April 12, 2008

Wayne Grudem on The Names of God

Posted in Christian Life, My Personal Walk tagged , , , , , at 3:09 pm by Dan Barnett

In the Bible a person’s name is a description of his or her character. Likewise, the names of God in Scripture are various descriptions of God’s character.  In a broad sense, then, God’s “name” is equal to all that the Bible and creation tell us about God  When we pray, “Hallowed be your name” as part of the Lord’s Prayer (Matt. 6:9), we are praying that people would speak about God in a way that is honoring to him and that accurately reflects his character.  This honoring of God’s name can be done with actions as well as words, for our actions reflect the character of the Creator whom we serve (Matt. 5:16).  To honor God’s name is therefore to honor him.  The command, “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in wain” (Ex. 20:7) is a command that we not dishonor God’s reputaion either by words that speak of him in a foolish or misleading way, or by actions that do not reflect his true character.

from “Systematic Theology” by Wayne Grudem, Page 157

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