CHRIST HAS A NEW NAME
Significance of the Savior’s Name
By taking a close look at God’s work of salvation, we can have insight as to why it’s important to know the name of the Savior. In order to grant us salvation, God created three ages—the age of the Father, the age of the Son and the age of the Holy Spirit. In each of these ages, God appears as the Savior using a different name. In this age, salvation depends on knowing the Savior now; we cannot simply call on the general title of God. A key concept in the Bible helps to clarify this.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…
God gives us a limited period of time to receive the Savior. Just as everything on this earth has a purpose, our faith in God has a purpose too.
As long as we live on earth, we are limited by time and space. That’s why the Bible says there is a time for everything, a season for everything. Everything is bound by time limitation—everything has a beginning and an end. For instance, whenever you buy milk at the grocery store, it has an expiration date. The expiration date is the time limit for when the milk will no longer be drinkable. This concept can be applied to our life of faith as well because God gives us a limited period of time to receive the Savior.
All activities limited by time contain a particular purpose. For example, people attend college to receive an education and earn a degree; they earn a degree to get a good job; they get a job to make money; they make money to support a family, and so on. Just as everything on this earth has a purpose, our faith in God has a purpose too.
You have not seen Christ, but still you love him. You cannot see him now, but you believe in him. So you are filled with a joy that cannot be explained, a joy full of glory. And you are receiving the goal of your faith—the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:8-9 (NCV)
The Bible states that the ultimate goal of having faith in God is to receive salvation and knowing the Savior’s name is vital to that salvation.
The Savior’s Name in Each Age
God divided His administration of redemption into three ages and gave a different name for the Savior in each of the three ages.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
According to the Bible, the three ages are the age of the Father, the age of the Son and the age of the Holy Spirit. Through the concept of the Trinity, we understand God plays three different roles with three different names. In the age of the Father, God plays the role of the Father. In the age of the Son, God plays the role of the Son. In the age of the Holy Spirit, God plays the role of the Holy Spirit.
When God plays each of these roles, He uses a different name as the Savior. That’s why Jesus said to baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. It means that the Father has His name, the Son has His name and the Holy Spirit has His name.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah lived during the age of the Father when the name of the Savior was Jehovah. It was prophesied that God the Father Jehovah would be born as the Son—that is, Jesus Christ. As soon as God was born in the human form, He stopped playing the role of the Father and began to play the role of the Son. At that moment, the age of the Father ended and the age of the Son began. With the change in age also came a change in the Savior’s name. The Savior was no longer named Jehovah but Jesus. Because God switched roles, the age and the name of God both changed. This means that the name of the Savior has a time limit—similar to an expiration date.
Once an age ends, the Savior’s name for that age expires. People can no longer receive salvation through that name. This is why, during the age of the Father, Jehovah was the only name through which people could be saved. But as soon as the age of the Father ended, the name of Jehovah expired and people could no longer be saved through that name.
That’s why Apostle Peter confidently said that there is no other name aside from Jesus that could give salvation. He understood the concept of time limitation, which marked the expiration of the Father’s name and the beginning of the use of the Son’s name.
The Savior’s New Name
Now, we neither live in the age of the Father nor the age of the Son. We live in the age of the Holy Spirit. In other words, God is playing the role of the Holy Spirit, so it’s essential to know the Holy Spirit’s name to receive salvation. Many people mistake the name of Jesus as the Savior’s name in this age. However, Jesus’ name, which is the name of the Son, expired as the age of the Son ended. For this reason, Jesus declared that He would return as the Savior in the age of the Holy Spirit with a new name.
I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
By saying, “I am coming soon,” Jesus was speaking about His second coming. He made it clear that when He comes again, He would have a new name. He referred to Himself as the Spirit, which means He’s appearing as the Holy Spirit, not as the Son.