The Names of God
[Names, Titles, Appellations, Metaphors, Concepts, References of God]

by Don R. Hender


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Summary


 

Introduction

It is requisite that we come to know God for even life eternal or eternal life is dependent upon our coming to know and understand him. Let us then speak of God.  His names, titles, concepts and images are a marvelous list of understanding to consider.  It is an endless study for there is always another name, title, concept or image of God to contemplate.  To learn of Him who is our God, to come to know him and comprehend him upon a multitude of levels and with various understandings.  Currently the list is well over 1000 such names, titles, concepts and images occupying four volumes of compellation and expression.

“What Think Ye of Christ? whos son is he?” & “Who Do You Say That I AM?”

(Matthew 22:42 & 16:15)

Jesus Christ, who is the same as Jehovah, stands as our one true Ministering God of this temporal estate. He it is whom the Father hath chosen, anointed, ordained and empowered to stand in His stead in all things between He, 'Our Father Who Art in Heaven', and we who are of this temporal mortal earthly estate. Jesus/Jehovah is our Advocate, Mediator, Intercessor, Savior, Redeemer, Temporal Creator, God of the Old Testament, Messiah of the New Testament, and our King of Kings, Lord of Lords and our Great Judge of the Great Millennial Day of the Lord. Coming to know God and Whom He has sent to stand in His stead, opens a vast understanding and insights into eternity.  God is known by many names throughout the scriptures and in common every day usage. Coming to learn and know of these names conveys great and extensive knowledge concerning Him.  We know that Our God, the God of the Old and New Testament is Jesus Christ who is the same as Jehovah in the Old Testament.  Yet we also believe in and accept that there are three members of the status of God, who make up the ‘Godhead’.  But rather than believing in what has been labeled as the trinity, which make all three but one and the same God, We understand that God the Father, God he Son, Jesus Christ and Jehovah, and God the Holy Ghost, are three distinct beings.

Men of science have developed a theory, which they call evolution.  That theory promotes the concept that the higher species evolved from the lowest of living organisms beginning with single celled organisms.  But they deny and ignore any guiding level of intelligence being involved in any of the processes, and they maintain and believe that it all developed out of chaos and by chance happenings of happenstance.  With the level of complexity of the DNA programmed genetics of which man is created of, it would be compared to the probability and possibility that out of the chaos created by blowing up a printing office that a completed and fully bound unabridged printed dictionary of the English language could be the result and creation of that explosion.

Nature of the Godhead

God the Father is an exalted being of flesh and bone who has progressed by the law of eternal progression to the most advanced level of exaltation far beyond the first and second estate levels which are applicable to us in the present.  He who we know by the name of Jehovah, was the firstborn son of God the Father [Elohim] in the spirit. In this respect Jehovah, who is Jesus [Jehoshua] or ‘Jehovah Salvation/Deliver/Redeemer’, is our eldest brother, as we all are the spirit children of God the Father.

In that state of our primeval childhood, we were beings of spirit which have substance but are of a more pure and refined nature than the physical natural bodies which house that spirit in this mortality.  And having been born in heaven, in the presence of God the Father, we were in a state of innocence, not knowing good from evil, never having experienced what the difference it.  This state of innocent ‘ignorance’ left us as ‘little children’ in comparison with the advance state of God the Father, who had by experience gained great knowledge and a knowledge of the difference between good and evil through the experience that there is an opposition in all things.

Thus the Father adopted a program or plan where by his children might be able to advance beyond their state of spirit innocence towards becoming even as God the Father was and is.  This program of maturation of spirit children into Gods of the level of God the Father means that God’s children would have to leave his presence and experience a world of opposition in order to learn by experience and coming to know the difference between good and evil.

Thus the plan was set forth for the spirit children of God to leave their ‘first estate’ of being in the state of innocence of spirit, and to proceed into a second estate where they would learn by personal experience to contend in a world of opposites, thus coming to know the difference between good and evil.  And in this world of the second estate, they would be given their agency of freedom of choice whereby they might learn to choose good over evil in all things.

