Names of Christ study journal

The many names of Christ remind us that each of us relate to him differently...and he in turn relates to us through our unique needs, gifts and experiences.


Carpenter
Definition of this name:
A skilled work who makes, finishes and repairs wooden objects and structures.

Why Christ has this name:
Jesus' earthly father was a carpenter & he was trained in that trade.  "In a spirit of unbelief and derision, the citizens of our Lord's own community referred to him as "the carpenter's son."-Mormon Doctrine

Scriptures in which this name is used:
Bible:
Mark 6:3
Is this not the carpenter, son of Mary?

Insights this name gives me about Christ and my relationship with him:
This name brings to mind the humble circumstances of his birth.  A fact that scriptures point out was one of the stumbling blocks to the Jews of his day. They had expected their Messiah to be a great man, one born to royalty; a great military leader.
The words in the scriptures "Is this not the carpenter's son?" are the words of the hard-hearted.  They could not accept him because he was not what they expected.
Yet the meekness of his circumstances make him all the more personal and relatable.  As Paul says in Hebrews: " For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
"Yet in his marvelous meekness...we should ever remember & consider who he really is...Oh the meekness and majesty of Jesus!"-Neil A. Maxwell
Also the fact that he was a carpenter is not without it's symbolism and I have to wonder if this was not part of God's plan.  
Jesus was the great carpenter of creation, he is the carpenter of our salvation and he is our own personal carpenter when we need help or repair in our own lives.  

"Beloved, the Great Carpenter can look down upon us and see what messes we have made of our lives.  He can take that mess we've made, that awful mistake that we committed and He can begin to repair the damage and allow the healing to start."

Additional material I found related to this name:
http://www.christian-forum.net/index.php?showtopic=36009

Captain of Salvation
Definition of this name:
The person in command; commander; chief;head;skipper;master.

Why Christ has this name:
Christ is the Captain of Salvation meanig he is the leader, chief officer, and agent who made salvation available to his brethren through his atoning sacrifice.

Scriptures in which this name is used:
Bible:
2 Chronicles 13:12
God himself is with us for our Captain. Fight not against the Lord god of your fathers; for ye shall not prosper.
Hebrews 2:10
God brings us to glory, through the atonement of The Captain of our Salvation. 

Insight this name gives me about Christ and my relationship with him
This name was a little confusing to me since I'm not overly familiar with the military ranking system and I don't understand the duties of the various offices.  If can be a little more confusing when you consider that a captain in the U.S. military is not a very high official.  To fully understand this name, one must understand that in the days of ancient Israel, a Captain was the highest rank in their army.  Someone who answered only to the King himself.  
So this name refers to Christ as our leader who answers only to God the Father.  He said this many times during his ministry, John 5:36, John 6:57 and John 7:16 to name only a few.  
Revelation Chapter 5 is a beautiful symbolic statement of this very truth.  God the Father created the plan of salvation (symbolized by the book he is holding) and only through Christ can that plan be implemented.  He was the only one worthy to take upon himself this great task.  
As far as man is concerned, all things center in Christ. He is the Firstborn of the Father. By obedience and devotion to the truth he attained that pinnacle of intelligence which ranked him as a God, as the Lord Omnipotent, while yet in his pre-existent state. As such he became, under the Father, the Creator of this earth and of worlds without number; and he was then chosen to work out the infinite and eternal atonement, to come to this particular earth as the literal Son of the Father, and to put the whole plan of redemption salvation, and exaltation in operation.-Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine
The Scriptures are clear that there is no other name or way by which a person can enter into heaven to again with with the Father.  Acceptance of Christ's atonement and full obedience to his gospel are the only way to obtain the necessary salvation/sanctification.

Additional material I found related to this name:
In response to William Ernest Henley's "Invictus" the haughty declaration that a man in the master of his own fate and the captain of his own soul, the LDS apostle Orson F. Whitney wrote:

Art thou in truth? Then what of Him
Who bought thee with His blood?
Who plunged into devouring seas
And snatched thee from the flood?

Who bore for all our fallen race
What none but Him could bear—
That God who died that man might live
And endless glory share?

Of what avail thy vaunted strength
Apart from His vast might?
Pray that His light may pierce the gloom
That thou mayest see aright?

Men are as bubbles on the wave,
As leaves upon the tree,
Thou, captain of thy soul! Forsooth,
Who gave that place to thee?

Free will is thine—free agency,
To wield for right or wrong;
But thou must answer unto Him
To whom all souls belong.

Bend to the dust that "head unbowed,"
Small part of life's great whole,
And see in Him and Him alone,

The captain of thy soul.

