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Is His name the Word of God?

Submitted: 2/22/2008
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Question: Revelation 19:13 says, 'And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.' Does this means that the rider's name is the Word of God.

Answer: The description of the triumphant Jesus in Revelation 19 is full of dramatic imagery. His clothing is said to be dipped in blood, an allusion to the blood He shed on Calvary for our salvation. He is said to have a sharp two-edged sword projecting from His mouth, an allusion to the quick and powerful words He speaks. But these word pictures do not means His clothing has literally been dipped in 2000-year-old blood or that a literal sword procedes from His mouth. In similar fashion, the One who is said to be the 'Word made flesh' is designated by the descriptive title, The Word of God. This is designed to show who He is, not to replace the name Jesus.