Turning the Key

One of my favorite authors once wrote,

The central theme of the Bible, the theme about which every other in the whole book clusters, is the redemption plan, the restoration in the human soul of the image of God. From the first intimation of hope in the sentence pronounced in Eden to that last glorious promise of the Revelation, “They shall see His face; and His name shall be in their foreheads” (Revelation 22:4), the burden of every book and every passage of the Bible is the unfolding of this wondrous theme, – man’s uplifting, – the power of God, “which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57.

He who grasps this thought has before him an infinite field for study. He has the key that will unlock to him the whole treasure house of God’s word.  (Ed 126)

What is this central theme of which the author speaks? Notice that she calls it “the power of God.” Romans 1:16 gives that “the power of God” is the gospel, and it is a fact that nothing and no one else besides Jesus Himself (1 Corinthians 1:24) is called “the power of God” in the Bible.

Interesting. Both Jesus and the gospel are called “the power of God.”

John the disciple was shown that the Lord “had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself” (Revelation 19:12). That which represents God is so vast that no man fully knows it. This does not prevent men from recognizing that various realities (like faithfulness, truth, words, and kings…see Revelation 19:11, 13, 16) represent Him and can be utilized in referring to Him.

In proclaiming His name to Moses (see “The Gospel” tab), the Lord gave an awesome expression of the gospel pattern. Since all meaning and significance is expressed by some level of conformance to a pre-existing pattern, and since the Bible shows the weightiness of the name of God to be given to man by the gospel pattern, we see the gospel pattern itself serving the precise function a single-word name serves, that is, the gospel is a pattern which represents the full actuality of God just as the word “Jesus” does.  

The way in which this knowledge can extend our understanding of the nature and importance of the “name of God” – that which represents the  very nature and importance of God Himself – cannot be overestimated! In studying the gospel pattern, one is actually studying the name of God.

The entire Bible is brimming with easily recognizable and highly practical expressions of the gospel pattern, along with other far more subtle gospel expressions. When I learned of the gospel pattern and came to see it everywhere in the inspired writings, I really felt as if a glorious key had been given me unlocking every part of “the whole treasure house of God’s word.” Every time I opened the Bible, I recognized fresh and highly practical expressions of Jesus’ name. I began to understand and enjoy the profound significance of Bible statements which had before been little more to me than poetic, mystic utterances:

  • “Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore” (Psalms 113:2)
  • “Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven” (Psalms 148:13)
  • “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe” (Proverbs 18:10)
  • “Behold, the name of the LORD cometh from far, burning with his anger” (Isaiah 30:27)
  • “For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever” (Micah 4:5)
  • “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).

I hope that in reading through the pages of this website, you have been inspired to study the name of the Lord, the gospel pattern, for yourself.

Suggested Times for Bible Study

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Colossians 3:17.

To live in the name of the Lord Jesus is to live according to the gospel pattern. As I understand it, this could look like daily conformance to the following gospel schedule.

1)      Meet with God through prayer and Bible study first thing in the morning

2)      Go forth from the meeting to believe/follow/rest in Him all day

3)      Meet with God again in the evening

4)      Rest in Him all night

Suggested Method for Bible Study

“Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.” Malachi 3:16-17.

The promise is that if you think upon the name of the Lord – the gospel pattern – you will be remembered in a heavenly book. Why not remember the name of the Lord in a book of your own?

Here is how I personally remember the name of the Lord.

As directed and enlightened by the Holy Spirit…

Step 1: I find a Bible phrase or passage which appears similar to a two-part or three-part expression already verified to be a variation of the gospel message.

Step 2: I consider the ideas of the passage or phrase in question along with their order and interdependencies. I check to see if the passage or phrase conforms to the concept-pattern witnessed by known gospel expressions. 

Step 3: If it does not follow the pattern, I humbly accept that not every shovelful of Scripture must contain an immediately recognizable gospel gem. But if it does, I treasure it as a further revelation of God and belief in God (the gospel fundamentals composing the name of God).

Step 4: If the phrase or passage follows the pattern, I write in down in my identification manual.

Here is the first page of my identification manual.

Eccl 12:13, 14 Fear God Keep his commandments Every work brought into judgment
Job 1:1-3 Feared God Eschewed evil Was spectacularly blessed by God
Psa 5:7-11 In thy fear will I worship Lead me in righteousness Destroy the wicked. Give rejoicing, joy, blessing, protection to the righteous.
Mal 4:2-3 You that fear my name Shall go forth and grow Ye shall tread down the wicked
Psa 128:1 Everyone that fears the Lord That walks in his ways Is blessed
Psa 85:9 Salvation is near them that fear God That glory may dwell in our land
Jer 32:39-41 Everlasting covenant, the fear of God, in the heart That they may not depart from me I will rejoice over them to do them good
Heb 13:20-21 Through the blood of the everlasting covenant Make you perfect in every good work to do his will
Eph 5:26-28 Christ gave himself for the church That he might sanctify and cleans it with the washing of water by the word That he might present it to himself a glorious church
Psa 25:11-13 Pardon iniquity, Lord. What man fears the Lord? Him shall he teach in the way He shall inherit the earth
Jn 16:8-11 Convicted of sin Of righteousness And of judgment
Rom 2:4-10 Longsuffering and goodness of God leads to repentance Patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality Reward of Eternal life
Isa 1:16-17 Wash you, make you clean Put away evil/learn to do well Seek judgment. Judge the fatherless.
Isa 1:18-20 Reason with God (to learn truth) Willing and obedient Sentence of judgment: either eat the good of the land or be devoured with the sword.
1 Cor 6:11 Washed Sanctified Justified
Rom 6:22 Made free from sin Become a servant of God unto holiness The end is everlasting life
Job 29:13-14 The blessing I put on righteousness My judgment was as a robe
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