God's Titles and Names God's name is synonymous with
His Person    His Presence    His Power
and is therefore held in the highest honour

His names reflect the great and varied aspects of God's being and character. They are particularly used by the Psalmist to speak of God as a source of strength, security, blessing and hope.

  • When Moses asks God for His name (Ge 3:14)
  •      God replies 'I AM who I AM' Tell them that I AM sent you

  • Jesus claims this title, the great 'I AM' for Himself on many occasions.

  • Here are some Scriptural references where Jesus makes the great 'I AM' claims from the Gospel of John:
         Jn 8:58    After Jesus claimed to have seen Abraham He said 'I tell you the truth,' Jesus answered, 'Before Abraham was born, I AM'
         Jn 6:35    Jesus claimed 'I AM the bread of life,'
         Jn 8:12    Jesus claimed 'I AM the light of the world,'
         Jn 10:7    Jesus claimed 'I AM the gate for the sheep,'
            (Some translations render this as 'door' rather than 'gate')
         Jn 10:11   Jesus claimed 'I AM the good shepherd,'
            See Ps 23 'The Lord is my shepherd'
         Jn 11:25   Jesus claimed 'I AM the resurrection and the life,'
         Jn 15:1    Jesus claimed 'I AM the true vine,'

    'ELOHIM' (or 'Elohay') is the first name for God found in the Bible, and it's used throughout the Old Testament over 2,300 times. 'Elohim' comes from the Hebrew root meaning "strength" or "power", and has the very significant characteristic of being plural in form.
    In Genesis 1:1, we read, "In the beginning 'Elohim' created the heaven and the earth."
    Right from the start, this plural form for the name of God is used to describe the One God, a mystery that is uncovered throughout the rest of the Bible. Throughout scripture, 'Elohim' is combined with other words to describe certain characteristics of God. Some examples are:

  • God of the Beginning (Dt 33:27)     Hebrew 'Elohay Kedem'
  • God Of Justice (Is 30:18)     Hebrew 'Elohay Mishpat'
  • God of Forgiveness (Ne 9:17)     Hebrew 'Elohay Selichot'
  • God of Heights (Mi 6:6)     Hebrew 'Elohay Marom'
  • God Who Is Near (Je 23:23)     Hebrew 'Elohay Mikarov'
  • God of My Strength (Ps 43:2)     Hebrew 'Elohay Mauzi'
  • God of My Praise (Ps 109:1)     Hebrew 'Elohay Tehilati'
  • God of My Salvation (Ps 18:47)     Hebrew 'Elohay Yishi'
  • Holy God (Le 19:2)     Hebrew 'Elohay Kedoshim'
  • Living God (Je 10:10)     Hebrew 'Elohay Chaiyim'
  • God of Gods (Dt 10:17)     Hebrew 'Elohay Elohim'
  • 'EL' is another name used for God in the Bible, showing up about 200 times in the Old Testament. 'El' is the simple form arising from 'Elohim', and is often combined with other words for descriptive emphasis. Some examples are:

  • The Faithful God: (Deuteronomy 7:9)     Hebrew 'El HaNe'eman'
  • The Great God: (Deuteronomy 10:17)     Hebrew 'El HaGadol'
  • The Holy God: (Isaiah 5:16)     Hebrew 'El HaKadosh'
  • The God Of Israel: (Psalm 68:35)     Hebrew 'El Yisrael'
  • The God Of The Heavens: (Psalm 136:26)     Hebrew 'El HaShamayim'
  • The God Of Knowledge: (1 Samuel 2:3)     Hebrew 'El De'ot'
  • The God Of Truth: (Psalm 31:6)     Hebrew 'El Emet'
  • The God Of My Salvation: (Isaiah 12:2)     Hebrew 'El Yeshuati'
  • The Most High God: (Genesis 14:18)     Hebrew 'El Elyon'
  • God Is With Us: (Isaiah 7:14)     Hebrew 'Immanu El'
  • The God Of Eternity (Genesis 21:33)     Hebrew 'El Olam'
  • The One God: (Malachi 2:10)     Hebrew 'El Echad'
  • God of Jerusalem: (Ezra 7:19)     Hebrew 'Elah Yerush'lem'
  • God of Israel: (Ezra 5:1)     Hebrew 'Elah Yisrael'
  • God of Heaven: (Ezra 7:23)     Hebrew 'Elah Sh'maya '
  • God of Heaven and Earth: (Ezra 5:11)     Hebrew 'Elah Sh'maya V'Arah'
  • 'YHVH' is the Hebrew word that translates as 'LORD'. Found more often in the Old Testament than any other name for God (approximately 7,000 times), the title is also referred to as the "Tetragrammaton," meaning the "The Four Letters". 'YHVH' comes from the Hebrew verb "to be" and is the special name that God revealed to Moses at the burning bush. "And God said to Moses, 'I AM WHO I AM; and He said, thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, I AM has sent me to you... this is My eternal name, and this is how I am to be recalled for all generations'" (Exodus 3:14-15). Therefore, 'YHVH' declares God's absolute being - the source of everything, without beginning and without end. Although some pronounce 'YHVH' as "Jehovah" or "Yaweh," scholars really don't know the proper pronunciation. The Jews stopped pronouncing this name by about 200 A.D., out of fear of breaking the commandment "You shall not take the name of 'YHVH' your God in vain" (Exodus 20:7). (Today's rabbis typically use "Adonai" in place of 'YHVH'.) Here are some examples of 'YHVH' used in scripture:

  • The LORD Who Makes Holy: (Ezekiel 37:28)     Hebrew 'YHVH M'kadesh'
  • The LORD Who Sees/provides: (Genesis 22:14).     Hebrew 'YHVH Yireh'
  • The LORD My Banner: (Exodus 17:15)     Hebrew 'YHVH Nissi'
  • The LORD Of Peace: (Judges 6:24)     Hebrew 'YHVH Shalom'
  • The LORD Our Righteousness: (Jeremiah 33:16)     Hebrew 'YHVH Tzidkaynu'
  • The LORD our Maker: (Psalm 95:6)     Hebrew 'YHVH O'saynu'
  • LORD God: (Genesis 2:4)     Hebrew 'YHVH Elohim'
  • God Almighty (Ge 17:1)     Hebrew 'El-Shaddai'
  •      This was the special name by which God revealed Himself to the patriarchs.
         This is the favourite divine title used in the book of Job
  • God Most High (Ge 14:18-20)     Hebrew 'El-Elyon'
  •      Denotes the supremacy and sovereignty of God.
         Jesus Christ is denoted as the Son of the Most High (Mk 5:7)
  • The Eternal One (Ge 21:33)     Hebrew 'El-Olam'
  •      This title only occurs in this verse.
         See also Dt 33:27 and Ro 14:62 in comparison.
  • God is referred to as 'The Name'
  •      Scriptural references include:
         Lv 24:10-16   2Sa 6:2   1Ch 13:6   Ac 5:41   3Jn :7
  • God's person is revealed in His Name
  •      Scriptural references include:
         Ge 14:18-20, 17:1, 21:33, 32:29-30   Ex 3:13-15, 6:3, 33:19, 34:5-7   Je 17:11-13
  • God's Name is synonymous with 'His presence'
  •      Scriptural references include:
         Nu 6:22-27   Dt 12:5-7   1Ki 8:15-21   2Ch 6:4-11   Ne 1:9   Ps 20:1, 54:1, 74:7, 75:1   Is 30:27   Jn 17:11-12
  • God's power is evident when He is referred to as 'the Mighty One'
  •      Scriptural references include:
         Jo 22:22   Ps 50:1, 132:2, 5   Is 1:24, 49:26   Mk 14:62   Lk 1:49
  • God is frequently referred to as 'The Living One'
  •      Scriptural references include:
       Dt 5:26   Jo 3:10   1Sa 17:26   2Ki 19:16   Ps 42:2   Is 37:17     Je 10:10   Da 5:26, 6:26-27   Mt 16:16   Ac 14:15   He 10:31
  • Jesus Christ, as God, is also frequently referred to as 'The Living One'
  •      Scriptural references include:
       Jn 5:26, 11:25   Rv 1:18   
  • Jesus, as the long sought after Christ (or Messiah), is given the title 'Immanuel' meaning 'God with us'
  •      Scriptural references include:
       Is 7:14, 8:8   Mt 1:23   
  • The scriptures frequently refer to Jesus Christ as 'Lord' a title only ever used in reference to 'Jehovah God'
  •      Scriptural references include:
       Mt 7:21   Lk 6:46   Jn 6:68   Ac 2:25   Ro 10:13   1Co 3:5   Cl 3:23   1Th 4:16-17   2Pe 1:11

  • Nomenclature of 'Scriptural references:'
  • Old Testament New Testament
    JdJudges1Co1st Corinthians
    RuRuth2Co2nd Corinthians
    1Sa1st SamuelGaGalatians
    2Sa2nd SamuelEpEphesians
    1Ki1st KingsPpPhilipians
    2Ki2nd KingsClColosisans
    1Ch1st Chronicles1Th1st Thessalonians
    2Ch2nd Chronicles2Th2nd Thessalonians
    EzEzra1Ti1st Timothy
    NeNehemiah2Ti2nd Timothy
    EcEcclesiastes1Pe1st Peter
    SsSong of Songs (Solomon)2Pe2nd Peter
    IsIsaiah1Jn1st John
    JeJeremiah2Jn2nd John
    LaLamentations3Jn3rd John

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