Now the Father could not reverse his own status of being the great exalted God that he was by stepping back into being his own spirit child in order than he might work first hand in the realms of the first and second estates for the benefit of his children.  But he could call, anoint, ordain and endow those of his spirit children with great power to act for the benefit of all of his children.

Since his children would have to pass into this world of experience and testing where evil would be found in opposition to good, a means of retrieving his children or redeeming his children from this ‘fallen’ mortal existence of experience, that they might return back into a state of pure righteousness and might become even as the Father, into a status of exalted Godhood themselves.

There where two prime positions which would have to be filled.  The first was that of a ‘redeeming kinsman’ to perform as a redeemer and savior of the children of God from their fallen state.  This person would be the advocate and mediator between the sons of God and God the Father, since they would no longer be in the same realm of existence, ‘Heaven’.  This ‘Redeemer’ would also be given the full power of God and would become the fallen world’s God figure by divine investiture on the Father into the Son.  Thus this person would have to be of the highest caliber as he would be elevated to the status of being God as he was God’s appointed representative to God the Father’s children throughout the second estate where evil would be which could not be in God the Father’s immediate presence due to its ‘fallen’ status.  No unclean thing may enter into God’s Heaven.

God the Father also needed to appoint another from among us to be he through whom the Father, who was in his Heaven, could communicate to us, who would be gaining our experience and proving in this ‘fallen’ realm which could not bear the immediate presence of the Father, as no unclean thing may enter into his presence without being destroyed.  That communicating messenger of power would be the known as the Holy Ghost.  We do not have an account of his selection and appoint, but we must presume that it was after the manner of the select of Jehovah as the Redeeming Son of God which we do have accounts of  (See Moses chapter four beginning in verse one and Abraham chapter 3 with the latter verses of that chapter to its end which delineate somewhat our pre-mortal existence and the selection of Jehovah as the Redeeming Son of God.

These two appointments and endowments would given unto Jehovah and the Holy Ghost, the very powers of God and would place them into what would be known as the Godhead.  God now had his two personal representatives to man.  The Son, Jehovah, would be the realm of the second estate’s God figure.  He would become the God of the Old Testament, ministering the will of the Father to his children in his behalf as Jehovah, the great God of the Old Testament.  And, when the time came, Jehovah would condescend to being born into the realm of the mortal second estate to perform the required act of atonement, taking upon himself the sins of this fallen world, that forgiveness might abound, and the fallen children of God the Father might have a way of returning back into God’s presence, having had their sins removed.

Thus Jehovah, who is also Jesus Christ the Son, is our immediate God which we deal with as our mediator and advocate with God the Father.  The Holy Ghost bearing witness to souls of God the Father and His son Jesus Christ, who is Jehovah.  There is much more that can be said regarding the roles and performances required of God the Son and God the Holy Ghost as well as of God the Father.  But this does suffice, to put into place the Godhead under which were are organized and by whom we are administered to.

Jehovah often speaks to us as God the Father’s personal representative by the divine calling and investiture of being God’s advocate and mediator through whom the Father works.  As such, having the ‘power of attorney’ of the Father, the Son, Jehovah often speak the words of the Father as though he is the Father.  The scriptures are full of such words of the Father, as delivered by the Son.  In these pronouncements from the Father, delivered by the Son, Jehovah will speak as though he were the Father, and he will therefore speak of himself in the second person and the Father in the first person, as he is speaking as the Father, often about himself as the Father’s son.

Realm of Spirit Innocence is able to exist in the presence of the Father because of their innocence and not knowing evil.  Yet they are not able to function as God because of this state of Innocence.

God the Father is our exalted Father who has attained exaltation and is full of righteousness and power, with an exalted body of flesh an bone.

