The Names of God

Depending on the translation of the bible you are reading, we often do not see the original name of God being used in the scriptures. God has many different names in the Old Testament, and each one shows us a different facet of who God is. It is important to understand the names of God to truly understand the character of God.

  • Abba - Father

  • Adonai - Lord or Master

  • El Elyon - The Most High God

  • El Kanna - The Jealous God

  • El Olam - The Everlasting or Eternal God

  • El Roi - The God Who Sees

  • El Shaddai - God Almighty

  • Elohim - Creator God

  • Elohim Chayim - The Living God

  • Jehovah - The Lord or Eternal One

  • Jehovah Elyon - The Lord Most High

  • Jehovah Ezri - The Lord my Helper

  • Jehovah Go'el - The Lord our Redeemer

  • Jehovah Hashapet - The Lord the Judge

  • Jehovah Hosenu - The Lord our Maker

  • Jehovah Hoshiak - The Lord Saves

  • Jehovah Jireh - The Lord will Provide

  • Jehovah Keren-Yish'i - The Lord the Horn of my Salvation

  • Jehovah Machsi - The Lord my Refuge

  • Jehovah Nissi - The Lord our Banner

  • Jehovah Ro'i - The Lord our Shepherd

  • Jehovah - Shalom - The Lord is Peace

  • Yahweh - God - I Am Who I Am

“To know God’s names is to experience His nature, and that level of intimacy is reserved for those who humbly depend on Him. God will not share His glory with another. We must humble ourselves if we really want to know Him. We must realize our insignificance before we can recognize the significance that comes only through Him. We are to hallow His name and His name alone. You can’t know His names until you forget your own.”

~Tony Evans, The Power of God's Names~

Just as God has many names in the Old Testament, the names of Jesus also reveal different aspects of who he is.

  • Alpha and Omega - The first and the Last

  • Emmanuel - God with Us

  • Jesus - Savior

  • Messiah or Christ - Anointed One

  • Redeemer - The references Jesus as the one who come to pay the price for our sins and redeem us from sin and death.

  • Savior - The One who Saves

  • Son of God - Establishes the relationship of Jesus to God

  • Son of Man - A reference to the prophetic visions in the book of Daniel and emphasizes Jesus humanity.

  • Son of David - A reference to Jesus lineage to King David and fulfillment as the promised Messiah to come from the House of David.

  • The Bread of Life - A metaphor for Jesus as the one who sustains and satisfies.

  • The Good Shepherd - Jesus shepherds His flock (believers) by protecting, caring for and guiding them.

  • The King of Kings - The Ultimate Authority

  • The Light of the World - The one who opens our eyes and lights our way out of the darkness of sin.

  • The Lamb of God - The identifies Jesus as the one who came to take away the sin of the world.

  • The Life - Jesus is the only source of eternal life.

  • The Truth - Jesus is the embodiment of truth.

  • The Way - Jesus is the only way to the Father and eternal life.