An Everlasting Name

In the true gospel of Jesus Christ, the triune God makes for Himself an Everlasting Name by delivering, saving, justifying, forgiving, and redeeming with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, everyone for whom Christ died. As the Exodus Passover reveals — that holy, beautiful, and sobering type of Christ’s efficacious atonement — the blood of the Lamb makes the ultimate difference between salvation and destruction.

God’s regenerate people know that God desires to destroy certain reprobate (non-elect) sinners, and to save other elect sinners. And they fall on their faces and they shout for joy and they tremble (Romans 5:2, 9:17-18, 22-24, 15:10; Philippians 2:12, 3:1-3, 4:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:16).

(Underlining emphasis is mine.)

“For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might show My power in thee, and that My name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore hath He mercy on whom He will [have mercy,] and whom He will He hardeneth” (Romans 9:17-18).

“And who is like Your people, like Israel, the one nation in the earth that God went out to redeem to be a people for Himself, and to make Himself a name, and to do for You great and fearful things for Your land, before Your people which You redeemed to Yourself from Egypt, [from] nations and their gods?” (2 Samuel 7:23)

“And in that day you shall say, Praise Jehovah! Call on His name; declare His doings among the peoples; make mention that His name is exalted” (Isaiah 12:4).

For My name’s sake I will put off My anger; and for My praise I will hold back for you, so as not to cut you off” (Isaiah 48:9).

“who led them by Moses’ right hand, with His glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make for Him an everlasting name? (Isaiah 63:12)

“For as this girdle holds fast to the loins of a man, so I have caused the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to cling to Me, says Jehovah, to be to Me for a people, and for a name, and for praise, and for glory; but they would not listen” (Jeremiah 13:11).

“And after they were silent, James responded, saying, Men, brothers, hear me: Simon recounted [how] even as [at] first God oversaw to take a people out from [among the] nations for His nameAnd with this agree the Words of the prophets, as it has been written, After these things I will return and will build again the tabernacle of David [which] has fallen, and I will build again the things which have been demolished, and I will set it up, so as the rest of men may seek the Lord, even all the nations on whom My name has been called, says the Lord, who is doing all these things. All His works are known to God from eternity. For this reason I judge not to trouble those from the nations turning to God” (Acts 15:13-19).

But I worked for My name’s sake, that it should not be profaned in the eyes of the nations among whom they [were, for] I made Myself known to them in their eyes, by bringing them out of the land of Egypt. … But I worked for My name’s sake, that it should not be profaned in the eyes of the nations, [before] whom I brought them out, in their eyes. … But I withdrew My hand and acted for My name’s sake, that it should not be profaned in the eyes of the nations, from whom I brought them out in their eyes” (Ezekiel 20:9, 14, 22).

And when they entered into the nations, there where they went, they even profaned My holy name, by saying to them, These [are] the people of Jehovah, and they are gone out of His land. But I had pity for My holy name which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations, there where they wentTherefore, say to the house of Israel, So says the Lord Jehovah: I do not do [this] for your sake, O house of Israel, but only for My holy name which you profaned among the nations, there where you went. And I will sanctify My great name which was profaned among the nations, which you profaned among them. And the nations shall know that I [am] Jehovah, declares the Lord Jehovah, when I am sanctified in you in their eyesFor I will take you from the nations and gather you out of all the lands and bring you into your land. Then I will sprinkle clean waters on you, and you shall be clean. I will cleanse you from all your defilement and from all your idols. And I will also give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you. And I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give to you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall keep My judgments and do [them]And you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers. And you shall be a people to Me, and I will be God to you. I will also save you from all your defilements, and I will call for grain and increase it, and I will not put a famine on you. And I will multiply the fruit of the tree and the produce of the field, in order that you will not any more receive the disgrace of famine among the nations. And you will remember your evil ways and your doings that [were] not good, and you will despise yourselves in your own eyes for your iniquities and for your abominations. Let it be known to you that I am not doing [this] for your sake, states the Lord Jehovah. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel. So says the Lord Jehovah: In the day I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will cause the cities [to be] inhabited, and the wastes shall be built. And the desolated land shall be cultivated, rather than being a ruin in the eyes of all passing by. And they shall say, This land that was desolated has become like the garden of Eden. And the wasted and desolated and razed cities [are] fortified [and] inhabited. And the nations left all around you shall know that I, Jehovah, built the razed places and planted that which was desolated. I, Jehovah have spoken it and will do it. So says the Lord Jehovah: Yet [for] this I will be sought by the house of Israel, to work for them. I will increase them with men like a flock. Like a holy flock, like the flock of Jerusalem in her appointed feasts, so the wasted cities shall be filled with flocks of men. And they shall know that I [am] Jehovah” (Ezekiel 36:20-38).

“And Joshua said, Oh Lord Jehovah, why have You at all caused this people to cross over the Jordan to give us into the hands of the Amorites, to destroy us? And, Oh that we had been willing, and that we had dwelt beyond the Jordan! Oh Lord, what shall I say, after Israel has turned its back before its enemies? And the Canaanites, and all the [ones] living in the land shall hear, and shall come around against us, and shall cut off our name out of the earth. And what shall You do for Your great name?” (Joshua 7:7-9)

“And now, O Lord our God, who brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand and made for Yourself a name, as [it is] this day; we have sinned; we have done evilly…O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, attend [to us] and work! Do not delay, for Your own sake, O my God. For Your name is called on Your city and on Your people” (Daniel 9:15, 19).

“And everyone who left houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for the sake of My name, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life” (Matthew 19:29).

For on behalf of His name they went out, taking nothing from the nations” (3 John 1:7).

“Little children, I write to you because you have been forgiven [your] sins through His name” (1 John 2:12).