Also,
There are a great many ifs in the world that are like a swarm of stinging wasps-if you let those ifs out, they will sting you from head to foot...He (Christ) cannot fail or leave us!  He must live, He must conquer and while that is the case, the other ifs do not mean anything to us.  Therefore, cast yourselves on your Captain's care.  March onward though you cannot see your way!  Fly at the enemy though they seem to outnumber you by ten to one, for greater is He that is for you than all that can be against you!  Be not afraid of anything, for your Captain is equal to all emergencies.-C.H. Spurgeon

Bright and Morning Star
Definition of this name:
(From Mormon Doctrine) Speaking of man as a star, the meaning is that he is a person of brilliant qualities who stands out among his fellows.  Thus, to single our Lord out as "The" Bright & Morning Star is to testify that he is preeminent over all, in whom all perfection and fullness dwell.

Why Christ has this name:
Another name for the morning star is the sun.  Malichi 4:2 refers to Jesus Christ as "The Sun of Righteousness."  The brightness of his appearance is frequently compared to the sun.
The morning star also refers to the planet Venus which shines brightest in the sky.  It is often the first star to be seen in the evening and the last start to disappear in the morning.  

Scriptures in which this name is used:
Bible:
Revelation 2:26-28-He that overcometh and keepeth my works unto the end...to him will I give the Morning Star.
Revelation 22:16-Jesus is the root and the off-spring of David, and the bright and morning star.

Insights this name gives me about Christ and my relationship with him:
Both of these definitions are symbolic of Christ & his glory.  Just as the sun is the primary source of light for the earth, so Jesus Christ is the primary source of gospel light.  He gives me spiritual light and knowledge.
Just as the sun is the dominant force of life for the earth, Christ and his atonement are the dominant force of my life.  And, just as the sunflower tracks the sun through the sky each day, so must I follow the Son of God and let his light guide me.
Like the Morning Star in the night sky, Christ's atonement is the brightest part of the gospel.  Just as Venus is there at the beginning and the end of the day, Christ's love and atonement shine through the darkness from beginning to end.  Stars shine in the darkness and Christ has said of himself, "I am the light which shineth in the darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not."
Stars are used for navigation, they guide lost travelers through the dark night.  Christ and his gospel bring guidance and direction to my life.  His atonement saves me from being swallowed up when evil and darkness threaten to overcome me.
President Gordon B. Hinckley said: "Like the North Star in the heavens, regardless of what the future holds, there stands the Redeemer Of The World, The Son Of God, certain and sure as the anchor of our immortal souls.  
If I am true and faithful to his gospel and my covenants, he has promised to give me the morning star/sun which is celestial glory.

Additional material I found related to this name:

1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
Who misses through the rising of the sun?  Those who sleep through it!
The scriptures are full of admonitions for us to awaken.
A few are: Romans 13:11, 1 Corinthians 15:34, Moroni 10:31


Sunflowers love the sun. As they are growing, sunflowers will face their flowers in the direction of the sun, tracking it along during the day.  That is why a field of sunflowers will always be pointing the same direction.  This phenomenon is known as Heliotropism.  However, nearing maturity, most sunflowers stop tracking the sun and just face east to catch the morning sunrise.  It stays firm and steadfast in the direction where it receives the most light.  Just as sunflowers love and follow the sun, so should we love and follow the Son of God.  All true Christians should be pointing in the same direction and, like the maturing sunflowers, be watching the east for the return of the Son."Like the sunflower, which turns its face constantly toward the sun, you must look continually toward the Source of light, that you may catch every ray possible."
Learn from the sunflower-
  • Follow the light the Savior provides
  • Gain strength from his teachings
  • Stand firm in your convictions
  • Share his light with others
  • Follow "The Son" 
                                                          Historical Sketches of the Foreign Missions of the Seventh-day Adventists, 141
All these characteristics of the sun are symbolic of characteristics of Christ and his atonement.  He gives us light (both physical and spiritual) and spiritual warmth.  He holds all things together.  He provides the energy, or power, with which we are saved.  The atonement of Christ is literally the dominating force in our lives.  In fact, as Latter-day Saint scholar Hugh Nibley has written:
In its sweep and scope, the atonement takes on the aspect of one of the grand constants in nature-ominpresent, unalterable, such as gravity or the speed of light.  Like them it is always there, easily ignored, hard to explain, and hard to believe without an explanation.  Also, we are constantly exposed to its effects whether we are aware of them or not.  Alma found that it engages the mind like a physical force, focusing thought with the intensity of a laser beam (see Alma 36:17-19).  Like gravity, though we are rarely aware of it, it is at work every moment of our lives, and to ignore it can be fatal. It is waiting at our disposal to draw us on. 
Bridegroom
Definition of this name:
A man newly married; or a man about to be married

Why Christ has this name:
The Old Testament prophets frequently compared the covenant relationship between God & his people to a betrothal or marriage.  Christ is typified as the bridegroom & the church his bride.  In ancient times the groom would approach her father & literally pay a price for her.  He would then go and prepare a place for them on his own or her father's estate. 
The title Bridegroom typifies Christ's role as the one who loves us and has purchased us and ohs to bring us home to live with him forever. 

