Call on His Name

Do you know the name of the Lord?  His name is Jesus.  In fulfillment of two thousand years of promises to ancient Israel beginning with Abraham, Jesus was born in Bethlehem and raised in Nazareth in the early 1st Century A.D.  As an adult, He lived the most virtuous human life ever recorded.  For His trouble, He was cruelly executed.  Upon being raised from the dead three days later, and contrary to all we know of human nature, He commissioned His followers to tell the world that He was willing to forgive everyone of everything.  He then ascended into heaven and from there He rules the universe just as He had before He came to be born in Bethlehem.  Jesus is the name of the Lord.

Names are very practical tools.  For one thing, they enable us to connect to the spiritual world – that dimension of creation that we cannot reach with our five physical senses.  For example, if you were to go looking for God, where would you go?  He dwells in that spiritual dimension you cannot navigate in your customary way.  If you call His name, however, He will hear it and come to you.  That’s how you find Him.

A name also informs you about the nature and character of the one named.  Just like any other person, Jesus established a reputation by the way He lived His life.  That reputation is now wrapped up in his name, just as we might say of good person today, “Let no one tarnish his good name.”  Therefore, if you call upon the name of the Lord you can not only know that He’ll hear you but you can also have some sense of how He’ll respond and what His attitude is likely to be as you call on Him.  That is, He’ll live up to His reputation.

Now you could call out to “the one true God of the universe” and He would respond to you just as quickly as if you called out “Lord Jesus.”  However, you would have a vaguer notion of His disposition.  By that I mean that while God has revealed Himself in many ways and through different means, He has never revealed Himself more fully and more comprehensively and more clearly than He did through the life of Jesus of Nazareth.

The Bible documents how God has progressively revealed Himself to humanity, with each successive revelation adding to the portrait we have of Him.  Throughout time, men have called upon the name of the Lord.  Over time, however, our view of who we were calling on became clearer…until finally our eyes were almost blinded by the extent of His wisdom, power, righteousness, and forbearance as revealed in Jesus Christ.

This name of the Lord on which you call, therefore, is very revealing.  It also reveals the nature of His Holy Spirit whom He pours out on everyone who calls on Him in sincere hope of forgiveness and with determination to repent.  Through His Spirit in you, you can hear His thoughts, sense His closeness, and express His nature.  This will change your reputation.

The name of the Lord is first and foremost…Lord.  Thus we should be His servants and do His will.  Otherwise, why call Him Lord?

For more context, see this overview.

Postscript:  Among the comments below, you will find links to specific names of the Lord about which I have written.  For example, the first three below are “the Runner and Forerunner,” “the Example,” and “the Lawgiver.”  Many others follow (over one hundred in all).  Christ has many names – because there is so much He wants us to know about Himself.  Pay attention to His names and you will continue to learn more about Him – because He is true to His name.

The purpose of this blog is to provide information about Jesus to those who want to hear about Him without having to join something.

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117 Responses to Call on His Name

  1. okita says:

    God is great, powerful, glorious, majestic and splendid. Everything in heaven and earth is yours. (1 Chronicles 29:11) He is ruler of all things. Everything comes from you. We praise your glorious name.

    • Mike says:

      Indeed, His glorious name is Jesus of Nazareth – King of kings and Lord of lords. The Old Testament verse you reference prophesied well of what God would achieve through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory!

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  11. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Teacher

  12. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: His name is Jesus

  13. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Christ

  14. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Messiah

  15. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Anointed

  16. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is Joshua

  17. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is our Rabbi

  18. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is Rabboni

  19. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is Savior

  20. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Son of God

  21. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the King of Israel

  22. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Leader

  23. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Commander

  24. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Witness

  25. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Son of Man

  26. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Breaker

  27. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the King

  28. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Shepherd

  29. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Good Shepherd

  30. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor

  31. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Mighty God

  32. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Eternal Father

  33. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Prince of Peace

  34. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Prophet

  35. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus was God’s Servant

  36. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Righteous One

  37. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Lamb of God

  38. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Living One

  39. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Word of Life

  40. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Cornerstone

  41. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Gate

  42. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Door

  43. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Vine

  44. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Son of David

  45. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Way

  46. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Truth

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  48. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Life

  49. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Light

  50. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Word of God

  51. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Advocate

  52. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Judge

  53. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Lord of Lords

  54. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is our Master

  55. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Rock

  56. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Branch

  57. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Servant

  58. Mike Gantt says:

    The Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Great I Am

  59. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Bridegroom

  60. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Amen

  61. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Redeemer

  62. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Champion

  63. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Deliverer

  64. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is my Helper

  65. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Ruler

  66. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Coming One

  67. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Expected One

  68. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Word

  69. Mike Gantt says:

    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the Chosen One

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    Names of the Lord: Jesus is the First Fruits

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