What Is the Name Above All Names?

The Name of Jesus: 
Another Biblical Proof that Jesus Christ was GOD in the Flesh
a guest post by Pastor Larry Lombardi

  The Christian Gospel is powered by the Promised Savior and Redeemer who first was mentioned in Genesis chapter 3... and spoken of from that point on by the Jewish prophets -- over 300 highly specific prophecies which would be more than enough to identify the real Savior when He came.

  He was called Jesus, because He would save the people from their sins. But this, at that time, was a very common name! But careful study will reveal that Jesus had many names and titles belonging to Him -- including one name that belongs to no one else.

  Philippians 2:5-11 gives us the context for the Name of Jesus that proves He is God. Verses 9, 10 and 11 are the specific verses involved.

[9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 
10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (ESV)]

  Jesus had divested Himself of what made Him eternal and everlasting God, leaving that with the Father and the Spirit so that He might be found in the form of a servant... in other words, that He might be born a human male, subject to natural life as all humans are.

  This, by shared divine will, He did, and found Himself in the FORM of a man and fully dependent and subject to God (The Father and Spirit) as all men are. He humbled Himself in all obedience -- even to obey the call to die on the cross for sins.
  Succeeding, He rose, as predicted, as He personally promised He would, and was seen by hundreds of people alive after death.

  Ascending into Heaven -- Philippians 2 now informs us -- He receives back to Himself that which He had emptied Himself of to become human, which included being given (back) the Name Above All Names.

  Even false Christian cults have to acknowledge that the only name this could be referring to would be Jehovah or the variant of the same name: Yahweh.

  We know that this is the Name Above All Names rather than Jesus because the Biblical text points us to something in linguistics called: "The Genitive of Possession."

  This is a name that Jesus possesses.

  If the Greek Text was written in the form of "The Genitive of Identity,"  then the Name would be self-reflexive -- to tell us that the Name of Jesus being alluded to... is, in fact, "Jesus." 

  But it is not of identity here in Philippians chapter two. It is the Genitive of Possession. This tells us Jesus has another name, that He possesses a second name which is being referred to here.

  It is the Name which is above all names that are named, whether in Heaven, or on earth, or in all that is under the earth... so that at that name that Jesus has (other than the name Jesus), every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

  Being given the Name which is above all names "Yahweh/ Jehovah"... could not happen and could not by any means be right -- if that name had not previously and always belonged to Jesus as God. It is the Divine Name. Not any common name; only One Being may have this name, and it is God (all that is God... all that God is).

  That Most Holy Name could not be given "to another"-- it could only belong to that which is "everlasting to everlasting." Psalm 90:2

  It could only BELONG to Him "whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." Micah 5:2 (KJV)

  "I, the LORD, am the one, and I won't give my name and glory to another..." Isaiah 42:8 (ISV)

  Thus Jesus must (already be and always have been) part of God so as to rightly receive back to Himself what He had emptied Himself of "for a little while," so as to purchase mankind back to Himself with physical but perfectly pure blood.

  Successful, He returns to sit on the Throne of Heaven, takes again all that is His, as the Eternal Son, the Word of God who is with God and is God.

  The Greek, through the linguistic term "Genitive of Possession" reveals to us the full reality that He who was known to the world as the male Jewish Carpenter-cum-Rabbi was in fact the Messiah, the Promised One, "God with us," our Redeemer.

  At the mention of the name that belongs to Jesus, eternity future will find all beings everywhere dropping in worship to their knee and openly confessing the Eternal Truth... the Name that belongs to Jesus is the Divine Name above All Names. Yahweh-Jehovah, which identifies Him as a genuine intrinsic part of the One True Creator God who is the First and the Last, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End.

  To Him belong the honor and the glory and the dominion forever and ever, Amen.

A Messenger Who Is Also God?

  Anyone who has read and studied the Bible for a sufficient amount of time knows that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is One God. There are not two gods, or three gods or four gods. There is only One True God.