Scriptures in which this name is used: 
Bible:
Matthew 25:1-10 virgins go forth to meet their Bridegroom.
Doctrine & Covenants:
Section 33:17-Be faithful, praying always, having your lamps burning and trimmed, and oil with you, that you may be ready at the coming of the bridegroom
Section 133:10-...the Bridegroom cometh.  Go ye out to meet him.  Prepare yourselves for the great day of the Lord.

Insights this name gives me about Christ and my relationship with him:
When I think of the name bridegroom, I think of great love and total commitment.  I think of promises made and binding covenants made.  
My covenant relationship with Christ.  It began with my baptism and culminated with the sealing covenants that fully bind me to him..
My task here in mortality is to prepare myself for his coming. Whether or not he comes in my lifetime, I must stay faithful and constantly trim my lamp with the oil of my faith, diligence and obedience.  
Even though his physical presence in not with us at this time, he has promised to return.  Yet, the scriptures are clear he, through his spirit, is still with us here.  
Matt. 28:20-"Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world."
So, as I live my life with faith and diligence, not only do I prepare for his return, but I also purify myself so that I may receive his spirit now.  
He is never far.  If there is any distance, then it is because I have been lax in keeping my end of the covenants. But he is the ever faithful bridegroom, loving and always ready to accept me back when I repent.  

Additional Material Related To This Name:
Between us and His visible presence-between us and that glorified Redeemer who  now sitteth at the right hand of God-that cloud still rolls.  But the eye of faith can pierce it; the incense of true prayer can rise above it; through it the dew of blessing can descend.  And if He is gone away, yet He has given us in His Holy Spirit a nearer sense of His presence, a closer enfolding in the arms of tenderness, than we could have enjoyed even if we had lived with Him in of old in the home of Nazareth, or sailed with Him in the little boat over the crystal waters of Gennesareth  We may be as near to Him at all times- and more than all when we kneel down to pray-as the beloved disciple was when he laid his head upon his breast.  The Word of God is very nigh unto us, even in our mouths and our hearts.
                                                                                                 Neil A. Maxwell

Bread of Life
Definition of this name
Bread is defined as "a staple food", something that nourishes and provides sustenance

Why Christ has this name:
This is a title Jesus gave himself.  A title which echoes and symbolizes the manna which fell from heaven during the 40 years the Israelites traveled in the wilderness.  Just as manna was food for the temporal life, Jesus Christ is food for our eternal life.  His word, his power, his grace and atonement are the "staple food" that nourishes & sustains our spirit giving us eternal life.

Scriptures in which this name is used:
Bible:
John 6:48
I am the bread of life
John 6:35
I am the bread of life; he that cometh to me shall never hunger...
Revelation 2:17
To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna...
Book of Mormon:
Alma 5:34
Come unto me and ye shall partake of the fruit of the tree of life; yea ye shall eat and drink of the bread and waters of life freely.

Insights this name gives me about Christ and my relationship with him:
When I researched this name in the topical guide of my scriptures it said, "also see Sacrament".  Just as manna was a type & symbol of Christ to the ancient Israelites, the sacrament is a modern day manna that represents Christ, the true bread of life.  
As I take the sacrament, the act of eating and drinking represent my total acceptance of him. The bread and water literally become part of the fabric of my body as a symbol that I internalize the nature of Christ into the fabric of my soul.  I internalize not just his teachings but the reality that he is who he says he is; The Son of God, The Messiah. 
As I do this, if I do it worthily, the bread and water which symbolize the bread and water of eternal life "bless and sanctify" my soul and give me access to his Holy Spirit.  
The Holy Spirit and Christ's grace provide the spiritual nourishment/sustenance I need to overcome the natural man and become a new creature in Christ.
Christ is the hidden manna, given to those who truly follow him and become his begotten sons and daughters.  He is the staple food upon which I must rely.  I don't think it is any accident that the Word of Wisdom states that grain is "good for the food of man."  It is another modern symbol meant to focus our minds n the true Bread of Life.  In the end, it is He who causes the destroying angel to, temporally and spiritually, pass us by and slay us not.  