When Jehovah was selected by God the Father, Jehovah was the greatest of God the Father’s spirit children.  But he was spirit, as we were.  He was selected from among us to act by the power of God as our redeemer.  And he was anointed by God the Father with the power of God.  Which placed him as God and a member of the Godhead first presidency.

Man in the state of this ‘fallen’ mortality, can not bear the presence of God and the power and glory thereof except that the Holy Ghost dwell upon him that he might so endure.  And it is Jehovah who can be a part of our estates of existence.  Thus he can act as God to us as God the Father’s appointed representative, where we cannot in this fallen state be administered by God the Father, who is not of this second estate realm.  Thus Jehovah who is the same as Jesus Christ, become our immediate administering God, acting for and in behalf of the Father.  Christ is part of this creation and in fact, by the power of God, he is the immediate creator of it, though he gives all glory to the Father who rules over him.

KJV John 1:18  “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

JSV John 1:19  “And no man hath seen God at any time, except he hath borne record of the Son; for except it is through him no man can be saved.”

In both the King James Bible and in Joseph Smith’s Inspired Bible, the concept that man must come through Christ to God the Father is given.  Until we accept Jesus Christ, who is Jehovah, as our Lord and Savior and God, and become ‘saved’ by his required port of passage, we may not enter back into the presence of the Father.  Christ is the way, providing the means unto salvation, and the Holy Ghost doth witness and sanctify us, thus certifying that we are cleansed through the ‘Baptism of Fire’, and are purified to enter back into God’s presence.

Thus God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost are unified in the purpose and design of bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man (Moses 1:39).  Each have their various functions and roles to perform, but they work in unison of purpose as a united team to perform this great work whereby we may be saved and become one with them, jointed together in righteousness and purpose.

Prior to Jehovah, the Son, taking upon a body of flesh and bone in mortality and then being resurrected with a glorified body of flesh and bone, Jehovah was a Spirit being as God of the Old Testament.  But not he has a body of glorified flesh and bone and has become like unto the Father.  Thus, of the three members of the Godhead, only the Holy Ghost remains to operate out of the Godhead being a Spirit being.  This is best stated in a modern revelation, which states:

D&C 130:22  “The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us.”

Christ Is Our Focal Point

God the Father has placed his Son, Jehovah, even Jesus Christ to be our God and our means by which we can return from this fallen estate, back into the realm of heaven.  Christ acts As the Father, For the Father, Representing the Father, in all things unto man.  Christ is that Mediator and Advocate, who stands between God the Father and all of Mankind.  No one enters in but by Christ, whom the Father hast placed at our Head.

Now concerning Jesus Christ, we are told that all the holy prophets have spoken concerning him, yet those of limited understanding state cynically, “Show us where, for we do not find it to be so.”  But those who have come to know Jesus Christ can’t help but see his name everywhere, in every book and by every prophet and author of the scriptures.  Not only is he the very God of the Old Testament, but it is he as the Messiah which all the scriptures so teach will come and save the world.

To this end is this writing undertaking, to produce and explain the vast list of names, titles, and descriptive phrases which reference God the Father, Jesus Christ his Son, and even the Holy Ghost throughout the scriptures. The list is long and all may not agree in every detail with the meanings, descriptions and names given.  But still the list is produced.  View it objectively and consider, you may find in this listing a new perspective, appreciation and understanding of the man named Jesus, God our Eternal Father, and the Holy Ghost which bears witness of them.

Deity of Jesus Christ

One of the primary keys to finding and discerning the names of God, especially Jesus Christ, in the scriptures is to come to an understanding of the nature of the Deity and particularly the ‘Deity of Jesus Christ’.  This understanding goes beyond knowing that Jesus Christ is a member of the Godhead.  It entails understanding Christ’s relationship to the other two members of the Godhead and the positions and roles each have to perform in respect to each other.  It includes understanding that Jesus Christ is the same person as Jehovah, the God of the Old Testament.  And while Jehovah is the God of the Old Testament, Jesus Christ is not the same person as God the Father or the Holy Ghost as is common in the belief labeled as the ‘Holy Trinity’.

