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What is in a NAME.

By rdlb, 31 December 2020 · 1,278 views

Name  From a presumed derivative of the base of γινώσκω (G1097) ( ὀνίνημι oninēmi (G3685)) A prolonged form of an apparently primary verb (onomai, to slur), for which another prolonged form (onao) is used as an alternate in some tenses [unless indeed it be identical with the base of ὄνομα (G3686) through the idea of notoriety]
1097 to know, to learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of perceive, feel
to become known
to know, understand, perceive, have knowledge of
to understand
to know
3686 authority, character, everything the thought or feeling of.  

In the Word also by name is signified the essence of a thing, and by seeing and calling by name is signified to know the quality.

“In the Word as well, a name means the essence of a thing and seeing something and naming it means recognizing its nature, as in Isaiah:
I will give you the treasures of the dark and the hidden riches of secret places, in order that you may know that I am Jehovah; the one who gives you your name; the God of Israel. For the sake of my servant Jacob and of Israel my chosen, I have also called you by your name; I have surnamed you, but you do not know me. (Isaiah 45:3, 4)

Calling by name and naming symbolize foreseeing a person’s nature. In the same author:
A new name will be given to you, which the mouth of Jehovah will declare. (Isaiah 62:2)

This time it means that the person will change, as is evident from the verses before and after it. Again:
Don’t be afraid, Israel, because I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name: You Are Mine. (Isaiah 43:1)

The message here is that he knows what we are like. Once again:
Raise your eyes up high and see who has created those things, leading their legions
out by number. He will call them all by name. (Isaiah 40:26)

In other words, he knows everyone. In Revelation:
You have a few names in Sardis that have not defiled their clothes. Those who conquer will be dressed in white clothes, and I will not delete their name from the book of life; and I will proclaim their name before my Father and before his angels. (Revelation 3:4, 5)

In another place:
  . . . those whose names are not written in the Lamb’s book of life. (Revelation 13:8)

In none of these places does names literally mean names but rather what the people are like.”

Excerpt From: Emanuel Swedenborg and Lisa Hyatt Cooper. “Secrets of Heaven, Volume 1.” iBook.

That the name of the Lord is everything of faith and love by which the Lord is to be worshiped, is still more plain from the following passages:--
Ye shall be hated of all for My name's sake (Matt. 10:22).
Whoso shall receive one such little child in My name receives Me (Matt. 18:5).
Everyone that hath left houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or fields, for My name's sake; shall receive a hundredfold (Matt. 19:29).
They cried, Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord (Matt. 21:9).
Verily I say to you, For ye shall not see Me until the time shall come when ye shall say, Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord (Luke 13:35).
Whosoever shall give you to drink a cup of water in My name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward (Mark 9:41).
The seventy returned with joy, saying, Lord, even the demons obey us in Thy name. Jesus said to them, In this rejoice not, that the spirits obey you, but rather rejoice that your names have been written in heaven (Luke 10:17, 20);

Names written in heaven are not names, but the quality of their faith and charity.
They were to worship Jehovah God in the place which He should choose, and should put His name (Deut. 21:5, 11, 14).
Also in (Isa. 18:7; Jer. 7:12; Isa. 26:8, 13; 41:25; 43:7; 49:1; 50:10; 52:5; 62:2; Jer. 23:27; 26:16; Ezek. 20:14, 44; 36:21-23; Micah 5:4; Mal.1:11; Deut. 10:8; Rev. 2:17; 3:12; 13:8; 14:11; 15:2; 17:8; 19:12, 13, 16; 22:3, 4).  
That the name of Jehovah denotes everything by which He is worshiped, thus in the supreme sense everything that proceeds from the Lord, is evident from the benediction:--
Jehovah bless thee and keep thee, Jehovah make His faces to shine upon thee, and have mercy on thee; Jehovah lift up His faces upon thee, and give thee peace. So shall they put My name upon the sons of Israel (Num. 6:23-27).
From all this it is now clear what is meant by this commandment of the Decalogue:--
Thou shalt not take the name of thy God in vain; for Jehovah will not hold him innocent that taketh His name in vain (Exod. 20:7);
also by Hallowed be Thy name, in the Lord's prayer (Matt. 6:9).

Believing in the name of the Son of God is believing the Word and living by it. The will of the flesh is our own will, which in and of itself is evil; and the will of a man is our own understanding, which in and of itself is false as a result of the evil. Those who are born of these are people who derive what they intend and act and think and speak from their own selves. Those born of God are people who derive what they intend and act and think and speak from the Lord.

In brief, what comes from us is not good. What comes from the Lord is good.”

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