Branch
Definition of this name:
A branch is defined as a subdivision or off-shoot of a main axis.  Also, a division of a family, categorized by a descent from a particular ancestor.

Why Christ has this name:
This name refers to prophetic declarations that the Messiah would be a descendant of David.  These scriptures refer to his mortal lineage. 
Jesse was David's father, so the "Root of Jesse" again refers to the Davidic lineage of Christ.

Scriptures in which this name is used:
Bible:
Isaiah 11:1
A rod shall stem from Jesse and a Branch shall grow from his roots.
Jeremiah 23:5
Behold...I will raise unto David a righteous branch and  king shall reign...& execute judgement.
Jeremiah 33:15
There shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
Doctrine and Covenants:
Section 113:1-2
Christ identifies himself as the Stem of Jesse

Insights this name gives me about Christ and my relationship with him:
David is representative of the Golden Age of Israel.  Jews looked to that time and longed for its return.  That time came to symbolized Jerusalem in its full glory & David was a type and symbol of Christ.
However, David was not righteous and in the end, he failed.
Christ is the righteous branch.  The one who will come and finally redeem his people.  And, when he does, the Golden Age of Israel will pale in comparison to the glory of the millennial reign.
At that time, those who are righteous, those who have been willing to be gathered to Christ, will live with him in peace, beauty and glory.  I cannot think of anything more joyous than dwelling with my family under the reign of Christ.
This ultimate goal must inform each choice I make and be the intention of my every day life.
And, just as Christ is the Branch, I too am a branch.  The scriptures say that he is the vine to which I am a branch.  If I break off from him, I will wither and die.
For without him, I Can Do Nothing. (John 15:5)

Additional material I found related to this name:

What's A Branch To Do
David Story, Blog Post, May27, 2009
When I opened up my front door last week, I was greeted by a large dead branch in my yard from the top of one of our oak trees – not exactly an encouraging sign. There was a thunderstorm the night before (typical for a Tallahassee summer), and the rain and strong winds had brought down a 5 foot long section of the tree that was a good 4 inches thick. It wasn’t that the branch had been struck by lightning or broken off by some overweight squirrel. Actually the limb had been dead for some time now. The wood was rotten. There were no green leaves. The only life remaining in it was the few insects our neighborhood woodpecker had failed to reach. Externally it had remained connected to the tree, but internally it had become disconnected from the life and root system long ago.
I was reminded that Jesus talks about branches. “I am the vine; you are the branches,” Jesus says in John 15. “Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” It is fine with me if God trims away dead branches from my oak trees (I didn’t even have to get out my ladder), but Jesus’ words make this more personal. I am a branch. We are branches. We have a responsibility to bear fruit. If I don’t bear fruit, I may be broken off and thrown to the side of the street for the yard waste collection (that’s what I did with my dead branch).
Meet my life in ministry, or my life in general. I know I have a responsibility to bear fruit … or else. Constantly my focus moves toward my responsibility. Fruit, fruit, fruit, growth, numbers, conversions, even love ... is it enough? Am I doing enough? … or will I be cut off? I am a branch after all.
Into my self-focused results-oriented mindset, Jesus says something I really hate – words that I desperately need, but not words I like to hear. “Apart from me you can do nothing.” I am independent and hate asking for help (or I would hate it, if I ever did). So Jesus’ words cut to the core of my heart idolatry of self-sufficiency. They hurt. What does he mean “nothing”? I can do something; I am doing something; I have to do something or else I will be cut off. Again Jesus says, “the branch cannot bear fruit by itself.”
Then it begins to make sense. I am a branch. How did that large 5 foot long branch at the top of my tree die in the first place? I get it. Independence killed it. It focused on the beautiful thick green leaves it could produce (I know I’m projecting here). It focused on the fruit and its own responsibility, forgot about the tree, stopped drawing its life from the root system of the tree, and in all its self-sufficiency (or lack thereof) it died.
So what’s a branch to do? A branch should draw its life from Jesus – not focus on the fruit it must produce, but on the life of the root system which is the means to produce that fruit. “I am the vine; you are the branches,” Jesus says. “Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit.” 
Beloved
Definition of this name:
To be greatly loved, dear to the heart.  
Synonyms: Esteemed, favorite.

Scriptures in which this name is used:
Bible:
Ephesians 1:6
To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in The Beloved.
Luke 9:35
At the Mount of Transfiguration, God the Father speaks, "This is my beloved son: Hear Him."
1 John 3:2
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear we shall be like him; for we shall see hi as he is.

