God is Love. The role of the Holy Spirit is to give all such abstract qualities of God a human face as it were. This is what we see in the atoning work of Jesus Christ. In order to redeem mankind from condemnation God sent his only begotten Son. Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God. (Col.1:15). The Almighty God remains in unapproachable light ‘and whom no man hath seen, nor can see(1 Ti.6:16)’ So man can only access Him through the Son.
The Holy Spirit uses name of a thing or being to impress upon us certain spiritual truths. When God announces his name as YHWH or JEHOVAH it is his divine essence as revealed. In his creative act he is denoted by his generic name Elohim (Theos-Gk) At the time of his covenant with Abraham he is signified by the name God Almighty or El Shaddai. We also see such revelation is progressive.
When God manifested before Moses and informed him the purpose he asked, ‘Behold when I come unto the children of Israel,…and they shall say to me what is his name? What shall I say unto them (Ex.3: 13-14)?’
“I AM THAT I AM”
God is perfect. He has no need for himself such devices since He is unchangeable. At the burning bush He reveals to Moses His name, which is ‘I am Who I am.’ (Ex.3: 14).
In one of the subsequent visits God reveals, ‘I am the Lord. And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVA was I not known to them (Ex.6: 2-3)’.
This revelation is by degrees. When the Angel of the Lord wrestled with Jacob what was he? He was the sly one who tricked Esau, his elder bother of his birthright. However Jacob prevailed over God and man, so God names him Israel.
God loved Jacob and hated Esau. The latter’s indifference to the spiritual significance of birth right made that clear. He sold it for a mass of pottage. He was profane while Jacob proved godly. His single mindedness is illustrative of wrestling the angel. He wanted God’s blessing through Abraham his own.The same zeal we see when Solomon wanted to build the House of God while Adonijah was plotting for the throne. He wanted to glorify God.
God saw in Jacob spiritual thirst and blessed him. The stone he erected to worship God at Bethel was a symbol of the blessing he fought hard for. The memorial was a forerunner of the magnificent Temple of Solomon. Yet his trickery had to be acknowledged. For this reason this encounter with God left him with a limp ever since. (Ge.32:31) God imputed righteousness in the Old Dispensation. With the advent of Jesus and having fulfilled the divine Will his sacrifice made amends for anyone who accepted his as Lord Savior. Thus by our faith in the Son makes us righteous or on the right side of God.
“Without holiness no one shall see him (He.12: 14-15)”.
Holiness is a virtue and it is also glory as intrinsically entwined with his Name. ‘Holy is his name (Lk.1: 49)’.