Who is God? The Names of God (Elohim)

Sunday Morning, November 6, 2016
 

Who is God?

The Names of God

 

Introduction:

What is in a name? A name identifies a person. A name also limits a person. This is why God has so many different names in Scripture. The first name used in the Bible is Elohim and it is used more than 2,250 times. There is much in that name.

 

  • Plurality
    • Elohim is a strange noun
      • Genesis 1:26 ~ “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: …” has plural form
      • It is often used with a singular: Isaiah 6:8 ~ “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
    • The simple truth: God is one entity who exists in three persons. This is difficult to explain and impossible to understand.
  • Power
    • Elohim is used in conjunction with creation
      • It is used thirty-five times before Genesis 2:4
    • It explains the first commandment
      • Exodus 20:2 ~ “I am the Lord thy God, …
      • The created is always less than the Creator
      • A graven image detracts from the Creator who is great above all greatness
    • Personalized
      • There is an element of a covenant in the word as well
        • A covenant is an agreement between two people with God as witness or between God and a person
      • God exists in covenant with mankind
        • He provides most of the agreement
        • Little is required of us
          • Faithful trust
          • Obedience
        • Incredible covenant
      • I am in personal relationship with a God so great I cannot even comprehend Him adequately
      • I am in covenant with the triune God and all the benefits of all His persons are mine

 

Conclusion: Elohim speaks of God almighty. Elohim speaks of Almighty-God in covenant relationship with His children. Through faith in Christ I have become personally related to the Almighty God. Surely my Christianity must mean more to me than a casual “tip of the hat” once a week.

Pastor Andy Lambert
{pastorandy@cvcog.church}

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