There are many names in the Bible for God, such as Lord or Savior. In this paper I will share a few of those names and what they mean to me.
One name is Our Hope (used in Isaiah 40:31) "Blessed are those who hope in the Lord for they will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint."This verse uses the analogy that we can go on and on forever relying on God. This means to me that if you always trust in the Lord and rely on Him he will supply you with the strength and courage you need. So we need to trust that God will be there and put all of our hope in Him for if we put our hope elsewhere we will be disappointed.
Secondly, there is the name Light of the World, in Philippians 2:14-16 which says, " Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life- in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing." In this verse it talks about how the people in Philippi would being written by Paul and he was trying to tel them to shine for God as we should on a daily bases. This means that we should obey God and be blameless in His sight so that we can share his light with the rest of the world. And Jesus was the ultimate light because he never sinned and saved the world by dying on the cross for all of us.
Another name is Physician (used in Matthew 9:35-36.) It says, " Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd." This verse is referring to when Jesus would travel around preaching and healing all that needed it. The Great Physician (God) can heal the person like Jesus did when he was on Earth, because he made us and is all knowing. Plus, he is not limited to only being able to heal physical impairments and illnesses but, also mental, emotional, as well as spiritual.
A fourth name that I like is Good Shepherd. In Luke 19:10 is says, "For the Son of Man came to seek and save that which was lost." This is kind of referring to Bible time when there were many flocks of sheep all over and it was common knowledge that they would die without a shepherd. The sheep would be eaten because they couldn’t defend themselves and they would eat all of the grass from one pot and be to dumb to move to a new pasture then they’d starve to death. So that we are not devoured by wolves of sin or wander off the straight and narrow path we need to submit to the Great Shepherd for protection and love.
Lastly, (and my personal favorite) name for Christ is Our Friend (expressed in Matthew 11:19), " The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and "sinners".’ But wisdom is proved right by her actions." I perceive this to mean that, God loves everyone and came to earth to save those who needed to be saved, the sinners. Then, if you repent and admit you need a savior, God will reach down even to the depths of the Earth, to save you. Then, no matter what you do or have done he will stay with you, the Bible says he will stick closer than a brother, (or sister as the case may be.)
These are five of my favorite names of God and I hoped you enjoyed reading this as much as I did writing it. God Bless!
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