Name

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet”

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, 1600

 

What’s in a name? A “name” can mean a person’s reputation or the person himself—a word or phrase that constitutes a distinctive designation of a person, place, animal, plant, or other object, according to Insight on the Scriptures.

Hebrew יהוה

The oldest Hebrew manuscripts present the divine name in the form of four consonants, commonly called the Tetragrammaton (Greek τετραγράμματον te·tra-, meaning “four,” and gram?ma, “letter”). These four letters (written from right to left) are יהוה and may be transliterated into English as YHWH. Hebrew scholars generally favor “Yahweh” as the most likely pronunciation.

Greek

The most complete manuscript copies of the Septuagint consistently follow the practice of substituting the Greek words Ky?ri·os (Lord) or The·os? (God) for the Tetragrammaton.

Centuries before Jesus was born, the Jews stopped using the divine name. Jesus and his disciples referred to God as “Father”, never referring to him as YHWH or Yahweh.

Family Name

A family name is typically a part of a person’s name which has been passed, according to law or custom, from parent to child.

God exalted him to a superior position+ and kindly gave him the name that is above every [other] name,+ so that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the ground,+ and every tongue should openly acknowledge*+ that Jesus Christ is Lord+ to the glory of God the Father.”+ — Philippians 2:9-11

Adopted Family

“‘And I shall be a father to you,+ and you will be sons and daughters to me,’+ says Jehovah* the Almighty.”+ — 2 Corinthians 6:18

“As many as did receive him,+ to them he gave authority to become God’s children,+ because they were exercising faith in [Jesus] name;+ and they were born, not from blood* or from a fleshly will or from man’s will, but from God.”+ — John 1:12-13

“For he foreordained*+ us to the adoption+ through Jesus Christ as sons+ to himself”+ — Ephesians 1:5

See what sort of love+ the Father has given us, so that we should be called children of God;+ and such we are. That is why the world+ does not have a knowledge of us, because it has not come to know him.”+ — 1 John 3:1

“The spirit+ itself bears witness+ with our spirit+ that we are God’s children.”+ — Romans 8:16

 

That They Know You

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. — John 17:3, NIV

And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. — John 17:3, NLT

And this is the real and eternal life: That they know you, The one and only true God, And Jesus Christ, whom you sent. — John 17:3, MSG

 

Glorify Your Name

“The hour has come for the Son of man to be glorified.+ …
“Father, glorify your name.” Therefore a voice+ came out of heaven:
“I both glorified [it] and will glorify [it] again.””+ — John 12:23,28

Jesus said: “Now the Son of man is glorified,+ and God is glorified by means of him.* And God will himself glorify him,+ and he will glorify him immediately. — John 13:31-32

“Father, the hour has come; glorify your son, that your son may glorify you+ — John 17:1

God exalted him to a superior position+ and kindly gave him the name that is above every [other] name,+ so that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the ground,+ and every tongue should openly acknowledge*+ that Jesus Christ is Lord+ to the glory of God the Father.”+ — Philippians 2:9-11

Salvation & Hope

“Indeed, in his name nations will hope.”+ — Matthew 12:21

“There is no salvation in anyone else, for there is not another name+ under heaven that has been given among men by which we must get saved.”+ — Acts 4:12