The Importance of the Name of Christ

This is a subsidiary post of The Names of God.

I have provided an extensive, but by no means exhaustive, list of names for Christ at The Names of Christ.  But what is the importance of His name?  That’s what this post addresses.  The scriptures that follow speak explicitly to purposes for which His name has been made known to us.  (A few of the verses listed don’t speak specifically about the name of Christ, but rather have something to say about the importance or meaning of a name in more general terms; they are marked with an asterisk at the beginning of the chapter and verse citation.)

The apostles – such as Peter and Thomas – knew Christ according to the flesh but we know Him by His name and His Spirit (1 Peter 1:8 for Peter, and John 20:29 for Thomas).

First of all, a name indicates an identity, a person.  If there is no real person corresponding to that name then it is a fictious name, a false name, a pseudonym.

Keep in mind that this is a sampling, not an exhaustive list of all the verses that would be relevant.

Matthew 18:20

Luke 24:47

John 1:11, 12

John 3:18

*John 5:43

*John 17:12

John 20:31

*Acts 4:7
Acts 4:10
*Acts 4:12
Acts 4:17
Acts 4:18
Acts 4:30

Acts 9:27

*Acts 15:14
Acts 15:26

Acts 26:9

*Romans 2:24

Romans 10:13

Romans 15:20

1 Corinthians 1:2

*1 Corinthians 1:13, 15

*Ephesians 1:21

Philippians 2:9, 10, 11

Colossians 3:17

2 Timothy 2:19

Hebrews 1:4

Hebrews 6:10

1 John 3:23

1 John 5:13

3 John 1:7

*Revelation 3:1


*Genesis 4:26

*Exodus 20:7

*Deuteronomy 5:11

*1 Samuel 25: 5, 9

*1 Samuel 25:25  –  The generic Hebrew word “nabal” means “to be senseless or foolish.”

*2 Samuel 8:13


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