ISAIAH 43:7 - THE NAME CREATED BY GOD FOR HIS GLORY
7 Everyone who is called by My name,
Whom I have created for My glory;
I have formed him, yes, I have made him.”
Different church groups and preachers have different explanation on the name that God has created for His Glory. One particular church group claim the name 'CHRIST' to be the name referred in this prophecy, and thus further justifying their claim of being the only true church simply because they call themselves as Church of Christ (1914). They would back their argument with the statement of Apostle Peter in Acts 2:36 when he stated that, "God has made this Jesus... both Lord and Christ".
This is a very illogical presentation of scriptures. How so? In the prophecy God confirmed that He created a name for His glory that shall be called unto His people. This name could NOT be 'Christ'. Why not? Because the word Christ is technically not a name but a title derived from a Greek word 'Christos' which means 'the Anointed One' or Messiah. This is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew word 'Mashiach', which by the way was already part of the Hebrew language even before The Savior Yeshua was born.
How did they misrepresent the statement of Peter in Acts 2:36? They make it appear that Peter spoke about the title Christ to be the name created by God to be called unto His people, and thereby justifying the naming of their group Iglesia ni Cristo (MCMXIV) (Filipino) or Church of Christ (MCMXIV). This is a gross misrepresentation of Peter's testimony, is it not? How so? Because in Acts 2:36 Peter DID NOT say that the title Christ is the name created by God, but rather He simply pointed to the fact that God MADE JESUS BOTH LORD AND CHRIST or Messiah. How convenient it is for them to wring the verse out of context in order to fit in their doctrine?
If not the title 'Christ' (or Messiah), what then is the name created by God for His people?
(Isaiah 62:2, 12)
The Gentiles shall see your righteousness,
And all kings your glory.
You shall be called by a new name,
Which the mouth of the Lord will name…
12 And they shall call them The Holy People,
The Redeemed of the Lord;
And you shall be called Sought Out,
A City Not Forsaken.
The name to be called unto God's people is a NEW NAME. What is this name? No one else but God and His Son know about this name. How so? It has not been given yet. When will this name be given?
12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.
This name will be given in the Kingdom of Heaven to those who overcome. It will be written on the foreheads on those who will make it there:
4 They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.
This is the New Name that only those given will ever know:
17 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.”’
How could this New Name be the name of The Son, as well as of The Father and His City (Rev. 3:12)? It is because this New Name will be combination of both titles of God The Everlasting Father, and of His Son The Prince of Peace, as prophesied in the 9th chapter of Isaiah:
6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
The name that combines the titles of The Father (Mighty God/Everlasting Father) and His Son (Prince of Peace) is the name of God that He created for His Glory in Isaiah 43:7, a name that is still unknown by any mortal man at present time as it will only be revealed in the Kingdom of Heaven.