “He who believes in Him is not judged.” (Jn 3:18) “Believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ.” (1Jn 3:23) “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” (Jn 1:12) “Everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.” (Acts 10:43) “He who believes in Him Who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness.” (Ro 4:5) “He who believes in Him will not be disappointed (or be ashamed).” (Ro 9:33, 10:11, 1Pe 2:6) “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” (Jn 9:35) “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved, you and your household.” (Acts 16:31) “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life.” (1Jn 5:13)
As I read these words and the contrasting scriptures it is without my own words that the majesty of God’s names can be described as He breathes life, His life, into the names and allows us the privilege to know Him as we delve into the infinite depth of their meaning. Gods’ names transcends into more than just believing in the name, but also believing in all the name represents. ~Amen :Y
He is our all in all. (Colossians 3)
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)