God the Father has already passed beyond the Plan of Salvation and is presently an Exalted Celestial Being of Flesh and Bone.  It is through God the Father’s eternal progression and eternal increase that the spirit children of God the Father are brought into existence.  All the spirits of God the Father dwell in a pre-mortal realm often called the pre-existence.  A spirit is composed of matter material, which is more refined than that of the mortal body.  Yet it is composed of elements just as any item of substance is. 

God’s Plan of Progression refers to this pre-mortal existence as the First Estate.  It may be thought of in human terms as the home in which children are raised.  But in order to progress beyond this ‘spirit’ first estate, one must leave their primeval realm and venture into the second estate, which is mortality.  It is in this mortality that certain critical matters and functions are performed required in order for God’s children to maturate toward their highest potentials.  For some this means becoming even as God the Father is, an eternal exalted being of flesh and bone with powers and authority over all which allows for him to increase and progress eternally.  This highly esteemed state of God the Father allows him to have eternal offspring, who we are.  And a primary continuing purpose of God, his work and glory is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.

Before the foundation of the world, God the Father organized his spirit children in order that they might be able to pass through their second estate.  Among all the spirit children were many noble and great ones, the greatest of all was the first born son of God the Father in the spirit.  This was Jehovah.  Other included Lucifer.  And still others included the spirit being who was called and selected to become the Holy Ghost.   Adam was there under the name of Michael, Noah was there under the name of Gabriel and so on through all who have ever come or ever will come to the earth as mankind.

During God the Father’s organization in the preexistence, many high positions were called, selected and filled to be carried out during the second estate.  Jeremiah and all of the prophets where so foreordained, called and anointed. But the two grandest positions of all were the two spirit members who would be called to sit with God the Father in the positions of the Godhead.  The calling of God’s own spirit messenger to mankind, the third member of the Godhead was one of these.  That was the Holy Ghost who we do not know by name as it suits the purpose of God that we do not for he is God’s personal messenger, always representing God the Father and is not to be confused or recognized apart from being such.

The second member of the Godhead was to be the redeeming kinsman of Son of God.  God the Father had already passed well beyond the childhood developmental estates and was not of the order by which he could or would reenter those estates to perform as the ‘redeeming kinsman’ for mankind.  This position had to be taken upon by one of God’s spirit children, one of if not the very best of God’s spirit children, in order that the position might be fulfilled successfully.

 Jehovah, the Son, was chosen and made this second ‘redeeming’ member of the Godhead. And He was given the full power and authority of God the Father, as was also the Holy Ghost, that they might fulfill their positions of calling.  And by this ‘divine investiture’, Jehovah becomes the mediator, representing to men God and in turn speaking to God the Father in our behalf.  As this divinely appointed and elevated being, Jehovah can be and is often called by and referred to by many of the same names which also apply to God the Father, for Jehovah is God’s personal representative to us as though he were God the Father.  Thus in our study of the various name which apply to Jehovah the Son, there will be found many that will also apply and in some views more readily apply and seem to indicate God the Father, though it is Jehovah to whom they are referring.

Further is the mistaken concept that the God of the Old Testament is God the Father, the first and highest member of the Godhead.  It is a misconception that Jesus Chirst is separate from and not the same as the God of the Old Testament.  In fact, the God of the Old Testament, who is Jehovah, is the same being as Jesus Christ.  Not that the trinity of the Godhead is one single being, but that God the Father endowed Jehovah with his power and a position within the Godhead First Presidency, which placed Jehovah as the creator and the God of the Old Testament acting by the power of God and through the divine investiture bestowed upon him by God the Father in the preexistence.