Why Christ has this name:
Christ has this name as a Heavenly Father's way of showing how very dear to him he was.  It is his way of showing his esteem and respect for him.  It is meant to work upon our minds to cause us to love and respect him as well.  If God himself so deeply loves Jesus & was willing to send him to us; to teach us, to lead us, to suffer and die for us, then we should love him just as much.  And, how does God the Father expect us to show that love?  We "Hear Him."

Insights this name fives me about Christ and my relationship with him:
I haver never thought much about this name but now realize how very important it is.  That the Father would send his "favorite" child away from him to complete such a difficult, terrible mission brings such feelings of gratitude to my soul.  It tells me how much I am loved.  How could he have done it? How could God allow one child, his most obedient child, to die for his other rebellious children?  I cannot comprehend such a choice and could never have made it.  I don't think I could ever choose one of my sons to die to save the other.  
This name also brings to mind the great responsibility I have to follow Christ.  In the scriptures, when the Father introduces his son, Jesus Christ, he always does so with the admonition to "hear him."  But hearing implies more than just casually, passively listening to his words.  To truly "hear" Christ, I must follow his example.  I must keep his commandments and walk in his footsteps.  The truly marvelous thing is that if I do, Christ makes me his own and shares with me his inheritance.
If I "hear" The Beloved, I become like him and I too become God's Beloved, worthy to receive "the fullness of his glory." 
My heart overflows at the thought and I truly "Stand all amazed" at the great love of God and Jesus Christ.  

Additional material I found that relates to this name:
Article: In The Beloved by Martyn Lloyd-Jones.
This article to long to include here.  However, it is so wonderful and comprehensive I hope you will read it.  To read it, click here.

Relating to 1 John 3:2
"One of my favorite words in the Bible is the word Beloved...I think it's a correct word for a key principle God is trying to teach us about His kind of love.
The word beloved in the pervious verse literally means"esteemed, dear, favorite, worth of love."  Its a word indicating an action on the part of the one doing the loving.  The God of the universe, the same God who paints the sunset, shapes a mountain and plans the waves of the sea, has chosen to love us, not because of who we are, but because of who He is.  Our role is to "Be Loved."-Ron Edmondson

Author
Definition of this name:
One that originates or creates; a creator or composer.
Synonyms: framer; generator; source; maker; shaper

Scriptures in which this name is used:
Bible:
Hebrews 5:9
Being made perfect he became the author and finisher of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.
Hebrews 12:2
Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

Why Christ has this name:
True faith must center/originate in Christ.  Also, faith is of itself a gift from God, therefore he is the source or generator of our faith.

Insights this name gives me about Christ and my relationship with him:
The Bible Dictionary says that true faith must be centered in Jesus Christ in order to produce salvation.  He is the author of my salvation because he is the very source of my faith.  The scriptures say that faith is a spiritual gift.  This means that I do not even have the power to create my own faith.  Jesus Christ gifts me with the faith I need in order to be saved by him.  In this way, he is the generator/maker of the faith I need for salvation.   
True faith is not only that I believe in him, but I believe him-that he has the power to save, heal and exalt.  That he can do what he claims and fulfill his promises.
This faith gives me the power to obey his commandments and follow is gospel, even when it is counter-intuitive to my own worldly thinking.  By following his words, trusting in their innate rightness, I become converted.  I become a new creature in Christ, fit for the kingdom and able to live in his presence. 

