God’s Works for our Salvation as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
WMSCOG New Name of Christ–Almighty God, who created the heaven and the earth by His word, worked as the Triune God (Trinity) for the salvation of humankind and sometimes worked in spirit, sometimes in the flesh. God gave the names of the Savior in each age. The Bible says that the new name of Christ is the name of the Savior. In the Old Testament times, God Himself in the Spirit led the Israelite from Egypt to Canaan. In the New Testament times, the God in the spirit came to earth in person in the flesh, preached the New Covenant for three years and suffered a severe pain on the cross. Then, in what form would God, the Holy Spirit appear and grant salvation to humankind who are living in this sinful world.
Interpretation of a Spiritual Situation in Our Time
God’s Plan for Our Salvation into Three Ages
WMSCOG New Name of Christ–First, We must spiritually discern what age it is now. Many people, who believe in God, firmly believe that only Jesus is the Savior who gives us salvation. As their belief, there is no doubt that Jesus is the Savior. But the salvation work of God doesn’t end with Jesus alone, and spiritually another age exists.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”- Matthew 28:19-
2000 years ago, Jesus let us know that there are three names; the name of the Father, the name of the Son and the name of the Holy Spirit. The name of the God the Father is Jehovah, and the name of the Son is Jesus, then what is the name of the Holy Spirit? Didn’t you ever wonder about the name of the Holy Spirit when you read this passage? Or if you just passed by since you have no idea about the name of the Holy Spirit, you must check it out. It is because God divided 6000 years of the redemption work into three ages to save humankind and gave us a different name of the Savior in each age.
The Purpose of Our Life of Faith
” There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:” – Ecclesiastes 3:1-
WMSCOG New Name of Christ–Everyone in this world lives with own purpose within the time limit, and every activity has a purpose. Among them, what is the purpose of our religious life like we attend a church service and pray and praise God?
” for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”- Peter 1:9-
We live our life of faith to enter the kingdom of heaven in the end. Namely, it is to receive the salvation of our souls. And in our life of faith, there exists the one who grants us salvation. Then who is the one who grants us the salvation today? Is it Jehovah God of the Old Testament times? Or Jesus?
The Saviors of Each Age and the New Name
The Name of Savior in the Age of the Father
WMSCOG New Name of Christ–To know it, we must first know that God put a limitation of the times for His salvation work.
” I, even I, am the LORD (or Jehovah) , and apart from me there is no savior.”-Isaiah 43:11-
“He is ” ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone. ‘ ” -Act 4:1-
The book of Isaiah recorded in the Old Testament times testifies that Jehovah God is the Savior, and the book of Act recorded in the New Testament times testifies that Jesus is the Savior. Then, what is the reason why one and the same Bible proves both of them are the Saviors? Is the Bible contradictory? As you know, the Bible given by the Almighty is flawless and perfect. So there must be the will of God for it. In fact, whether ‘Jehovah is the Savior’ or ‘Jesus is the Savior’ either way, it is right. It is because God is the triune God.
By distinguishing the name of the Savior according to the times such as Jehovah in the Old Testament times and Jesus in the New Testament times, triune God teaches us there is a limitation of the times to save humankind. Let’s say; there is a pending document signed by a former congressman, then, can the documents take effect in the current Congress? No. Likewise, God teaches us that those living in the Old Testament times were given the salvation only when they believe in Jehovah God, praise Him, pray in the name of Jehovah. It is because only Jehovah God is the Savior of the Old Testament times. This age is called “The Age of the Father”.
The Name of the Savior in the Age of the Son
WMSCOG New Name of Christ–Then what about the New Testament times? As we all know, the Savior of the New Testament times is Jesus. So those living the New Testament times are given the salvation only when they believe in Jesus, praise Him, pray in His name. This age is the Age of the Son. What if people in the New Testament times call upon Jehovah God, without realizing the limitations of the times, can he or she be answered?
Let us think about the teachers of the law and the Pharisees 2000 years ago who rejected and persecuted Jesus. Like the relation between the shadow and the reality, the history of the past clearly indicates us what to do and how to act.
WMSCOG New Name of Christ in the Age of the Holy Spirit
WMSCOG New Name of Christ–Now is the Age of the Holy Spirit, the last age neither the Age of the Father nor the Son. Then, what is the name of the Holy Spirit? Would God the Holy Spirit come to this world with the same name as Jesus? Rather the Bible says that the new name of Christ would be revealed and people must pray in the new name of Christ.
“Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name.” -Revelation 3:12-
The Revelation recorded in AD 96 after Jesus’ Ascension teaches us that there is the New Name of Christ Jesus. The new name of Christ Jesus cannot be Jesus. Rather, the new name of Christ should be a different name.
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.”-Revelation 2:17-
It is said that the New Name was written on a stone. Does it mean a real stone? If so, how many stones we should search for to find the New Name?
“As you come to him, the living Stone–rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him–” -Peter 2:4-
The living stone is Jesus. So writing the New Name on a stone as testified in the Revelation 2:17 is to teach us that the Savior of the Age of the Holy Spirit will appear with the New Name different from the name “Jesus”. Also the New Name, the Savior’s name of the Age of the Holy Spirit isn’t known to all people but to those who receive the Savior in the Age of the Holy Spirit.
The Bible Testifies About Our Savior
WMSCOG New Name of Christ–Then, Has God, the Savior of the Age of the Holy Spirit come to this world for our salvation with the New Name? Since we are living in the Age of the Holy Spirit, we must know that. Our salvation depends on whether or not we receive our Savior with the New Name. How in the world can we find Him? It is through the word of God in the Bible.
“You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me,” – John 5:39-
The fundamental reason God gave us the Bible is that God wants us to study the Bible and come to Him since the Bible testifies about the Savior. Therefore, we must study the Bible. We must know what age we are living in, and meet God the Holy Spirit that the Bible testifies about. If not, our life of faith will end up meaningless and also the salvation will be far from us. Then how pitiful it is! Accordingly, first, we need to discern the spiritual age and identify who the new name is.[Reference]