Session 11: The God Who Gives New Names

14736-jacob-landsc.1200w.tnWhen we lived in Egypt, an easy way to get into spiritual conversations with Muslims was to talk about the meaning of their names. I had one friend named Mo’men. In Arabic, this means, “believer.” As my Arabic ability increased over time, I was able to speak with this friend about what it means to be a true believer and that Jesus wanted him to live up to his name’s sake.

When my friends would ask me about the meaning of my name, all I could say was, “It means, ‘Eric’.” They would say, “Why did your parents give you that name?” I would reply, “Because they liked ‘Eric’.”

While American culture doesn’t always put a whole lot of weight on the meaning of names, many cultures around the world do. Names are important. They convey the hopes and dreams of parents. They may even help to shape the direction of a young person’s life.

This week, we will watch the moment when God changes Jacob’s name to “Israel.” He goes from being known as a deceiver, to one who struggles with God. As we walk through the lesson this week, let’s help our people see that as Christians, God has changed our names. He has given us the name of Christ. We are “little Christ ones.” May we seek to live up to our name’s sake and make much of Jesus in the world.

Below the video you will find thirty-one things that happen to us at salvation. I reference this list in the video. Our new names give us new identities. This list helps us to remember just what that new identity grants us.

31 Things that Happen at Salvation

  1. You are redeemed from slavery to sin (Rom. 3:24; 8:23)
  2. You are reconciled to God (2 Cor. 5:18-20)
  3. You are forgiven for all your sins (Col. 2:13)
  4. You are freed from the law of sin and death (Rom. 6:14; 8:1-4; Gal. 5:1-4)
  5. You are adopted by God (Gal. 3:26-4:7; Eph 1:4-5)
  6. You become a child of God (Jhn 3:3, 7)
  7. You are accepted by God (Eph. 1:6)
  8. You are justified by Jesus Christ (Rom. 4; 5:1)
  9. You are glorified with Jesus (Rom. 4:16-17; 8:30; Col 3:4)
  10. You are united to Jesus (Col 2:9-10)
  11. You possess every spiritual blessing (Eph. 1:3)
  12. You are brought close to God (Eph. 2:13)
  13. You are delivered from the power of darkness (2 Cor. 4:3-4; Col 1:13)
  14. You are transferred from Satan’s domain to the kingdom of God (Col 1:13; 1 Thess 2:12)
  15. You are given as a gift (John 17)
  16. You are circumcised in Christ (Col. 2:11)
  17. You join the priesthood of believers (1 Pet 2:5; Rev 1:6)
  18. You join the people of God (1 Pet 2:9)
  19. You receive citizenship in heaven (Eph 2:19; Phil 3:20)
  20. You are a member to the family of God (Gal 6:10; Eph 2:19)
  21. You take up the fellowship of the saints (John 17:11-23; Eph 4:1-3)
  22. You are granted access to God (Heb 4:16; 10:10-20)
  23. You become an inheritance (Eph 1:6, 18)
  24. You receive an inheritance (Eph 1:14; Col 3:24; 1 Pet 1:4; Heb 9:15)
  25. You become as light to the world (Eph 5:8)
  26. You are in God (1 Thess 1:1)
  27. God the Father is in you (Eph 4:6)
  28. You are in the Son (Rom 8:1)
  29. The Son is in you (John 14:20)
  30. You are in the Spirit (Rom 8:9)
  31. The Spirit is in you (1 Cor 2:12)
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