1. Amen : These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God (Revelation 3:14). This name of our Lord Jesus speaks of the Saviour’s trustworthiness and faithfulness. All He speaks is true, all He reveals is certain and dependable, all He promises will most surely come to pass.
2. Bishop : For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls (1 Peter 2:25). That Christ is the Bishop of our never-dying souls points to His role as overseer, protector and guide of the elect of God committed into His charge in covenant purpose by God the Father, before the foundation of the world.
3. Only Potentate : Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords (1 Timothy 6:15). Our Lord is the mighty One with whom there is no equal. How weak our trust is when we worry and fret as though Our Great King’s power was somehow diminished.
4. Dayspring : Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us (Luke 1:78). Dawn brings light, warmth and hope. The fears of the night have passed away. The promise of a new day lays before us. Light shines on our path to enable our progress. In mercy God sent His dearly beloved Son to shine into our lives and guide us into the warmth of His love.
5. Messenger of the Covenant : Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts (Malachi 3:1). Christ, the delight of His Church and Bride has come to His temple. He is both the sum of the everlasting covenant of peace and its bearer to God’s people, who dwell in Him and He in them.
6. Rabboni : Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master (John 20:16). There is meaning here beyond mere respect in the astonished exclamation of Mary. She honours her Lord as highly as words will express as the significance of His wise and successful mission of redemption dawns upon her mind.
7. Refiner : And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver … (Malachi 3:2, 3). The Lord Jesus separates men from men, good from evil and cleanses His people by taking every impurity, every imperfection, every sin from them and carrying them all Himself. And though His people be brought through fires of trial, He walks with them in the furnace.
8. Sceptre : … a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth (Numbers 24:17). A sceptre is a rod or crook carried by a king and symbolic of his shepherding care of his people. It may also suggest a pen by which a judgment is written. So the Lord Jesus Christ shepherds His little flock and records every offence against them by their enemies in this world.
9. Tried Stone : Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation (Isaiah 28:16). Our Saviour is the solid rock upon which His people are fitly built together in the church. He is tried and found sufficient for every trouble, trial and threat. When floods rise to shake the building the tried and tested stone stands firm.
Peter Meney is the Pastor of New Focus Church Online and the Editor of "New Focus Magazine" and publisher of sovereign grace material under the Go Publications imprint. The purpose and aim of the magazine and books is to spread as widely as possible the gospel of Jesus Christ and the message of free, sovereign grace found in the Holy Bible, the Word of God.