The names someone is given by those they interact with daily tell a lot about their character and relationship with others. Names given to different characters in the Bible tell much about a character. For instance, Jesus has been given many names by the authors of the Bible. These names help you to understand who He was and have faith in Him. So, what are the names of Jesus?
Jesus is called Chief Cornerstone, Firstborn of Every Creature, Head of the Church, Holy One, the Word, King of Kings, Savior, and more names in the Bible. All these names portray Jesus as a deity in the form of a human being. He is the Son of God.
So, what are the names and titles of Jesus in the Bible? This article lists the names and titles of Jesus in the Holy Scriptures and their meanings. Keep reading to learn more!
Names and titles of Jesus found in the Bible
“And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;” Ephesians 2:20. A cornerstone is the principal stone most builders use to guide the masons in their course. The cornerstone is usually the most perfect and solid stone in the construction site. In the Bible, Jesus is described as the cornerstone upon which the Christian Church would be built. He is the foundation. Once the cornerstone is laid down and set, it is used to determine all the other measurements in the construction; everything must align with this stone. As the cornerstone of the Church, Jesus is the standard of alignment and measurement for all Christians.
Firstborn of Every Creature
“Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:” Colossians 1:15. This name means that God ranks Jesus as the firstborn over all things. Jesus is the head of all things that God created. Many people misinterpret this name to mean that Jesus was the first thing that God created, which is wrong.
Head of the Church
“For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body,” Ephesians 5:23. Unlike most denominations teach, the Bible states that Jesus Christ is the sovereign ruler of the Church, not the Roman Catholic Pope (Bishop of Rome) or the Monarch. He is the leader of all those who believes in Him.
“But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;” Acts 3:14. Jesus is holy; the Bible states that He was born of a Virgin and lived a pure life here on earth. He is the fountain of holiness for all that have faith in Him. The entire human race was made pure and holy before God through His death on the cross.
“And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead,” Acts 10:42. Jesus was ordained by God (His Father) to be the Judge. The Bible states that he will come to judge the living and the dead on judgment day. He will reward the righteous with eternal life in paradise; the wicked will be condemned to hell, where they will burn for eternity.
King of Kings
“Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;” 1 Timothy 6:15. Jesus has dominion over all earth-based authority. He has power over rulers and kings. Although they are feared and, at times, seen as gods here on earth, no ruler or king can prevent or stop Jesus from fulfilling his purposes. He has the power to control them as He pleases.
Light of the World
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life,” John 8:12. Jesus was born into a world full of sin. However, through His ministry here on earth, he set an excellent example for those wishing to follow in His footsteps. As stated in the Bible, Jesus promises those who follow Him that He will lead them into light and away from the darkness.
Prince of Peace
“For unto us a child is born, unto us, a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace,” Isaiah 9:6. One of the main reasons why Jesus came was bring peace between God and the human race. Since He created Adam and Eve, God has been unhappy with the sinful nature of the human race. According to the Bible, it is for this reason that Jesus was born; He suffered and died so that God and the human race could be reconciled.
Son of God
“And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God,” Luke 1:35. Jesus Christ is the second person in God’s triune nature. The Bible states that He is the Son of God. The name “Son of God” is used forty-two times in the New Testament, affirming that Jesus was God’s Son.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,” John 1:1. The word is the second person (the Son/Jesus Christ) in God’s triune nature. It is through the word (Jesus Christ) that everything was created. The Bible means that Jesus was the word God the Father used to create everything that exists (heaven and earth).
“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us,” Mathew 1:23. Emmanuel means God with us. In this verse, Mathew referenced prophecies in the Old Testament that God would send his son to save the human race from their sinful nature. He would be born and live an everyday life among his people despite being a true God.
“Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am,” John 8:58. The Bible states that when Jesus gave himself this title, the Jews tried to stone Him because they knew that He was referring to Himself as God. In their eyes, Jesus was just another man and was wrong to call Himself God. His words were considered Blasphemous.
Bread of Life
“And Jesus said unto them, and I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst,” John 6:35. What Jesus meant when he referred to Himself as the bread of life is that he had the power to give and sustain eternal life. Those who follow in His footsteps are promised everlasting life.
“And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast,” Mathew 9:15. Jesus tries to show the inseparable bond between Him and the Church. He refers to Himself as the bridegroom and implies that the Church is His Bride. He tries to prepare the bride (His disciples and followers) for the coming days when He shall be taken away from them, and they will not have his company and guidance.
The Good Shepherd
“I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep,” John 10:11. According to the Bible, a good shepherd is ready to risk his life to protect his herd. True to His word, as stated in the Bible, Jesus was beaten and crucified for the atonement of the sins of the human race. He also cares for and natures those that believe in him through His word and those that He appoints to spread the Gospel.
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord,” Luke 2:11. The angel refers to Jesus as the Savior, which He is because, as stated in the Bible, He died so that the sins of man could be forgiven. The human race gained direct access to God through the suffering and death of Jesus.
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