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Names of God – Immanuel

AN APPROPRIATE CHRISTMAS SEASON NAME OF GOD

FRIDAY

Word: Immanuel

Meaning: “God with us’. It is a term used to describe the Incarnation.

 
NAU Matthew 1:23
aBEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH bCHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME 1IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “cGOD WITH US.”

 
NIV Matthew 1:23 “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” {23 Isaiah 7:14} –which means, “God with us.”

 
KJV Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. {they…: or, his name shall be called}

  
A further explanation of God’s presence in Jesus:

 
NAU John 1:14 And athe Word bbecame flesh, and 1cdwelt among us, and dwe saw His glory, glory as of 2the only begotten from the Father, full of egrace and ftruth.

 
NIV John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, {14 Or the Only Begotten} who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

 
KJV John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

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Names of God – Christos

THURSDAY

 
Word: Christos

Translated: Christ

Meaning: It is the Greek translation of the OT word for  Messiah and means ‘the anointed one’.

 

NAU Matthew 16:16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

 
NIV Matthew 16:16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, {16 Or Messiah; also in verse 20} the Son of the living God.”

 
KJV Matthew 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son o the living God.

Names of God – Abba (Pater)

WEDNESDAY

Word: Abba (Aramaic) or Pater (Greek)

Translated: Father

Use: “Abba” expresses the special relationship that exists between a believer and God.  It is a term of intimacy and is better translated as ‘daddy’. While the Hebrew equivalent is used only 15 times in the OT in reference to God, ‘Abba’ or “Pater’ is used 245 times in the NT – a dramatic expression of the closeness every believer has with God as a result of believing in the finished work of Christ on the cross.

 

NAU Romans 8:15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”

 
NIV Romans 8:15 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. {15 Or adoption} And by him we cry, “Abba, {15 Aramaic for Father} Father.”

 
KJV Romans 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

 

 
NAU Galatians 4:6
Because you are sons, aGod has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”

 
NIV Galatians 4:6 Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, {6 Aramaic for Father} Father.”

 
KJV Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

Names of God – Despotes

FRIDAY

Word: Despotes (from which we get the word ‘despot’!

Translated: Master or Sovereign Lord.

Meaning: Another way of looking at this word is ‘slave owner’. When we use the word ‘despote’ it conjures up the thought of ‘unfairly authoritative’. This idea is not found in either the Greek word or the English word. Rather, the idea is neutral and simply signifies an authoritative master.

 

NAU Acts 4:24 And when they heard this, they lifted their voices to God with one accord and said, “O Lord, it is You who MADE THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH AND THE SEA, AND ALL THAT IS IN THEM,

 
NIV Acts 4:24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them.

 
KJV Acts 4:24 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:

 

 

NAU Jude 1:4 For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

 
NIV Jude 1:4 For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.

 
KJV Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Names of God – Kurios

THURSDAY

Word: Kurios

Translated: Lord

Meaning: It is the OT equivalent to Adonai (see Adonai in previous devos).  The word emphasizes the Authority and Supremacy of God. It is used 642 times but strangely not at all in Titus,or the Johanine Epistles.

 
NAU John 20:28
Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”

 
NIV John 20:28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

 
KJV John 20:28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

Names of God – Theos

WEDNESDAY

Having completed a look at the Hebrew or Old Testament Names of God, we can now turn our attention to the New Testament or Greek words used to describe God and the new relationship a person can enjoy through the finished work of Christ on the cross.

Word: Theos

Translated: God

Use: ‘Theos’ is the NT equivalent of ELohim. In the LXX (the Septuagint or the Greek translation of the OT) it is the most frequently used name for God (used over 1,200 times in the NT.

 

NAU Titus 2:13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,

 
NIV Titus 2:13 while we wait for the blessed hope– the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,

 
KJV Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

Names of God – YHWH ELohim Yisrael

TUESDAY

 
Word: YHWH ELohim YISRAEL

Translated:  the LORD, the God of Israel

Use: a very specific name that leaves no room for doubt about God’s identity. He has called Himself YHWH and He is the One who has disclosed Himself specially and specifically through special revelation to Israel.

 
NAU Judges 5:3 “Hear, O kings; give ear, O rulers! I– to the LORD, I will sing, I will sing praise to the LORD, the God of Israel.

 
NIV Judges 5:3 “Hear this, you kings! Listen, you rulers! I will sing to the LORD, I will sing; I will make music to the LORD, the God of Israel.

 
KJV Judges 5:3 Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the LORD; I will sing praise to the LORD God of Israel.

 

 
NAU Isaiah 17:6 Yet gleanings will be left in it like the shaking of an olive tree, Two or three olives on the topmost bough, Four or five on the branches of a fruitful tree, Declares the LORD, the God of Israel.

 
NIV Isaiah 17:6
Yet some gleanings will remain, as when an olive tree is beaten, leaving two or three olives on the topmost branches, four or five on the fruitful boughs,” declares the LORD, the God of Israel.

 
JV Isaiah 17:6 Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost fruitful branches thereof, saith the LORD God of Israel.