No matter who is in our lives, or for how long… no matter how multifaceted and seemingly perfect they may appear… no person can supply all of our needs. No person can be everything we need.
Only God can.
This is why there are so many names of God. Because He is multifaceted, supplying ALL our needs and EVERYTHING we could ever want!
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”—Philippians 4:19
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”—Ephesians 3:20-21
Who is God?
Who is God? That is a question that cannot be answered fully in a single article, or even in a lifetime of study. Yet, merely by exploring the Word; by examining a FEW of the infinite names of God—most of which are still being revealed to us—we can learn so much about the power and wonder of God.
So, who is God?
Who is He?
Well, at the heart of all the names of God is one thing. Love. The Word itself states simply that, “God is love” (see 1 John 4:8). God is so complex, and yet, love is at the heart of everything which flows from Him…
We were created out of His love. Spared out of His love. Redeemed out of His love. He became our Father out of His love. He gave His Son out of His love. He placed the Holy Spirit within us as a guide… out of His love.
He IS love.
Yet, how do the names of God show this? What facets come out of that infinite, indescribable love?
Here are a FEW names/facets of God:
- Abba (meaning not simply Father, but more-like, “Daddy”; it is a beautiful, sensitive name for our “Dad”)
- Father (akin to “Abba,” Father is just as personal, yet perhaps, less childlike in tone; perfect for when we need detailed answers or help from our “Dad”)
- I AM (the simple stating of existence; He has and shall always be; He IS, I AM)
- Messiah (Savior; the one who saves; Jesus/Yeshua)
- Judge (one who makes things right in the Courts of Heaven; who judges right from wrong through legal means)
- Friend (Abraham was a friend of God, and God therefore was a friend of Abraham; He gives the counsel of a friend, the companionship and loyalty)
- Creator (every good and perfect gift is from above; God created ALL that is good; He created US in HIS image)
- Adonai (meaning Lord or Master; our great Lord; He leads us and guides us with wisdom, honor, and majesty; He is Lord of ALL)
- Elohim (meaning God; for He is God and there is no other; He is Lord and God of ALL)
- Prince of Peace (One who brings peace; is Lord of peace; walks in peace, and gives it)
- Jehovah Shalom (similar to Prince of Peace; Jehovah Shalom means “the Lord IS peace”)
- Almighty (Ruler of all, who was and is to come, and reigns over everything; He is strong and mighty; all powerful)
- Immanuel (God with us; He is present with everyone, at all times; He is everywhere; He walks and lives with/in us)
- Jehovah Jireh (meaning “God will provide”; God provides for all needs; He is OUR provider)
- Jehovah Rapha (meaning “the Lord that heals”; God heals all our sicknesses and diseases; He is OUR healer)
- Jehovah-Raah (meaning “the Lord my Shepherd”; God is our Shepherd, who leads, guides, and protects us)
- Jehovah Tsidkenu (meaning “the Lord our Righteousness”; God is righteous and it is only through Him we can become righteous)
On and on the names and facets of God can go—from those already known to us… to those still unknown to us—and each is beautiful. Each has special purpose… and while God can be all things at all times, there are times when we—living in mere flesh and blood vessels—require each on an individual basis.
We understand that God is our ALL in all things. Yet, how special is it to go to God simply as “Abba”—our Daddy. Or to go to Him as Jehovah Rapha—our Healer—when we are sick in body and/or spirit. Out of His infinite love, God meets us where we are. He says, “Okay, I know you need your Daddy, and I’m here as that.” Or maybe He says, “I have seen the injustice you have faced. Come to Me as Judge in the Courts of Heaven so we can reason the matter out.”
He is willing to meet us where we are, as One who will be what we need… but we have to be open. We have to remember that which Jesus said completes all the commandments. Love. The simple, short word that is at the heart of all God is, and therefore, is at the heart of all we need.
Learning Who God is:
Even the longest of lifetimes—those found in the earliest pages of the Old Testament—could never be enough to understand everything God is. He is too complex and it will literally take all of eternity in Heaven to learn who He is. Yet, He has made a way for us to know Him.
He has shown us over and over again His love. Has given love as the greatest of His commandments—the one which fulfills all the commandments and law. And through that love, our hearts become open.
We begin to unpack who God is. We can begin to unpack His names and facets.
In each season spent with and in God, we encounter the multiple names of God. We see Him through many filters, but still, one… that of love. Yet, in each season we may find ourselves gravitating toward one aspect of God more than another.
Some seasons we may require a Friend—a confidant, a companion, someone who can make us laugh and give us advice through good and bad times. In other seasons we may require a Father—someone to guide and direct us with love, compassion, and a Father’s pride. Or, we may even require to know Him as Beloved—our Bridegroom who paid the ultimate price so that we might be redeemed to Him; our kinsman redeemer and lover, with whom we have a unique, intimate, covenant relationship.
Each of these is important, and by unpacking them one by one—likely visiting each multiple times throughout our lives—we can come to know God. Yes, not completely… but intimately.
No person who has, is, or will ever live, can measure up to even the few names and facets we have explored. None could ever heal like our God, redeem like our God, or LOVE like OUR GOD.
Therefore, let us dive into the Word of God. Let us visit Jesus in the room of atonement and be redeemed by the Blood. Let us go into the Courts of Heaven and seek justice for ourselves, our families, and nations by the Blood of Jesus and the justice of God as Judge.
“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”—Lamentations 3:22-23
Through prayer. Through spending time listening to the Holy Spirit. Through going into the Courts of Heaven. Through worship. Through fellowship with Believers. Through time spent meditating on the Word. Through listening to teachings, prophecies, and lessons…
Through all these we can come to know that God fills every void. He makes all things new. He IS everything that we need.
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.”—John 15:4