When you complete this lesson, you’ll see from the Bible that God has a name and that you can become God’s friend.
Let’s start by getting your view. When you introduce yourself to someone new, what’s the first piece of personal information that you share?
Nothing—It’s risky to share personal information with someone you’ve just met
Most people would agree. Often, the first piece of information we share with someone is our name. This is the first step in building a relationship. But does God have a name?
This response is common in the business world, where a person’s job may be more important than his or her identity. In social settings, though, most people introduce themselves using their name, since this can help make a relationship friendlier. Does God have a name? If so, could knowing it help you become God’s friend? Let’s find out.
That’s certainly understandable. However, if your relationship with a person is ever to grow, you need to share your name at some point. Likewise, wouldn’t God need to share his name with us in order for us to get to know him? Let’s see what the Bible says.
Let’s examine what the Bible says about God’s name. Click the highlighted word for more information. [?]
“May people know that you, whose name is Jehovah, you alone are the Most High over all the earth.”
Which of the following is God’s name?
This is one of God’s titles. It identifies him as having unlimited power.—2 Corinthians 6:18.
This title identifies God as the one who brought all things into existence.—Isaiah 40:28.
Very good. “Jehovah” is the most common spelling of God’s name in English. “Yahweh” is another common spelling.
Although many have been taught that Jesus is God’s name, this is actually the name of God’s representative. (John 16:27) The next lesson will explain what the Bible teaches about Jesus.
This title indicates that God has supreme authority.—Psalm 109:21.
Summary of Section 1
God, the Creator, has a name, Jehovah. Each of the titles used for him in the Bible reveals something about him.
2. God is interested in you
You can’t see Jehovah God because he is an invisible spirit Person who lives in heaven. (1 Timothy 1:17) However, by learning about him through the Bible, you can come to know Jehovah as a Person. You’ll see that Jehovah describes himself, not as someone who is cold and distant, but as a loving Father.—Matthew 6:9.
The Bible describes many beautiful qualities of Jehovah that help us to draw close to him. Match God’s qualities to the verses where they’re described. Click an item from each group to match them. [?]
Which term most accurately describes Jehovah’s attitude toward you?
God is interested in all people, including you. The Bible, his message to humankind, contains “good news of a great joy that all the people will have.”—Luke 2:10.
That’s right. Now that you know that Jehovah is interested in you as a person, you have the basis for building a “close friendship” with him.—Proverbs 3:32.
Now let’s review some key points to help you remember what you’ve learned.
Review 1 of 4
Match the terms to the correct category. [?]
Review 2 of 4
How many times does God’s name, Jehovah, appear in ancient Bible manuscripts?
Very good. Since God included his name in the Bible that many times, doesn’t it make sense that he wants us to use it?
Actually, God’s name appears 700 times in the Bible book of Psalms alone.
Although the name Jehovah appears just 4 times in the King James version of the Bible, it is found thousands of times in ancient Bible manuscripts.
Although some Bible translations remove the divine name and replace it with such titles as “Lord” or “God,” ancient Bible manuscripts contain God’s name thousands of times.
Review 3 of 4
Pick the quality of Jehovah that best matches this statement about him: God shows active concern for others.
Correct. God’s unselfish love benefits everyone, even those who do not respond to it.—Matthew 5:44, 45.
Jehovah’s wisdom gives him complete understanding of every situation. (Proverbs 2:6) However, another of his qualities moves him to act to benefit others.
God’s justice moves him to do what is right, or righteous. (Psalm 33:5) Yet, his unselfish concern for others is best described by another of his qualities.
Jehovah uses his limitless power in harmony with another of his qualities to show his concern for others.—Psalm 54:1.
Review 4 of 4
Pick the option that best describes who can have a relationship with God.
No one—God is too distant to relate to people
Those of a specific nation or culture
Only people who are well-educated
The Bible encourages us to “seek God . . . and really find him, although, in fact, he is not far off from each one of us.”—Acts 17:26, 27.
Correct. The Bible says: “God is not partial, but in every nation the man who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.”—Acts 10:34, 35.
The opportunity to have a relationship with Jehovah is open to “every nation and tribe and tongue and people.”—Revelation 14:6.
Suppose you would like to become God’s friend. Pick the attitude that would most likely help you to succeed.
You accept whatever you’re told about the Bible
You worry about what other people will think of you
You examine for yourself what the Bible teaches
You push difficult questions out of your mind
If you worry too much about other people’s opinions, you could miss the wonderful opportunity to form the best friendship you could ever have. “Fear of men is a snare,” says the Bible.—Proverbs 29:25, footnote.
That’s right. If you examine the Bible for yourself, you’ll be like those whom the Bible commended for “carefully examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things [that they learned] were so.”—Acts 17:11.
For example, you might wonder, ‘If there is a God who is loving and powerful, then why is there suffering and evil in the world?’ However, instead of ignoring the question because the answer seems difficult, you should continue learning what the Bible teaches. In fact, that question is answered later in the course you’re now taking.
- God, the Creator, has a name—Jehovah
- Jehovah God is a loving Father who cares about you
You’ve finished the lesson!
Want more on this subject? If so, check out the links below.
Otherwise, keep going to see what’s next.
- Bible manuscripts containing God’s name
- Bible translations that use God’s name
- Facts and misconceptions about God’s name
- Are there other names of God besides Jehovah?
- Who made God?
- Has anyone ever seen God?
- Is God everywhere, or omnipresent?
- Real-life experience—He learned that God is a loving Father
Is Jesus God? What does the Bible teach about Jesus? Lesson 2.1, “Who Is Jesus?,” will answer those questions.
You’re welcome at our meetings. There we examine what the Bible says and how we can apply its teachings in our life.
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