A man is only as good as his word, and his name comes to represent his word. Get to work.
John 17:6a – I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world:
Yesterday I wrote concerning some of the names by which Jehovah was known in the Old Testament. Jesus said He had manifested that Name unto the men Father had given Him. To more fully understand that statement, we must realize that the four Gospels are really not part of the New Testament, though man has basically tried to make that of them. The four Gospels actually focus on the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ. They speak of the conception, birth, childhood, ministry, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, all of which took place under the Old Covenant. It was a ministry in which Jesus functioned as a prophet under the law of the Old Testament, NOT the New Testament.
So when Jesus said He had manifested Father’s Name, He was referring to Father’s Name as it related to Old Covenant Scripture. But what did Jesus do to manifest Father’s Name? Let’s consider that in the light of the Old Testament names from yesterday’s Second Miler. “El,” meaning “Almighty,” was manifested through the authority of covenant Jesus demonstrated throughout His earthly ministry, and it’s culmination in that setting came when He said “all power in heaven and earth” was given to Him. He in truth declared Himself to be “almighty.” “Shaddai” was demonstrated through both His ability and great heart for the supply of provision for all who followed Him. “Jehovah,” or “Lord,” is clearly seen in His experience with His disciples who declared Him to be “the Christ, the Son of the living God,” at which Jesus said, “Flesh and blood has not revealed this unto you, by My Father which is in heaven.” And in one of His final utterances before His death, from the cross Jesus cried, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani.” The term “Eloi” is the singular of “Elohim.” “Elohim” means “Gods;” not in a possessive sense, but in the plural sense, that being Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Yet Jesus, as He hung on the cross, clearly speaking to His heavenly Father, used the singular term, “Eloi,” meaning, “My God.” And this identity is set forth clearly in the words of Thomas when he encountered the resurrected Lord. He called Jesus, “My Lord and my God.”
Through the reading of the works of Jesus, and by the identification of those who spoke of what they saw in Him, we can clearly see that Jesus manifested Father’s Name to them through His works and by the revelation of Holy Spirit through His earthly ministry. Once again today I challenge you; if Jesus manifested Father’s Name, and we are expected to do the works He did, then it falls our responsibility to do the same – to manifest Father’s Name, and now the Name of Jesus, to those in whose lives we exercise influence.
Manna for Today – John 17; John 14:12-14; John 15:7; John 16:23; Mark 11:22-24; Luke 4:18-21; John 8:29; Luke 1:37; Hebrews 1:3; Joshua 1:6-9; Proverbs 4:20-23; Matthew 12:35-37