Additional material I found that relates to this name:
Jesus Christ, Author and Finisher
By J. J. Leifeste
AuthorThe word "author" denotes one who writes, contracts or originates something.  The gospel message is about Christ.  Without Him, there would be no gospel.  The seeds of our faith come from hearing about Christ (Luke 8:11)...so our faith originates in Him (Romans 10:17, Phil 3:9, 1 Jn 5:4).  For faith in Christ to be true and acceptable to God, it must include obedience (2 Thess 1:8-9).  And for it to continue true and acceptable, it must grow...The Greek word translated "author" in Heb 12:2 is sometimes translated as "leader".  In indicates one who takes the lead, possibly starting something in the process.  Christ is our leader.  He has taken our place by {atoning} for our sins and He has taken the lead in being resurrected to a new life.  He is also our leader through the example of His life upon the earth...  So Christ is the author of true Christian faith; He is the start and growth of faith, the sacrifice for our sins, the model for Christianity, our Lord, the head of the church and its chief cornerstone.FinisherOur faith originates in Christ, and culminates in Him.  He is the totality of it.  The word for "finisher" also means one who perfects.  Our faith is perfected in Christ.  It is not a process where we remain in ignorance and do nothing.  Our faith grows toward completeness.Christ also perfects our faith by giving continuous help.  He is our advocate (1 Jn 2:1), the mediator between the christian and God (1 Tim 2:5).  The sacrifice of Jesus Christ has worked for us and continues to work for us.  He provides continual cleansing of the dedicated Christian soul (Heb 9:14, 1 Jn 1:7-9).  Jesus also will supply the final enactment which fills the hope of our faith.  He is the one by whom we will be raised from death, judged and rewarded (Jn 5:28-29)...so we see that the words and the example of Christ are waiting to construct, stabilize, and polish our faith.  In following them, we invest the effort that ensures the finishing of our faith by Christ.  As our Savior, Mediator, and High Priest, He continues to act in our behalf and give us spiritual strength.  His victory finalized in judgement makes a complete fulfillment of our faith.  
Apostle
Definition of this name:
Apostle means envoy or "one who is sent."  A special witness in all the world.  From the Greek word apostolos meaning delegate, ambassador, messenger.

Scriptures in which this name is used:
Bible:
Hebrews 3:1
...consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Jesus Christ.

Why Christ has this name:
Jesus Christ is the messenger sent by God to men.  He is the revealer of the faith which we profess to hold and he is the reason for the hope we profess to have.  He is the delegate, the ambassador sent by Heavenly Father.  Through him, the covenant is revealed and fulfilled.  
He is figuratively and literally the "Word of God".  Through him God the Father is revealed and The Father's words are fulfilled.

Insights this name gives me about Christ and my relationship with him:
Hebrews 3:1 says, "Consider the Apostle & High Priest", so I must always consider who he is and what he is; what he is to me now and what he will be to me in the hereafter.  I must give close and serious thought to his words and his example.  In fact, through my baptism, I have made a covenant to take his name upon me and to always follow his teachings.  This will bring me closer to him and help me to know more of him.  
Each week, by partaking of the sacrament, I renew my covenant to "always remember him" or in other words to consider him at all times and in all things and in all places in which I find myself.  In return, he blesses me with his spirit, the medium through which I come to know him better and have the strength to become more like him.  Every day, I must listen to hear his message, his voice.  

  • I must pray with real intent, then stop and listen for his answer.
  • I must read the scriptures and take time to ponder their meanings and their implications.  
  • I must keep the commandments for by so doing I become more like him.

John 7:16-17 says that if we do the doctrine we will know he (Christ) was sent from God.  
These are all ways in which I can hear Christ, the messenger and "consider" him as I should.

Amen
Definition of this name:
Literally means: it is so; so be it.
From the Hebrew word meaning truth; true
An expression of agreement; expressed in adverb form as 'verily'.

Some scriptures in which this name is used:
Bible:
Revelation 3:14
These things saith The Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God
2 Cor 1:20
For all the promises of God are in him Yea, and in him, Amen...

Why Christ has this name:
A title given to show that it is in and through him that the seal of divine affirmation is placed on all the promises of the Father.
Jesus often used 'amen' at the start of what he had to say.  It shows his supreme authority.  Where the prophets would say, 'Thus sayeth the Lord...Amen', Jesus would say, 'Truly, I say to you...

Insights this name gives me about Christ and my relationship with him:
Amen is a Hebrew word that means "certainly", 'Let it be so', 'This is true', 'Yea'.  
Jesus Christ is the personification of Heavenly Father and all the covenants and promises given to us by him.  
Amen is the final word spoken in a prayer and Christ is 'The Word', the final word of our Heavenly Father.  Through Christ, who is a witness of truth, we have a sure and unalterable way back into the presence of God.  He is God's messenger to us, the witness of salvation; that all the scriptures and prophecies are true.
Hebrews 1:1-3God who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken to us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds...
What does this mean for me?
Hebrews 2:1-4
Therefore, we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip 

AMEN!

Alpha and Omega
Definition of this name:
The beginning and the end; The basic essential element or elements; the basic reason or most important part.

Some scriptures in which this name is used:
Bible:
Revelation 1:8
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending...
Doctrine and Covenants:
D&C 35:1
His course is one eternal round, the same today as yesterday and forever
D&C 19:1
5 of his names are given: Alpha and Omega, Christ the Lord, HE, The Beginning and The End, Redeemer of the World
D&C 45:7
He is Alpha and Omega, the light and life of the world, a light that shineth and the darkness comprehendeth it not.
D&C 68:35
I am Alpha and Omega and I come quickly.

