TODAY’S READING: Ephesians 1:20-21
“far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come” EPH 1:21
Did you know that every bible name has a meaning? Dr Judson Cornwall in his book, ‘The Exhaustive Dictionary of Bible Names’, explains that at times when God changed the nature of a person, He also changed the name. Abram (high and honoured father) believed God’s promise of a son and God changed his name to Abraham (father of a multitude). Sarai (contentious or quarrelsome) became Sarah (princess or noblewoman). Jacob’s name was changed to Israel and in the New Testament, Saul of Tarsus meaning ‘demanded’, became Paul, which means ‘little’. This is what the greatest apostle became known as in his own eyes as he looked increasingly upon the greatness of Christ.
Paul reminds the Ephesian church that Jesus Christ has been raised, “far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come”. His name means ‘Jehovah is salvation’ and by anyone’s account, Jesus of Nazareth is the most significant person who has ever lived on earth. He has influenced more lives and had more written about Him than any other person in history, bar none! Jesus is the only one who ever made a credible claim to being more than just another human being and to this day, more than a billion people revere Him as the supreme revelation of God!
Jesus is also known by another name which is revealed to us in Matthew 1:23, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel which means, ‘God with us’”.
As believers, we remember that we called on the name of Jesus for salvation (Acts 2:21); we put our faith in the name of Jesus (John 1:12); we are justified (1 Corinthians 6:11) and forgiven in Jesus’ name (Acts 10:43) and are then baptised in Jesus’ name (Acts 2:38). Ours is a life lived in His name (John 20:31) where we glorify His name (2 Thessalonians 1:12) and give thanks for everything we do in the name of Jesus (Colossians 3:17).
• Read Ephesians 1:20 – 21
• Study the final paragraph of today’s devotion and review the associated scriptures.
• Tell someone today in your own words what the name of Jesus means for you.