Names of God: Huios

 

Homeschool Co-op has begun again… ūüôā

My girls love co-op. And well so do I. With the beginning of co-op also comes chapel. This year in chapel I have chosen to continue the Names of God series.

 

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For His name alone is exalted;
His glory is above earth and heaven.

Psalm 148:13

 

It is the names of God that represent His identity. He has given us His names that we might know Him. This year in chapel our focus will be on the names of Christ.

 

And there is salvation in no one else;

for there is no other name under heaven

that has been given among men by which we must be saved.

Acts 4:12

 

Knowing who Jesus is and who we profess Him to be His crucial…

 

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi,

He was asking His disciples,¬†‚ÄúWho do people say that¬†the Son of Man is?‚Ä̬†

And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah;

but still others,¬†Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.‚Ä̬†

He said to them,¬†‚ÄúBut who do you say that I am?‚Ä̬†

Simon Peter answered, ‚ÄúYou are¬†the Christ,¬†the Son of¬†the living God.‚Ä̬†

And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona,

because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you,

but My Father who is in heaven. 

I also say to you that you are Peter,

and upon this rock I will build My church;

and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.

Matthew 16:13-18

 

So our focus this season will be to get to know our Savior a little more and a little deeper.

The name of Christ that we will look at first is Huios… this name is Greek for Son.

Knowing and believing that Jesus is indeed the Huios of God is huge. As we read in Matthew 16 we see that knowing this and believing this and confessing this only comes through the revelation of God Himself. You just don’t “come up” with this truth. Not only that, it is upon this truth that the Church of God stands and not even the gates of hell will prevail against this very confession.

Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.

Here’s the kicker.

Jesus did not become the Son when He was conceived in Mary’s womb.

And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,

and you shall name Him Jesus

Luke 1:31

The word conceive in Luke 1:31 is sullambano¬†and it comes from the word lambano¬†and it means to take up a thing to be carried, to take upon one’s self, to take possession of, to¬†receive¬†what is offered, to¬†receive¬†a person, to give him access to one’s self.

In Galatians 4:4 we read

 But when the fullness of the time came,

God sent forth His Son, 

born of a woman, born under the Law,  

You see the Son was sent…

Jesus did not become the Son of God in Mary’s womb, He always was the Son of God and Mary simply received Him and carried Him. He left the glory of heaven and became the prisoner of Mary’s womb in order to become the prisoner of this flesh of ours in order to set not just Himself free but all who would believe and receive Him unto themselves… this Christ, this Huios of the Living God.

  By this the love of God was manifested in us,

that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world

so that we might live through Him. 

In this is love, not that we loved God,

but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

1 John 4:9-10

I shared in Chapel about how when I read in the Old Testament all the focus on the firstborn son I always wondered what the big deal was. Why such focus on this firstborn son? I mean over and over it again the scriptures would talk about how the life and strength and dignity and power of a man was in His firstborn son… and then it hit me… it should have done so long ago… but I think God gets parental joy by giving us gifts of His revealed truth in spurts just so He can see us smile at His greatness and the simple fact that in His awesomeness He still has such amazing love for us…

You see everything has always pointed to Christ, to the Son.

God wants us to see that His power, His life, His strength, His dignity, His might, His authority is in His Son. It always was and it always will be…

¬† ¬†For¬†by Him all things were created,¬†both¬†in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether¬†thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities‚ÄĒall things have been created through Him and for Him.¬†He¬†is before all things, and in Him all things¬†hold together.¬†He is also¬†head of¬†the body, the church; and He is¬†the beginning,¬†the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.¬†For it was¬†the¬†Father‚Äôs¬†good pleasure for all¬†the¬†fullness to dwell in Him,¬†and through Him to¬†reconcile all things to Himself, having made¬†peace through¬†the blood of His cross; through Him,¬†I say,¬†whether things on earth or things in¬†heaven.¬†

Colossians 1:16-20

 

 

So precious one… the question is who do you say that He is?

 

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3 thoughts on “Names of God: Huios”

  1. The authority and glory of the Son can also be seen in Jesus’ preferred name for himself “son of man.” He uses this phrase in Mt. 16:13 when he asks the disciples who others say the son of man is. While many think of Jesus’ humanity as the focus of “son of man,” actually his authority and glory are front and center.

    This is most clear in Mt. 26:63-64, where after the high priest asks Jesus is he is the Christ, the son of God, Jesus responds that “you have said so” (or, “you could say that”), but “in the future you will see the son of man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” The name of Christ (the anointed king) and even son of God (as used in Ps. 2, a Messianic psalm, where “the son” (2:7) is the anointed king of God, could be easily misunderstood by Jews to refer to the great new king of Israel. Jesus preferred the son of man because it pointed to even greater things: in Dan. 7:13-14 there comes one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven, and to him was given dominion and glory and kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is everlasting. So Jesus’ new international kingdom of heaven (a kingdom of disciples of Jesus) comes into focus especially with the use of “son of man” as the new king of this kingdom.

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