The Names of God | Daniel J. Ebert IV

Divine names in the Bible are integral to God’s self-revelation. They are best studied along the Bible’s storyline using appropriate interpretive principles. God’s primary names, with many additional designations, are initially revealed in the Old Testament. The Bible also makes explicit statements about God’s names; this is particularly true of His personal name YHWH (Yahweh), typically translated as “the Lord.” These names and their functions reveal God’s nature and teach Israel about their relationship to him. As God intervenes in history, he reveals more and more about his name. When God acts in Christ, it is the God named in the Old Testament who is at work. This can be seen by the names used, especially in the identification of God by his name “the Lord.” This name passes into the New Testament through the Greek Old Testament’s translation of YHWH as Kyrios (the Greek for “Lord”). With the coming of the gospel, something new is revealed about God’s identity: Jesus Christ is included in his name, along with the Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches the Church how all people, Jews and Gentiles, can be related to the God whose name and identity is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. [Read More]