Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Name - Part 1 - Intro and Onoma

The Book of Mormon uses "The Name" of the Lord in many different ways.  By my count there are 14 different ways it's used.  What follows is just a bunch of blog posts laying all the instances out.  It's more of a reference really. These are laid out in order according to # of examples, starting with the highest count.  It's been interesting to see which writers focused on which aspect of the Name.  Jesus Himself seemed to focus more on praying to the Father and being baptized in His Name.  Moroni painted a broad stroke across several categories (sometimes in the same sentence).   But the main focus by far of the Book of Mormon is on the first seven of these.  The promises for those who have Faith in the Lord's Name are huge.

1.  Faith/Belief in/on the Name
2.  Pray/Ask in the Name
3.  Bless/Glorify/Thank the Name
4.  Baptized in the Name
5.  Take/Bear the Name (Called by the Name)
6.  Speak/Command/Act in the Name
7.  Call on the Name
8.  Remember/Retain the Name
9.  Salvation through the Name
10.  Worship in the Name
11.  Take the Name in vain
12.  Persecuted for the Name
13.  Know the Name
14.  Fear the Name

- I looked it up in the New Testament hoping to glean something from the Greek word:
  • John 1:12
    • But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
  • "Name" used here in Greek is ὄνομα [onoma].  This link shows more details and examples:
  •  Other verses that use this word:
  •  Strong's Concordance (below is from the biblehub link above):
onoma: a name, authority, cause
Original Word: ὄνομα, ατος, τό
Part of Speech: Noun, Neuter
Transliteration: onoma
Phonetic Spelling: (on'-om-ah)
Short Definition: name, character, reputation
Definition: name, character, fame, reputation.

    • HELPS Word-studies
      • 3686 ónoma  name; (figuratively) the manifestation or revelation of someone's character, i.e. as distinguishing them from all others. Thus "praying in the name of Christ" means to pray as directed (authorizedby Him, bringing revelation that flows out of being in His presence. "Praying in Jesus' name" therefore is not a "religious formula" just to end prayers (or get what we want)!
      • ["According to Hebrew notions, a name is inseparable from the person to whom it belongs, i.e. it is something of his essence. Therefore, in the case of the God, it is specially sacred" (Souter).]

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