I often get questions like “Why does the Church of God use the name Ahnsahnghong instead of Jesus?” or “Does the Church of God not believe in Jesus?” It is understandable for people to have these questions because they are much more familiar with the name Jesus than Ahnsahnghong. However, using the name of Ahnsahnghong doesn’t mean that the Church of God doesn’t believe in Jesus Christ. It just believes in the new name of Jesus.
The Name of God changes in each age
If you think Jesus is the only name of the Savior, please try to answer this question. Before Jesus Christ came, which name had people of God used when they prayed and worshiped? The answer is Jehovah which is often referred to as Yahweh. The Old Testament Bible testifies that Jehovah is the only name of God and the Savior.
Exo 6:2 (ASV) And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am Jehovah…
Isa 43:11(ASV) I, even I, am Jehovah; and besides me there is no saviour.
Psa 116:4 Then called I upon the name of Jehovah: O Jehovah, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.
The above verses clearly show that the name of God and Savior in the Old Testament times was Jehovah and people of God used this name when they prayed to God. However, in the New Testament, the Bible states that the name of the Savior is Jesus Christ and people of God should pray in His name.
Act 4:10-12 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified…Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.
John 16:24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
Here, we see another name “Jesus” and Apostle Peter testified that it was the only name given to people for salvation. Also Christ told disciples to pray in His name not in the name of Jehovah before going back to heaven. This can be quite confusing at first because in one verse the Bible says that Jehovah is the only name of the Savior and in another, it says Jesus was the only name of the Savior. Then, why are there different names of the Savior?
Ecc 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
The Bible testifies that there is a time for everything under the heavens. The name of God is no exception. In each age, God uses a different name for the salvation of people. For this reason, Jesus taught us there is more than one name of God.
There are Three names of God
Matt 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
If you read this verse carefully, you can see that there are three names of God- the name of the Father, the name of the Son, and the name of the Holy Spirit. Then, why are there three names of God? It is because there are three ages in the Bible. In the age of the Father, the name of the Father was used. In the age of the Son, the name of the Son was used. Then in the age of the Holy Spirit, the name of the Holy Spirit should be used. Therefore, in order to understand God’s work of redemption, we need to know all three names. Then, what is the name of the Father? It is Jehovah. What is the name of the Son? Of course, Jesus Christ. Then, what is the name of the Holy Spirit? It is the new name of Jesus testified in Revelation.
The Bible testifies about the new name of Jesus
Rev 3:11-12 I am coming soon…and I will also write on them my new name.
Rev 2:17 …I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.
This is the revelation of Jesus Christ (Rev 1:1). He clearly mentioned that when he comes, he would have His new name. In Rev 2:17, He said He would give a white stone with a new name. In the Bible, the stone means Christ (Acts 4:11). Therefore, this means that Christ would come with a new name.
The new name of Jesus is Ahnsahnghong
Then what is the new name of Jesus? Obviously the new name cannot be Jesus or Jehovah since they were already used. It should be a name that has never been used before. Then can we find that exact name in the Bible? The answer is no. According to Rev 2:17, this name will be given only to those who receive Him. If it is written in the book, everyone will get it whether they accept Him or not. Also even Jesus’ name which Christians regard as the Savior’s name was never recorded in the Old Testament. Then, how can we find out the new name of Jesus?
John 5:39 You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me
The Bible teaches that the Scriptures which mean the Bible testify about Christ. This means that through the prophecies of the Bible, we can recognize the true Savior testified in the Bible. Because Jesus fulfilled the prophecies of the Bible (1 Cor 15:3-4), disciples could recognize Him as the Savior and Christ. The Bible also says that the same Christ would come a second time to bring salvation (Heb 9:28). Then how can we recognize Him? Also through the prophecies of the Bible. The one who fulfilled all the prophecies of Second coming Christ is Christ Ahnsahnghong. Because He fulfilled all these prophecies, He is the Second Coming Christ and His name is the new name and the name of the Holy Spirit. If you would like to see what prophecies fulfilled by Him, please check out the following links.
In conclusion, Church of God believes in Jesus Christ but uses His new name according to the teachings of Revelations. 2000 years ago, those who held on to the name Jehovah and rejected the name Jesus could not receive salvation (Acts 4:10-12). In this age too, only those who receive the new name of the Savior can receive salvation. If you would like to learn more about this, please visit the nearest Church of God and have a Bible study. You will clearly understand how important using the new name is.