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Divine Names and Titles by E. W. Bullinger


Divine Names and Titles open by showing us that A "NAME" is that by which a person or thing is known.

This is the meaning of the word, which is preserved in its actual derivation.

The Greek is "o-NOM-a." The Latin is "NOM-en," and both appear in the verb to k-NO-w. The Primitive Aryan root is GNA, to know, and the Sanscrit NAM-a.

Then a name is that which describes; defines or declares a person or thing so that it can be KNOWN.

When God gives a name, that name does accurately describe the character and attributes of the thing. When He called man ADAM, it was because he was made out of Adamah, the ground. When He called the woman EVE (Heb. Chavvah), it was because life was to be continued and preserved in the earth by her.

It was the same in the case of names that were given by men when under Divine inspiration or guidance.

Apart from this Divine guidance, names, when given by man, do not necessarily describe the character or person.

This, then, is the studies starting point, that the name of God is identical with His character and attributes.

When we read of "the name of the Lord," it denotes God as He is known to His people: God as He has made Himself known, and revealed Himself.

All that has to do with the Name of the Lord implies our intimate knowledge of Him. And, among the "things to come," there is none more blessed than that "at the NAME of Jesus every knee shall bow" (Phil. 2. 10). Jesus will then be known as Lord of all. When He shall be revealed to His friends and His foes, each will know Him and experience His love or His wrath, and "the knowledge of the Lord shall cover the earth as the waters cover the sea." A day is coming when it will be true in glory as it is now in grace--" All thy children shall be taught of the Lord."

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