                                   

Scope the of Names and Descriptive Titles of God/Jesus Christ

      There are numerous names and descriptive titles of position, which refer to Jesus Christ, whether as Jehovah of the Old Testament, as the divine invested, power of attorney, advocated of the Father, as Jesus Christ the only begotten Son of the Father in mortality, or as the Lord of the Second Coming.  Many of these are very significant. They reveal certain qualities of Christ and his mission and calling and they tend to reveal various and particular attributes.  As these are studied it is extremely enlightening to determine what each of these tell about the Person of Jesus. Further as joint member of the greater Godhead which includes God our Heavenly Father Who Art in Heaven and the Holy Ghost, since Jesus hold position of the fulness of the Godhead as the one and only true way provided by God (Colossians 2:9), many of the names of God are further 'shared' and applicable to Jesus and or even to Our Father in Heaven and even the Holy Spirit. 

As so many names and descriptive titles are covered that some may be repetitive as they seem to mean practically the same thing, it seems appropriate to give some explanation.  Some of these names are the same name but given in its various forms such as Greek, Hebrew, English and so on.  Still others may be somewhat controversial, as all who read this text might not be of the same opinion as its author.   Yet all in all a great increase in coming to understand and appreciate the Christ will be obtained by such a study of the names and titles of Jesus the Christ which cannot be obtained any other way.

Further, there are distinctions which may not always be easily determined which should be indicated.  Our common King James Version of the Bible, which is the basis of the Bible used in our LDS set of scriptures, has for the most part been ‘translated’ from its Greek, Hebrew or other language texts into English.  Basically, translation consists of taking the words or word phrases of such other language and finding as near as possible words and phrases in the language being translated to which fit the original intended concept and meaning.  Thus the finished translation is in the new language, which in the case of the Kings James Bible is the King’s English.

But there are occasions when such proper names and various words of one language are not translated into words of the new language.  But rather, a very specific type of ‘translation’ occurs which is referred to as ‘transliteration’.  In such a case where there is no such English word or where it seems proper to leave the word (or word phrase) in the original, the word is but ‘transliterated’ into a new form of the word which alters the spelling of the original word but in a manner which attempts to preserve the ‘foreign’ word’s pronunciation in its original language.  Transliteration is to represent or spell in the characters of another alphabet.  It would be such a translation attempt of preserving another language’s pronunciation or word in the alphabet letters of another language, such as writing a Greek word with the English 26 letter alphabet rather than in the alphabet of the ancient Greek language.

A few examples of this are the names of Jesus, Abba, and Jehovah.  Jehovah is an attempted transliteration of the Holy name of God used in the Old Testament.  Of course the Hebrew language uses it own letters, which is not the same as the English alphabet to begin with.   And then the Hebrew has no ‘vowel’ letters and such written sounds, only ‘consonants’.   This in itself leads to various Hebrew pronunciations of the same Hebrew word.  And since the Hebrew word for Jehovah has not commonly been spoken by the Hebrew people, out of respect for deity, such surviving pronunciations themselves are questionable and variable.  Without any directly equivalent alphabet letters, the Hebrew Jehovah has been transliterated into the English alphabet as YHWH or HWHY without the vowel sounds added.  With the vowel sounds added, the name becomes Y@hovah, and is phonetically spelled yeh-ho-vaw’.  Which name in the Kings English of 1611 was ‘transliterated’ as Jehovah.

Jesus is a much more complex translation and transliteration.  In its current King James Bible form as Jesus, it is a transliteration from the Greek as a Greek word preserved by such transliteration in the King James Bible.  The Greek word today, as transliterated into the English Alphabet is ‘Iesous’.  The scholars of the King James Version did the same but made it ‘Jesus’. And its ‘Greek’ pronunciation is ee-ay-sooce’.  But that is only the beginning of the story.  It would seem that ‘Iesous’ is the Greek pronunciation and spelling of the Hebrew word, which in English form is Jehoshua.  Thus it is not of Greek origin but a Greek form of a Hebrew word just as Jesus is an English form of the Greek word.  The word transliterates in Hebrew as Y@howshuwa’ and is pronounced yeh-ho-shoo’-ah which comes quite close to ee-ay-sooce’, the Greek pronunciation.  Jehoshua is the more formalized form of the more readily recognized name of Joshua.  With such complicated history of translation and transliteration, it not always easy to assess where transliteration begins and translation ends from language to language.  Therefore both translation and transliteration may be used to mean about the same thing and transliteration is considered to be but a ‘specialized form of translation.

