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January 23rd, 2018 at 5:34 pm

BIBLE NAMES

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 Most names in the Bible have a meaning, reflecting a characteristic that parents admired and so desired for their children; or as the son of their father or perhaps some other relative to whom they wanted to show respect by using his or her name.

The names for God in the Bible are many and number around one hundred, while His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, also has many of the names of His Father God. Therefore studying the names of God and of Jesus can be very revealing.

By far the most common name is simply God, but this name also has a depth of meaning that is not readily seen in English. This is a name that carries a couple of surprises in the Hebrew language.

In Hebrew the name for god by whatever name they may be known and however worshipped, is simply “El”.

However not so with the One who is our Creator; His is a unique name and is the first name in the first verse of Genesis in His book, the Bible: It is “Elohim”, the plural form of El, and is therefore unique among all gods. This name is common in both Testaments as our only Creator and Jesus (“Yeshua”) is His Son.

So we read in the gospel of John in Chapter 3, beginning with verse sixteen:

16For Elohim so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For Elohim did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of Elohim’s one and only Son.

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