Glorified Names That Jesus Holds (Hebrews 1:4)
"So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs" (Hebrews 1:4)
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Jesus holds many names and titles, each one giving us revelation into who He is. The book of Revelation describes a few of the names that Jesus holds. These names are described in chapter 19 where we get a glimpse of the glorified, resurrected Jesus sitting on His white Horse. All of these identifiers should encourage and excite us for the wonderful things that are to come with knowing the Lord Jesus and spending eternity with Him.
Here is a summary of Jesus’ many names and their meaning from studying the Greek.
The Lord God Almighty (Revelation 19:6)
Supreme in authority. All ruling, absolute and universally sovereign. Omnipotent. The supreme deity. Exceedingly God. The One true God. Unoriginated in form, immutable, eternal, self-sustaining, infinite in knowledge and creative power. Holy, righteous, faithful, true. Full of love and mercy.
Lamb (Revelation 19:7, Revelation 19:9)
In the Old Testament, the sacrificial lamb is a foreshadow of Jesus. In the New Testament, Jesus is presented as the Lamb of God's appointment for the payment of sins. But in the Apocalypse an entirely different word is used than the in other passages in the Old and New, it is 'arnion'. We translate both words as lamb in our language. Arnion also presents Jesus on the ground of His sacrifice but, perhaps more importantly; it shows him with His acquired majesty, dignity, honor, authority and power as the resurrected Lamb of God. It is a wonderful picture of Jesus and the best thought of all is that through God's grace our names can be written in the Lamb’s book of Life, never to be erased because Jesus is the Lamb keeping account.
Faithful and True (Revelation 19:11)
Jesus is called faithful. This means he is trustworthy, sure and true. We can believe the words He spoke to us as it is impossible for Him to lie (Hebrews 6:18). Jesus is also called true, which means he is the real deal, the genuine article and faithful to His Word. What wonderful names to have as they demonstrated Christ's eternal character. Our faith can rest in this as it is part of the glorious name and title he inherited with His resurrection.
A name written on Him that no one knows (Revelation 19:12)
What is this name? The arrangement of the Greek signifies that absolutely no one knows this but God himself. Or as the Amplified points out "He has a title (name) inscribed which He alone knows or can understand" (Revelation 19:12b AMP). I wonder if this name is too awesome for our mortal minds to comprehend. I believe the more we know Christ, the more the Holy Spirit will reveal to our spirit this name and its meaning. I also look forward to the day when I am before Jesus and the revelation of this name that no one knows or can understand is revealed to me in its fullness. What a glorious day that will be!
Word of God (Revelation 19:13)
Perhaps this one is my favorite! Jesus is called the Word of God. This is important to grasp because the word used here is the word 'logos' which means 'expression or thought'. Jesus was the manifestation of God in the flesh. Full deity in human form. He was the expression of God to mankind. He was the radiance and glory of God in the flesh. Christ came in the fullness of God to show us God in a way that was not understood previously. He was everything that God is, His exact representation, nature and likeness. By knowing Jesus we know God.
King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:16)
On Jesus' robe and inscribed on His thigh is the title, "King of Kings and Lord of Lords". He is the first and the Last, the beginning and the end, the Alpha and the Omega. Jesus will rule eternally as King and Lord. Everything in heaven, earth and under the earth will one day confess this before Him (Philippians 2:10-11). All of this because Jesus is the Savior of the world. Who reconciled everything that sin destroyed with the fall of mankind back to God (II Corinthians 5:18-19; Colossians 1:20). Jesus holds the title of King and Lord forever because His work was so complete and perfect and God the Father bestowed this honor on Him.
Believing in His Name
Taking all of these things into account we can see why Jesus is far superior to angels. Understanding His current position helps us comprehend the completeness of the redemption He provided for us. Now Jesus is in heaven guaranteeing the offer of eternal life that he made to us. This is the promise, "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God" (John 1:12-13).
Tomorrow we look at Hebrews 1:5-6; Jesus Came with the Full Blessing and Authority of God