Names That Are Appropriate For God But Not For Man

There are some names and titles we use for man that ought to be reserved for God only:

1)Reverend-  There are NO men or women in the Bible who are associated with this title.  And praise His name, the name seems to be gradually phasing out in usage throughout the church.  The only people who call me “reverend” are folks who work in funeral homes.  I have always found the title to be inappropriate for myself, realizing my salvation is built upon the blood of Christ, and I am a mere sinner saved by His grace alone.  I feel sheepish when people call me reverend.  God is indeed reverend; mankind are sinners saved by grace.  By the way, the word reverend is in the Bible King James Version one time, and it appropriately refers to God:  Psalm 111:9 “He hath sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.”

2)Father-  In the spiritual sense, the Bible actually instructs us to call no man Father.  Are you listening to God’s word Catholic Church?  Matthew 23:9  “And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.”  This is how we address and salute God in the model prayer.  Matthew 6:9 “…..Our Father which art in heaven…”

3)Doctor-  Most of my pastor friends who have achieved doctorate degrees, share that their wives often quip: “My husband is not even a good nurse at home.”  The acceptance of doctorate degrees is common practice in Christian academia such as Christian schools, Bible Institutes and seminaries.  This is indeed appropriate whereby it validates the instructor’s qualifications to teach the subject at hand to the students.  The teacher must not let the advanced knowledge go to their head whereby they fall into the pitfall of pride.  Look at it this way: The teacher can place their degree(s) right next to their crowns at the feet of Jesus Christ at the Bema judgment seat.  Again it is the Lord God Almighty who is the Great Physician.  Jeremiah 8:22  “Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there?  why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?”

Titles can become a pride filled label if one is not careful and fails to walk humbly.  Read all of Matthew 23 where Jesus exposes the Pharisees.  Jesus mentioned that they loved to stand on the street corners while people shouted “Rabbi, Rabbi” at them.  (vs. 5-7)  They enjoyed the titles and the prestige that they felt went with the title.  What did Jesus say?  “He who is greatest among men is servant of all.”  We should never strive for ostentatious accolades.  We should pursue obscure servanthood and lift up our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  If you or I achieve a title, may we place it at the feet of Jesus along with any crowns we may be awarded at the Bema judgment seat.

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