..PHIL 2:8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,...
When I say Jesus is just a name now, I oversimplify so that we can identify who it is we are talking about. However, if you look at the true theology of one God, you will see in John 14 that there was and is a WORD, a concept, a design that was God himself. This concept was to organize the world for us, so that God would be able to interact with us and show forth his Glory to something that exists beyond his spoken word, (we were formed by his hand, given life by his breath). Thus allowing for free will and the choice to enjoy Him.
Sin and righteousness were created in order to perfect our choices, so that we could be true free moral agents (without sin there would have been no choice). Thus, because sin already existed before we did, it was necessary to prepare a way to deal with sin. This way was established in the old testament. God, the Self existent one, has always been there, self-created and all sufficient. However, the method to deal with sin MUST have included our weakness, the flesh, by which we are a little lower than the angels.
This flesh created the method by which sin entered into the world.
Until man sinned, there was no need to deal with it in the flesh, but God knew that he one day would. Hence, the scriptures tell us that he prepared a body, a clay jar if you will, to house his Spirit. The method to deal with sin was the shedding (sprinkling) of blood. No Spirit has blood. Thus, the Spirit needed a human form (sinless according to the law of the prophets) and that body would be given as a sacrifice for the remission of the sins once and for all sinners. That body needed to be born of a woman according to scripture, yet all flesh is born in sin, hence the need for Him to create the body and place it in Mary's womb, bypassing the sin connection. God honors his word above his name because HE IS THE WORD, therefore, he knew that the body would need a name.
Until Jesus there never was a NAME for WHO God is, just identifiers for WHAT GOD IS. Hence, YHWH, or Yahweh, or Jehovah Jirah, or any of them only pointed to what God's nature was. Jesus points to Who he is. However that name, when applied to the flesh of Mary's baby, also connected an identifier to Mary's GOD. He was GOD IN FLESH. When he sacrificed upon the cross, his BODY was done away with, fulfilling its purpose..The body that now sits on the throne is one of flesh and BONE not flesh and BLOOD, as that cannot enter into the spirit realm. THUS, Jesus is "Just" a name...an identifier of the ONE TRUE GOD, and he operated as the Son, sits on the throne as the Father, and pulls all his glory into us through his SPIRIT (which understands now the true nature of flesh, having partaken of it, yet without sin). That's why Demons tremble! The NAME connects us to the true NATURE and pulls all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
Praise His HOLY NAME!
Elders Mark and Dana Neddeau