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03/24/13 – “The Son of Abraham, the Son of David, and the Son of God” II – The Significance of Names



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March 24, 2013


The Son of Abraham, the Son of David, and the Son of God III

(The Great Mystery)

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March 24, 2013


The Son of Abraham, the Son of David, and the Son of God II

(The Significance of Names)




  1. God is a purposeful God.  There is a specific purpose and destiny for our lives after salvation.
  2. Salvation begins a process or position in Christ that causes us to have victory in life.



  1. Three stages of sonship depicted in the life of Jesus
    1. Infancy (teknion) – symbolized by Jesus’ manger birth; and circumcision on the 8th day. As an infant, we are in the family of God but without power or authority.
    2. Puberty (teknon) – symbolized by Jesus appearing in the temple at age 12.  (St. Luke 2:40, 42, 49). This stage is identified by accountability to a spiritual leader (father).
    3. Maturity (huios) – meaning son placement lived out at Jesus’ water immersion in St. Matthew 3:16-17.  The enemy fights the maturation of sons because this is the stage where the Body of Christ demonstrates its power.



  1. Hebrews 12:1-9
    1. Bastards thinking do not align with the mind of God.
    2. A true son solely relies on the Bible to receive the thoughts of God.
    3. Sonship becomes an identifier.  It’s a brand of thinking.
    4. Immaturity is a mindset.


  1.          I.            The significance of names
    1. Names connect and determine destinies. Our name connects us to our identity in God.
      1. Nicknames rob us of our destiny and identity in God.
      2. Names and group associations such as fraternities and sororities can become identity thieves.
      3. For example, David knew who God had called him to be; consequently, he was fearless in the face of Goliath.
      4. Abram underwent a name change to Abraham meaning respected; exalted father of nations or multitudes.
        1. Genesis 17:5-7
          1. Abram later becomes something he was not born into.
          2. The right name connects us to the right destiny.
      5. Sarai’s name is changed to Sarah meaning princess of many nations.
        1. Genesis 17:15-19
          1. Sarai means chief governor or leader but in a masculine form.
          2. The masculine form of Sarai limited her ability to reproduce.
      6. Jacob’s name is changed to Israel meaning divine master.
        1. Genesis 32:24-30
          1. A blessing is equivalent to a name change.
          2. Jacob’s name means trickster, supplanter, liar, and deceiver.
      7. Elisabeth and Zacharius’ child is named John.
        1. St. Luke 1:57-64
          1. The family of Zacharias and Elisabeth wanted to follow custom and name the child after his father.
          2. The mother knew God was using this child to do something different from the father, consequently naming the child John.
          3. Zacharias’ mouth was opened immediately when he agreed with God’s name for the child.
          4. John would not follow in his father’s steps.  This was not his destiny.
  2.         II.            Deciphering the great mystery of Christ in us
    1. Colossians 1:24-27
      1. The responsibility of a father’s care is rendered once the father’s DNA is proven to be in the child.
      2. Christ in us is much greater than being Christ-like.
      3. The great mystery of the ages is this – that as believers we are more than merely Christ-like but we have the fullness of who God is on the inside of us.
        1. I John 4:17
        2. Psalm 82 – Christ formed in us will cause us to reproduce what is in the Father.
        3. Ephesians 6 – When we put on the whole armor of God and pull down the face plate, the enemy can’t distinguish us from God.
      4. The Church is suffering from an identity crisis.
        1. Defining Christ-like or Christians is subject to man’s interpretation.
        2. The blood of Jesus forms the “likeness” (characteristics) of Jesus in us.
        3.  It’s the blood, not someone’s interpretation of what Christ is like that determines who we are and what we are capable of achieving.

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