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Name

 (Onoma)

 

Greek Pronunciation [AH nah mah]

HCSB Translation: name

Uses in the NT: 231

 

“But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”
(Acts 3:6)

 

The Greek noun onoma means name and has several uses, such as the following: (1) Used for proper names of persons and places; (2) In Revelation 3:1 onoma is rendered “reputation,” as in the expression he has made a name for; (3) It also occurs in the sense of title, as in Matthew 10:41 (the literal in the name of a prophet means “because he is a prophet” or “because he has the title prophet”). In Hebrews 1:4 onoma refers to “Son” as the name or title that is more excellent than the angels’ (see vs. 2,5,8) and in Philippians 2:9 the “name that is above every name” is the title “Lord” (kurios), as explained in verse 11; and (4) Finally, the NT often demands that believers act for, or in the name of, Jesus Christ. The phrase “in Jesus’ name” is not a mystical formula attached to the end of a prayer. It’s an expression of faith that identifies the Person whom believers serve (Mt. 18:20; Act. 2:38).

 


Word Studies courtesy of the Holman Christian Standard Study Bible. Used with permissions from B&H Publishing Group, A Division of LifeWay Christian Resources.

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