Why Christ has this name:
"When used as a reference to Christ it indicates the timelessness of his nature." 
"Christ's preeminent position among men is understood by this title.  ALL creatures are subject to him, first & last, for none shall be saved except through his name."
This title encompasses all states of his existence-past, present & future, hence Jehovah is "Endless, Eternal and Everlasting"

Insights this name gives me about Christ and my relationship with him:
All states of our existence center in Christ.  We worshipped him in the pre-existence, we worship him here and we will continue to worship him in the life to come.  
Elder Jeffery R. Holland says, "nothing is so pervasive in our lives, nothing so encompassing and enfolding and upholding as the Savior of this world and Redeemer of men."
This name reminds me that he is my beginning and end.  There is no day, no event, no project, no problem that I should try to tackle without him.  Each should begin with a prayer to him for his spiritual guidance and grace.  Each should conclude with a prayer of gratitude in which I report what I learned.
I know that nothing is too great for him.  He is the sum of all things, the answer to every question or concern now and forever.  
This name evokes great power and helps me remember that it is only through him I am able to overcome the world.  (Phillipians 4:13, 1 John 5:4, Rev 12:11, Doctrine and Covenants 76: 51-54)
Through him I am resurrected, so I too will be endless.  He is eternal and gives me the power to be eternal as well.

Additional Material I found that relates to this name:
Whom say ye that I am by Jeffery R. Holland
Alpha, the first letter of the Greek alphabet, suggests commencement and inception.  "I was in the beginning with the Father", he reveals (D&C 93:21), and, as firstborn, he stood at the right hand of the Father in the councils of heaven and in the work of creation..reaching back to scenes untouched by human memory but still resonant in our souls, we realize that even then we recognized the role of one who, as both friend and brother, would pave for us the narrow path of perfection.  
I am Alpha
As he was in the beginning, so will he be when the world ends.  As Omega, a name taken from the last letter of the Greek alphabet, Christ is the terminus, the end cause as well an the end result of mortal experience.  At his coming we will know what we might become.  John wrote, "Now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be be like him; for we shall see him as he is." (1 John 3:2)
We hope to be very much like him-not in sovereignty or station or degree of sacrifice, but perhaps in some portion of virtue and love and obedience.  He will come to reign as the Messiah, Lord of lords and King of kings, and we will call him Master.  In this finality, which is for the redeemed a beginning, the Lord of this earth will come, in Solomon's language, as "fair as the moon, and clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners."
I am Omega
These letters from the greek suggest the universal role of Jesus from the beginning of the world to its end.  But he ought to be Alpha and Omega in the particular as well-Our personal beginning and our individual end, that model by which we shape our journey and the standard by which we measure it at its conclusion.
In every choice we make, he ought to be our point of reckoning, our charted course, our only harbor ahead.  He should be for us individually what he is for all men collectively-the very brackets of existence, the compass of our privilege.

Almighty
Definition of this name:
All-powerful; omnipotent; supreme

Some scriptures in which this name is used:
Bible: 
Gen 17:1
He is Almighty walk before him, be perfect
Isaiah 9:6
He shall be called wonderful, counselor, the mighty God
Revelations 1:8
He is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the Lord which is, was and is to come;  the Almighty.
Book of Mormon: 1 Nephi 1:14
Great and marvelous are thy works, O Lord God Almighty.
Pearl of Great Price: Moses 1:3
Behold, I am the Lord God Almighty, and endless is my name.

Why Christ has this name:
Both the Father and the Son, being omnipotent, are designated by the name/title Almighty God, Lord Almighty and Lord God Almighty,  These designations attest that these holy beings have absolute and universal power.  

Insights this name gives me about Christ and my relationship with him:
He has all power over all men and nations.  There is nothing he not aware of, no evil he cannot stop.  Nothing surprises him.  All things are in his hands and the earth is under his direction.  No war is started, no leader elected, no dictator that comes into power, no political upheaval that does not somehow work toward his eternal purposes.
I can have peace and faith knowing that he is in control.  Even when the world seems out of control or that evil is winning, I can have peace knowing that somehow this is part of his plan and will work for his purposes.
I can "be still and know he is God...all flesh is in his hands."
My faith can be complete and total knowing he is in charge.  It I or a loved one is experiencing trials, I know he is aware.  We are not forgotten.  
Elder Orson F. Whitney taught, “It is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father in heaven.”
Knowing he is Almighty, I can go to him in prayer with "nothing doubting", knowing that if my prayer is not granted, it is not because he could not grant it, but because in his supreme wisdom he knows what is best for me.
Knowing he is Almighty gives a firm foundation for my faith and testimony.
I can and do trust him completely.

