3 concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh
4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.
What name do you go by that you’re most proud of? Is it a name you inherited or a name you chose, like your surname or married name? Is it relational, like mom/dad, son/daughter, grandparent, or best friend? Maybe it’s the name of a position or title you’ve worked to achieve. Whatever the case may be, our favorite names say much about who we are and what we treasure most.
From the very start of his letter to the Romans, Paul identified himself and Jesus using names that reveal incredible truths. Paul described himself as “servant of Christ Jesus,” “called to be an apostle,” and “set apart for the gospel of God” (1). Even in his own identification, Paul identified Jesus because he understood His name is superior to every other name. Additionally, Paul’s names are not unique in the sense that they belong to him alone. While some things he did were for him alone to do, who he was, ultimately, can be applied to every believer—servants of Jesus who are called and set apart for God’s gospel purposes.
Jesus, on the other hand, is entirely unique both in what He accomplished on the earth and in who He is. He was not only a descendent of David, along with many others who share that same designation. He, alone, is the Son of God. He, alone, is Lord. This is the point made in Hebrews 1:5-14. The angels, as incredible and magnificent as their name is, are not collectively or individually God’s Son in the sense that Jesus is (Heb. 1:5). Neither are they Lord (Heb. 1:10). Only Jesus can be identified by those names. He has always been God’s one and only Son (1 Jn. 4:9), but His death and resurrection set Him apart in a new way. He is not only God’s Son by His eternal nature; He is God’s Son by what He accomplished in His victory over sin and death. He is God’s Son in resurrection power.
• What comfort does it give you to know that Jesus is “the Son of God in power…by His resurrection from the dead”?
• What needs to change in your life this week to truly reflect Jesus’ lordship?
• Praise Jesus that He is completely unique and superior to all other names. Thank Him, too, for giving you a name that matters forever with a message of hope to share with the world. Ask Him to empower you to do what He has called you to do and bring glory to His great name.