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Names of God: Firstfruits

Names of God: Firstfruits

They were surrounded by everything they could ever want, everything they would ever need. Living in paradise, they had one command: Don’t eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The warning was clear. Disobedience would bring death—not just physical death but a spiritual separation from God. Adam and Eve succumbed to the Tempter; consequently, sin flows through humanity. vv

Names of God: Passover Lamb

Names of God: Passover Lamb

A male lamb without blemish was to be sacrificed, and the blood of the lamb was to be put on the doorframe of each house. When the angel of death passed throughout Egypt, he would pass over the homes where the sacrificial blood had been applied. The Passover became a yearly celebration of thanksgiving for the Israelites and a forerunner of things to come.

Names of God: Deliverer

Names of God: Deliverer

In our study of the names of God, we have seen that Jesus is portrayed in many ways. Sometimes, the names are personal, characterizing the intimate relationship that Jesus has with those who follow him. Sometimes, the names express Christ’s work with a group of people. In today’s passage, Paul quotes from Isaiah 59:20-21 to describe Jesus’ second coming.

Names of God: Prophet

Names of God: Prophet

Jesus is described as a prophet, priest, and king. These represent three major offices for the nation of Israel. A king was one who ruled over the people. Jesus holds that position for all who follow him. A priest was one who brought worshipers into God’s presence by virtue of a sacrifice. Jesus brought us into God’s presence by his self-sacrifice. A prophet was one who communicated God’s word.

Names of God: Christ

Names of God: Christ

When Jesus was crucified, the disciples abandoned him and went into hiding. They feared that they would be next to hang on a cross. But then they saw the resurrected Lord! Shortly after that, on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came and empowered the disciples. Now filled with the Spirit, Peter let the people know they had crucified the Christ.

Names of God: The True Vine

Names of God: The True Vine

Israel was familiar with the analogy of a vine. The nation was God’s choice vine. The psalmist wrote that Israel was a vine “out of Egypt.” God “cleared the ground for it; it took deep root and filled the land” (Psalm 80:8-9). Hosea wrote that Israel was like a vine in the land of Canaan. God blessed her with much fruit (i.e., prosperity). However, as the nation prospered, Israel attributed its success to false gods instead of the Lord (Hosea 10:1). In the New Testament, Jesus likens the vine to himself. He is the true vine, fulfilling what God had intended for Israel.