  But the Old Testament (the Jewish Tanakh) teaches the Complex Unity of Yahweh God, contrary to the claims of its Unitarian critics. We find one more example of this in Jacob's final blessing on Joseph, as recorded by Moses:

Genesis 48

15 Then he blessed Joseph and said:
     The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked,
     the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day,

16 the Angel who has redeemed me from all harm—

     may He bless these boys.
     And may they be called by my name
     and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac,
     and may they grow to be numerous within the land.

  Note that this passage is found not in the New Testament, but in the Book of Genesis which is part of the Pentateuch, the 5 books written by Moses. And this is Jacob speaking -- the very same Jacob mentioned in the phrase "the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob." This is that Jacob praying that:

 - the God before Whom his fathers walked

 - the God Who has been his Shepherd all his life  

 - the Angel who has redeemed him from all harm...

  may He bless these boys.

  Jacob says God plus the Angel equals a "He."

  Not a "They."

  A He.

  Since many have different ideas about angels and what they look like, it may help to point out that the Hebrew word used by Moses in that verse was the word, "malakh," which simply means "messenger." This is someone who takes on a human form that humans can relate to and understand. The word does not necessarily indicate that He is a winged, sword-bearing angelic being. He is simply One Who is sent by God.

  So why do Jacob and, by implication Moses, say that this Messenger is God?

  Several times in the Old Testament a figure in the form of a man appears Who is addressed as God. At times He is called the Angel (Malakh) of the Lord. 
This is the same Messenger with whom Jacob wrestled. The Messenger Who then says to him:

28 “Your name will no longer be Jacob,” He said. “It will be Israel because you have struggled with God and with men and have prevailed.”

29 Then Jacob asked Him, “Please tell me Your name.”

But He answered, “Why do you ask My name?” And He blessed him there.

30 Jacob then named the place Peniel, “For I have seen God face to face,” he said, “and I have been delivered.” Genesis 32

  Jacob walked away from that encounter with the Messenger, some say limping for the rest of his life, and says, "... I have seen God face to face."

  The prophet Hosea concurs as to the identity of the Messenger:

 2 The Lord also has a dispute with Judah.
    He is about to punish Jacob according to his ways;
    He will repay him based on his actions.

 3 In the womb he grasped his brother’s heel,

    and as an adult he wrestled with God. Hosea 12

  In his prayer of blessing, Jacob the patriarch melds God and the Person of the Angel into one Being. How can God and the Angel be one and the same Being? How can both be God yet at the same time remain a singular being? It is simple. It is because the God of the Bible is a God of Complex Unity, as the pages of His book teach. 

  More than a thousand years after Jacob's prayer, about 400 years before the Logos (Word) of God comes to earth and takes on human form, Yahweh speaks through the prophet Malachi about two messengers who are to come:

 1 “See, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. Then the Lord you seek will suddenly come to His temple, the Messenger of the covenant you desire—see, He is coming,” says the Lord of Hosts." Malachi 3

  We find the fulfillment of this prophecy in the Gospels, where Jesus identifies the first messenger spoken of in the verse as John the Baptist, and Himself as the Second. 

  Jesus says that He is the Lord ("ha adon" in Hebrew, a title which is used only for God) described in Malachi 3. He is the Lord Israel seeks Who will come to His temple. Jesus says He is the Divine Messenger of the covenant they desire (for more, see "Jesus is Malachi's YHWH" and the other resources linked to below). And He proved it with His death and resurrection.

  Is Jesus God?   

  Without a doubt!

  With thanks to Dr. Michael Heiser for pointing the passage out and discussing it (interview video link is below).

See also:

  Jesus is Malachi's YHWH


  The God Who Walks the Earth


  Dr. Darrell Bock and Dr. Michael S. Heiser discuss The Unseen Realm 


  Jesus, the Divine Messenger of the Old Testament, Part I, by Anthony Rogers


  Part 2


  Part 3a


  Part 3b


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