Believing in His Name
We believe in the name of Jesus according to John 1:12,
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”
A belief in Jesus is more than believing He existed. It is a belief that guides our life according to all who He is and all that He has done. It is a new life surrendered to Him. Here are a few verse that declare his name and identify who He is and what He has done for all.
Savior: The very name “Jesus” means "Jehovah is salvation." “And she (Mary) will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins,” Matthew 1:21.
Lord: Meaning “master.” He holds the position and right to be our master so deserving our worship. “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians. 2:10-11.
Son of God: Identifies his relation to God but also identifies Jesus as equal with God according to ancient thought & culture. “Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.” Matthew 14:33.
The Word: Not only identifies Jesus as living according to God’s Word but the perfect manifestation God’s Word in the flesh. “And the Word became 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.” John 1:13.
Lamb of God: This relates Jesus to the sacrificial lamb of the Jewish Passover. His sacrifice causes judgment of sin to pass over us. “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.’ John 1:29.
The Good Shepherd: Identifies Jesus in His ministry to believers as a caring & protecting shepherd that leads us to peaceful pastures and was willing to give his life so we may have life. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” John 10:11.
Bread of Life: Bread has its place in every culture as a prime source of nutrition. Jesus uses the term to reveal Himself as the source of life to all. “And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” John 6:35.
The Door: A door gives access to a home. This title reveals Jesus as the entrance to heaven and eternal life. “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” John 10:9
Redeemer: The sinner is enslaved to sin and death. Jesus purchased (redeemed) our freedom from sin by giving his own life. “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” Galatians 3:13-14.
These are a small number of many names or identifications given to Jesus in the New Testament. All names identify who He is to the world. They are truth, therefore we believe.