[Papercut Press] 2005-08-16 - Christ's Name Is Above Every Name

Originally Published 1996-07-29

Isaiah 9:6, And His name is called Wonderful, Counseller, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.

In this devotional, we see the incomparable excellency of Christ presented to us. You may note the verse and the tense used in it. My version translates the phrase, "His name will be called". The idea being, it seems, that since the appearance of Christ was future, it must be "will be called". However, the Hebrew does not say this. It is interesting that the Hebrew says, "His name is called". Christ, the eternal Son of the Father, was in residence with Him even when Isaiah was written, 700 or so years before His earthly appearance.

Focus: The name of Christ is a name above every name, and is fit to commend Him to the souls of poor sinners.

The Kings and Princes, Queens and Bishops all have there names of significance. There are many glorious names that we all know. But there is no name among them like the name of Christ. No name is so high, so honorable, sweet and lovely. No name is such that it can make the sinner glad as the precious name of Christ.*

Three points:

  1. Who calls Him by this name: It is God the Father. Phil 2:9, "God has highly exalted Him, and given Him a name that is above every name." God the Father knows best what name to give Christ to express His nature and who He is. In effect it is proclaimed as such in Scripture, Matt 17:5, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." All the followers of Christ call Him by this name. They fly to Him in their first believing moment as the Son of God, and they depend on Him all throughout their lives as such.

  2. What does Him being called such mean? God gives no empty titles, nor would an empty title answer the needs of poor helpless sinners. His name means who He is. As His name is. so is His nature. The name expresses who He really is. He manifests Himself to be what is name is. In what Christ is called, the Son of God, He is found to be exactly that in the lives and experiences of saints.

  3. Application: Study the names of Christ. Study them as they are represented in the Word of God. Do this so that your souls may be enamoured of Him.

Soli deo Gloria,
T-

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*Editors note: I do not believe the remainder of the devotional was written by our author Tim. However, since I am currently unable to contact him, and because a reference to the author's name was apparently indavertently left out in 1996, I am only able to say "author unknown." If anyone knows who wrote this, please let me know, and we will attribute proper credit on the website. Thank you.