Trinitarianism Part 4 -- By: Lewis Sperry Chafer

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 097:388 (Oct 1940)
Article: Trinitarianism Part 4
Author: Lewis Sperry Chafer

Part 4

Lewis Sperry Chafer

[Author’s Note: This, the fourth article in a series on Trinitarianism, presents two aspects of the doctrine of Christ-His Names and His Deity. This was preceded by a discussion of His Pre-existence, and will be followed by articles on His Incarnation, His Humanity, the Kenosis, and the Hypostatic Union. There yet remains, also, in this series a consideration of the general doctrine of God the Holy Spirit.]

IV: His Name


The Messianic character of Psalm 45 cannot be questioned. Its closing verse is a promise and a prophecy, “I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.” Because of all that is disclosed in the name of the Messiah, He shall be praised in all generations. Great indeed is the sum total of all His names, His titles, and His descriptive designations. Because of His incarnation, His work in redemption, and His multiplied relationships, the number of His appellations exceeds those of the Father, the Spirit, and all the angels so far as these are revealed. As is true of each Person of the Godhead, the names of the Second Person are a distinct revelation. It is probable that almost every essential truth resident in the Second Person is expressed in some specific name, i.e., Emmanuel speaks of His incarnation relationships, Jesus of His salvation, the Son of Man of His humanity, the Son of God of His Deity, Lord of His authority, the Son of David of His throne rights, Faithful and True of His manifestations, and Jesus Christ the Righteous of the equity with which He meets the condemnation due the

Christian because of sin. Some of the major titles are to be considered more specifically.

1. Jehovah, Lord.

Some truth relative to the Jehovah character of the Second Person has been set forth in the previous discussion. Without restating what has gone before, added evidence may well be advanced to the end that the glory may be unto Him to whom it belongs. He is properly styled Jehovah. This is because of the fact that He is Jehovah; yet it will be remembered this designation is applicable to none but Deity. It is the ineffable name which represents that eternal exaltation which cannot be communicated to any creature. In Psalm 83:18 it is written: “That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.” Similarly, in Isaiah 42:8, “I am Jehovah, that is my name; and my glory...

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