Jehovah reveals Himself in His actions throughout the Old Testament. The question is “Does Jehovah reveal Himself also through the New Testament?”
In the New Testament, we learn of God’s unique way of redeeming His people from sin through the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ, His Son. Accepting Jesus Christ’s sacrifice is fundamental and necessary for salvation. Jesus, or Jeshuah, means, “Jehovah is Salvation.”
However, this is only the beginning. There is a greater depth of the greatness of God through the blood of Jesus Christ. If only one would search for it. It is like the treasure hid in a field mentioned in Matthew 13: 44. Clues to the hidden treasure are found in the names of God.
The first name is Jehovah- Mekaddishkem, or God Who Sanctifies, also known as YHWH- Medkaddishkem. Sanctification is a big deal. It means being set apart, to separate from the world and be consecrated unto God. To sanctify anything is to declare that it belongs to God. It is written in Hebrews 13: 12
“Wherefore Jesus also,
that He might sanctify the people with His own blood,
suffered outside the gate.”
Christ’s blood sanctifies or sets apart God’s people. Sanctification also means the progressive conformation of the believer into the image of Christ. Romans 8:29 says
“For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren.”
Thus, sanctification is the process by which the life of a believer is made morally holy by the redemptive work of Christ and the indwelling Holy Spirit. Simply put, the process begins when we accept Christ’s sacrifice for us and it is completed when we see Christ.
“For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face:
now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”
I Corinthians 13: 12
Praise Jehovah-Mekkadishkem for the sanctifying blood of Jesus Christ!
Next blog will be on Jehovah-Nissi.
Posted on June 16, 2013.