Now Abba, is not so complicated it would seem. But still it originates not in Hebrew but is of Aramaic origin.  In the New Testament transliteration it is made ‘Abba’ with the pronunciation of ab-bah’.  Yet the same Aramaic word of origin in the Hebrew Old Testament is transliterated as ‘ab and is there phonetically spelled awb.  And of passing interest, it is the first part of the name of Abraham who is the ‘father’ of a multitude.

Thus the same name may appear in the Old Testament and the New Testament and due to its Hebrew or Greek form be not be so recognized as being the same word.

Due to these various ‘name’ variations, there may appear to be some duplication within this listing of names.  For example the name Jesus will appear as Jesus, Joshua, Jehoshua, Iesous, Jeshua and perhaps in some other forms though they are for the most part but one and the same name.  Obviously not all language variations of the same name are possible to be listed.  Doing so would be an endless task.  But some level of such ‘duplication’ seems appropriate as it gives such added meaning and clarification, such as that Jesus’ name is ‘Jehovah is Salvation’, which helps to establish Jesus as being the same as Jehovah of the Old Testament most clearly.

And then there are names, which seem not to appear in the King James Bible at all, but are common in use and should be considered in any analysis of the names of Jesus.  Translated primarily as ‘God’ or ‘GOD’ in the Old Testament is such a Hebrew name, which we use today.  Elohim or ‘elohiym, as today transliterated from the Hebrew, is pronounced as el-o-heem’.  Without such coverage, one could never clarify that Elohim is a title for God, which does often reference Jehovah or Jesus, the God of the Old Testament.  But just as YHWH can be applied to the Father and/or the Son in the Old Testament, so also can the Hebrew Elohim be found referencing the Father and/or the Son.  In latter day usage, we refer to the Father by the most formalized form of the name Elohim.  And we refer to the Son by the most formalized form of the name Jehovah.  But scripturally, as compiled by the Jewish record keepers, this is not so cleanly delineated and both titles/names are used in reference to either and or both God the Father and God the Son.  Thus such coverage and appropriate explanations are deemed to be necessary in discussing the titles and names of Jesus Christ as covering Elohim, though it is not to be found in our English translation.

Whether By Mine Own Voice

or By the

Voice of My Servants,

It Is the Same

The Servant of God the Father is the Son of God.  The servants of Jehovah, the Son, are His faithful followers who do the Lord’s work.  The account of the creation is given from two various perspectives.  Abraham states that the ‘gods’ did perform the creation.  Moses states the ‘I God’ created it.  Who is correct or what is the explanation? 

Of course both are correct.  A business executive gives a report of what he has accomplished over a period of time.  He states that he was able to accomplish this and perform that.  Yet he works with a staff which function under his direction.  Did the staff stand idle and the executive accomplish all on his own?  Certainly not!  The accomplishments were a joint effort over seen by the executive and by the process of proper delegation, the accomplishments where achieved.

So it is in heaven.  God the Father selected and appoint Jehovah to be the governing power unto salvation.  Jehovah was the firstborn in the spirit of God the Father’s spirit children.  And the Father bestowed upon Jehovah the right and power to govern and put into effect the plan of salvation, which included the creation.  And Jehovah under His Father did perform that creation, as stated by Jehovah in particular mention to this earth as stated in the following verse:

Abraham3:24  “And there stood one among them that was like unto God, and he said unto those who were with him: We will go down, for there is space there, and we will take of these materials, and we will make an earth whereon these may dwell;”

The obvious ‘we’ reveals that Jehovah did not perform alone his creative acts.  He had as it were a ‘staff’ identified as ‘we’.  And as also implied by the verse, it was Jehovah who was in charge of that ‘staff’.  And of course, Jehovah did work in concert with the Father, effect such acts of creation as a part of his ‘prime assignment’, the plan of salvation, which is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man (Moses 1:39).

