20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
21 “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.
22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:
23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
In these passages we have two distinct references to the Lord. Verse 20 states that Joseph was to name Mary’s child Jesus. Verse 23 references Isaiah the prophet and calls the child to come Immanuel. Why two names? The names reveal two separate manifestations of the Lord to us.
In the Old Testament God revealed Himself in many ways by many different names. For example, God was revealed to the patriarchs as El Shaddai, which means the Almighty, or All Sufficient One. In Exodus God reveals Himself to Moses on a higher plane:
2 God spoke further to Moses and said to him, “I am the LORD;
3 and I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God Almighty (El Shaddai), but by My name, LORD (Jehovah), I did not make Myself known to them.
God was bringing a new manifestation of Himself to His people and the name He chose revealed that manifestation. Jehovah means The Existing One, I Am that I Am. His reality spans the past, present and future. He is the ever present One who manifests Himself in the present, which means we serve a God we can know right now, not just historically. As stated, there are many, many combinations in the Old Testament of the name Jehovah. They all reveal something unique about God.
When Christ came into the world it was another unique manifestation of the same God. He was revealing Himself in a new way. The name Jesus means Jehovah is Salvation. Thus, Jesus coming into the world opened the door for salvation for all mankind.
2nd Cor. 5:
7 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
18 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation,
19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. We know God as our Savior because that’s the way He has revealed Himself to us. Through the name Jesus we receive the forgiveness of sins. It’s through the name of Jesus that the majority of Christianity relates to God.
The name Immanuel is not so well known among Christians. Immanuel means God With Us. We find the perfect expression of Immanuel is Rev. 21:
1 ¶ Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.
2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,
4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”
5 And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”
6 Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.
7 “He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.
Immanuel is the revelation of God in His people. It’s fulfillment is found in Col 1:
24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.
25 Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God,
26 that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints,
27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
We know God through the revelation of Jesus before we know Him as Immanuel. Most of Christianity continues to relate to God through the revelation of Jesus. If we do not go on to experience the revelation of Immanuel, God With Us, we remain in an infant stage spiritually. The eternal purpose of God is to He inhabit His people, indwelling them until all that is Adam is eradicated. This indwelling is to be a literal experience for us, not a theoretical doctrine.
1 ¶ Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.
In verse two Paul says we have obtained our introduction by faith into God’s grace, and we exult in hope of the glory of God. This verse says it all. Our receiving Christ into our lives is but an introduction into grace. It’s not the end, but the beginning. From this introduction we begin to exult in HOPE of the glory of God. As we make the transition from relating to God through Jesus our Savior to Immanuel, God with us, many changes take place in us. “We” perpetually decrease, and He increases in us. This hope of the glory of God is our goal. It is “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” We also have the following passages from Hebrews 2.
10 ¶ For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.
11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren.
Verse 11 is a sleeper. We want it to really come alive to us. He who sanctifies, meaning Christ within us, and those we are sanctified, meaning us, are both from the same Father, or the same essence. The word Father in this passage is implied, it reads literally, “we are both from one.” We are both from the same nature because Christ in us is the divine nature. All of this experience is contingent upon ceasing to relate to a God outside of ourselves. God is in us. Jesus made the statement, “What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” He made this statement when questioned by the Pharisees concerning marriage. This verse has mystical overtones and goes deeper than just natural marriage. God has joined us together with Christ. We are one spirit with Him. The passage then says that what God has joined together, let no man separate. The “man” is mystically the old, Adamic nature. Let not the religious Adam in us make a separation between us and God. We are not separate! We have been joined together with God through Christ. This is the revelation of Immanuel, God with us.