Additional material I found that relates to this name:

The Lord God Almighty by Desley Finedon

The Lord God Almighty, Author of all life, 
beauty, diversity, truth, love and light;

Master of the universe, King of creation, 
Director of all history, Ruler of the nations,

The judge of every person, Provider of salvation, 
Keeper of our souls, Lord of each situation,

The Rock of sure foundation, Protector of the meek, 
Hope of those who trust Him, Strength of the meek.

This Holy One, my Saviour, is the Captor of my heart; my Lord and King, my shepherd, who will not depart.  

Advocate
Defintition of this name:
To speak, plead, or argue in favor of; One that argues for a cause, a supporter or defender; One that pleads on another's behalf; An intercessor.

Some scriptures in which this name is used:
Bible: 1 John 2:1-2
If we sin, Christ is our advocate.  He is the propitiation (reconciliation) with God the Father.
Book of Mormon: Moroni 7:28
Christ has answered the requirements of the law, therefore can claim all who have faith in him.  He will advocate for them at the judgement.
Doctrine and Covenants: 
Section 29:5
The righteous have cause to rejoice because Christ is their advocate with the Father. 
Section 32:3
Christ is our advocate so nothing shall prevail against us. 
Section 45:3-5
Christ advocates for those who have faith in him.  We are saved through the merits of his atonement.

Why Christ has this name:
Because he atoned for our sins, he paid the penalty justice requires. Upon condition of repentance and acceptance of his gospel, we all have the chance to escape the justice that should come upon us.  His mercy replaces justice.  He then advocates and pleads our cause at the judgement bar.

Insights this name gives me about Christ and my relationship with him:
This name brings to my mind his perfect compassion and great love for me.  He is not passive in my salvation.  He is an active party, constantly pleading in my favor.  He is on my side.  He wants me to succeed.  
He is my way back to live again in the presence of my Father in Heaven. It is through faith in Christ, true repentance and acceptance of his atonement that my sins are washed away and I am presented spotless before my Father.  
True repentance means that I turn from and abhor sin.  It means that I make choices to follow his example and I make covenants with him through his required ordinances.  Doing this will bring me joy in this life and make me worthy for eternal life in the world to come.  
I can never do enough to be truly worthy on my own, but I can do my best. If I do, he will plead for mercy through his grace on my behalf.  
There are no words to express my debt to him.  I can only attempt to show my gratitude through obedience to him and service to mankind.  

Additional material I found that relates to this name:
From: 
Ezra Taft Benson
Come Unto Christ (1983)

He is our Advocate, Mediator, and Judge.  Because he is God, He is perfectly equitable with justice and mercy.  He can simultaneously plead our cause and judge our destiny.  Now, let me describe to you what faith in Jesus Christ means.
Faith in Him is more than mere acknowledgement that He lives.  It is more than professing belief.

Faith in Jesus Christ consists of complete reliance on him.  As God, He has infinite power, intelligence, and love.  There is no human problem beyond His capacity to solve.  He descended below all things, He knows how to help us rise above our daily difficulties.

Faith in Him means believing that even though we do not understand all things, he does.  We, therefore, must look to him 'in every thought, doubt not, fear not.' (D&C 6:36)

Faith in Him means trusting that He has all power over all men and all nations.  There is no evil that He cannot arrest.  All things are in His hands.  This earth is His rightful dominion.  Yet, He permits evil so that we can make choices between good and evil.  

His gospel is the perfect prescription for all human problems and social ills.  But His gospel is effective only as we apply it in our lives.  Therefore, we must 'feast upon the words of Christ, for behold the words of Christ will tell us all things what we should do' (Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 32: 3)

Unless we do his teachings, we do not demonstrate faith in Him.

Think what a different world this would be if all mankind would do as He said: 'Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul and with all thy mind...thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.' (Matt 22:37,39)

"Believe in God, believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth.  Believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth.  Believe that man doth not comprehend all things which the Lord can comprehend...Believe that ye must repent of your sins and forsake them, and humble yourselves before God, and ask in sincerity of heart that he would forgive you and now, if you believe all these things, see that ye DO them.' (B of M, Mosiah 4:9-10)

As members of the church we are:

'under obligation to make

the sinless Son of Man our ideal-

the one perfect being

who ever walked the earth.

Sublimest Example of Nobility

God-like in nature
Perfect in his love
Our Redeemer
Our Savior
The immaculate Son of our Eternal Father
The Light, the Life, the Way. 

With all my soul, I love Him.