Thus it is in the operations of carrying out the Plan of Salvation.  Who will gather Israel?  I could state that Christ will gather Israel, and I would be correct.  I could state that the individual working missionaries, the servants of the Lord, are gathering Israel.  And the characteristics of those who participate in the gathering could be described in some of the same terms for they work by the same power, the power of God.

One missionary states, he converts no one, yet his baptismal record shows many converts to the church.  That missionary gives credit for the conversion to the influence of the Spirit of God.  That same missionary at another time and in somewhat different context is asked how many covert baptism did he have during his mission, and he state simply that he had over 100 baptisms.

This ‘delegation’ order of the priesthood and the accomplishments of it is commonly paralleled in the activities of our world as exemplified by the story of the business executive.  So who has performed the creation?  Is Christ the Lord of creation as stipulated by John and other apostles and prophets?  Yes he is.  Did others participate in that creation?  Yes they did.

Now when it comes to the names, titles and the phrases of accomplishment attributed to God, we also have such an overlap.  Can certain names, titles and phrases of accomplishment be referred to God the Father, His Servant, God the Son, and to the servants of the Son, who we are?  Yes they can.  We follow after him, his bidding to perform according to his command and direction.  In this since, even we become ‘saviors’ as stated in the Doctrine and Covenants.

D&C 103:9-10  “For they were set to be a light unto the world, and to be the saviors of men; And inasmuch as they are not the saviors of men, they are as salt that has lost its savor, and is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men.”

This ‘shared’ worked, under the properly appointed and anointed one, Jehovah, Jesus Christ’ means that as we follow the Lord, keep his commandments and do his bidding, then we take upon ourselves ‘his name(s)’.  As we work with Him to bring to past the immortality and eternal life of man in our variously assigned positions, we are working with and as one with God.  And the names and titles and descriptive phrases of performances become somewhat ‘slurred’ and can be just as well applied to the one as to the other.  We become the ‘saviors of men’ taking upon us a title and name of Christ.  We become the sons of God, taking upon us a title and name of Christ.  And what can be applied to Christ can be applied to us as well. Not that we come to replace our God and our Father in Heaven but that as Jesus so prayed we become one in that same work and glory of bring to pass the immortaility and eternal life of man, that in that we have become one with and in them as they are also one and intwined in that same purpose, 'that we might become one even as they are one' as Jesus so prayed unto the Father that we may so become. (See Intercessory Prayer John 17; John 17:21-22)

Thus in identifying the names, titles and descriptive phrases of performance, which belong to Christ, we have overlapping references.  There are names, titles and phrases, which can be attribute to the Father as well as to the Son.  There are names, titles and phrases, which can be applied to the Son as well as to the servants of the Son as they perform under his direction.  And in this since the names, titles and such phrases ‘whether it be by God’s or Christ’s own voice of performance or by the voice of performance of their servants, it is the same.

Thus one will likely find such names, titles and phrases being attributed to one when they might well consider that they should be applied to the other.  But in truth, they are such that they are well applied to either, or, or both.  And it is but the same whether by God or by his servants, Christ being the servant of God the Father and also of all mankind, and we as follower of Christ are but his servants as well.

Therefore, there will be names, titles and phrases which one might ask, does not this or can not this be applied to the apostles and prophets, and the answer will be yes.  But then also, they may also be applied to Christ and perhaps even God, as all the glory of the work proceeds back to the Father through the Son.  And no one, like Lucifer proposed, take such honor unto himself alone.  And though Christ may state, I AM and I did, he also has stated that all the honor and the glory be unto the Father, under whose direction he works.  And the Father bestows honor and glory back upon the head of his Son, as is the same with our Lord and us.