What’s in a Name

I believe this is an important reminder during the Christmas season. Not only now but for all time. The most precious gift a soul can receive, in creation or eternity, is the gift of salvation by the single goodness of God’s amazing grace. Faithful and True is His name. ~G.W.

The Beginning
The Work
The Completion

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name (Jesus) under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12


This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. ~1 John 5:6-8


John is concerned to establish the reality of the Incarnation, to prove that Jesus Christ is really the Son of God incarnate, in the flesh. I believe that he was anxious to do so in order to correct a heresy that was very prevalent at that time. It taught something like this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man, but when He was baptized by John in the Jordan, the eternal Christ came upon Him and entered into Him, so that from the moment of the baptism the eternal Christ was dwelling in the human Jesus, and He continued to do so until just before the crucifixion took place; then the eternal Christ went back to heaven, and it was only the man Jesus who was crucified.


Now that was a very common heresy in the first centuries, and it is a heresy that has also been prevalent during these past centuries. The whole trouble during the last hundred years or so about the person of Christ has been nothing, in a sense, but a recapitulation of that ancient heresy; it puts a wedge between the man Jesus and the eternal Christ. And here John is concerned to assert the mighty fact that the baby in the manger is the God-Man. “Jesus Christ,” and not Jesus only. The Incarnation is a reality, and the One who died upon the cross was not only the man Jesus—it was the God-Man who died. And I believe that John mentions this testimony and witness of water and the blood in order to establish the unity and the oneness of the person; not two persons, but one person with two natures.


A Thought to Ponder

The baby in the manger is the God-Man.

From Life in God, pp. 74-75.   Martyn Lloyd-Jones

14 thoughts on “What’s in a Name”

  1. Yes, Because of Jesus we not only have Saving Grace but also Dying Grace on which the person will suffer death but the Spirit of the person is brought home to the Lord beforehand. We need not fear the devil and his tactics.

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    1. Merry Christmas, Gary! To you and your whole family. Especially your daughter who the Lord is hovering over in her special hours in need of comfort and healing.
      Yes, sir, I do know for certain…Emmanuel throughout our whole journey, my friend. Peace of the Savior be with you!

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  2. Thank you so very much GW. I cannot tell you how much your gift has helped our family! Thank you from myself, Wanda, Ida, Fanny, Lennie-girl and Milo. This has been a very trying season for us in the motel room and to be so blessed brings us much needed encouragement. And today, of all days, is our 31st wedding anniversary! What can we say, God is good and we praise Him for His goodness and love coming through His own.

    Blessings to you our brother. May His peace flourish around you my friend!


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    1. Thank you so much for this special Christmas gift in the elegance of your words, Homer. Your words humble me.
      I wish you and Wanda the most gracious of Anniversary wishes with many prayers of peace and the hovering closeness of the Spirit of Christ over all!
      A very Merry Christmas to you, Wanda, Ida, Fanny, Lennie-girl, and Milo.
      May the blessed Lord shower you with His great mercy, compassion, grace and peace. And may He provide all your needs in true abundance!
      We are in His grip, truly my friend,

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  3. What better time to “preach” the Gospel. Original Creation was perfect. Satan, Adam, and Eve brought sin into the world. Creation deteriorated (and continues to deteriorate). Animal, grain, and oil sacrifices were inferior sacrifices for sin. In a plan designed by God even before Creation, Jesus left the glories of heaven to be born in a lowly stable as a baby. He lived a sinless life. The Lamb of God,, He absorbed the wrath of God for the sin of all eternity. He died a substitutionary death on the cross. He conquered death! And because He conquered deat, we who declare Him Lord and Savior of our lives, following Him to become more like Him, can also know everlasting life WITH HIM as CO-HEIRS in His Kingdom! We inherit EVERYTHING Jesus inherited as the Son of God!! And one day He will come again to restore ALL of Creation to its original state — the physical and spiritual — TO PERFECTION! Our Pastor rightly closes every one of his sermons with “That’s the Gospel! And the Gospel changes everything!”

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