In John’s Gospel Jesus declares, “I am the gate for the Sheep,” “I am the good shepherd, “I am the resurrection and the life,” “I am the way, the truth, the life,” “I am the true vine,” and “I am [Jesus of Nazareth].”
Consider meditating on the below scriptures and allowing God to use them to inform your thoughts, prayers, and decisions for today. The names of God still fuel my daily prayers and life, both private and public. They also inform my desire to “know God and make him known.” May they similarly serve you in this way.
God’s name represents who he is. The psalmist says, “Give thanks to the LORD and praise his name. For he is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. . . . Those who know your name will trust in you. For you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you” (Ps 100:4–5; 9:10). The LORD says, “Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name.” (Ps 91:14). Knowing and trusting in the name of the LORD is important!
Each of God’s names represents a dimension of him still exhibited today—somewhere, somehow. Clicking on the below scriptures will open these names within the paragraphs they are found in the Bible. In John’s Gospel Jesus says,
1. “I am the gate for the sheep” John 10:7
2. “I am the good shepherd” John 10:11
3. “I am the resurrection and the life” John 11:25
4. “I am the way, the truth, the life” John 14:6
5. “I am the true vine” John 15:1, 5
6. “I am [Jesus of Nazareth]” John 18:7–8
Every day, for the foreseeable future, I hope to post five more names of God.
Click here for a full list of the names of God.
Click here for a full list of the names of Jesus.
“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil 1:3–6).