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The signification of calling upon the name of God," is as being worship (AC 440). They who were of the Ancient Church did not by a name understand the name, but all the quality (AC 144, 145, 440, 768, 1754, 1896, 2009); and thus by the name of God all that in one complex by which God was worshiped, consequently everything of love and faith; but when the internal of worship perished, and only the external remained, they then began to understand by the name of God nothing else than the name, so much so that they worshiped the name itself, feeling no care about the love and the faith from which they worshiped. On this account the nations began to distinguish themselves by the names of their gods; and the Jews and Israelites set themselves up above the rest, because they worshiped Jehovah, placing the essential of worship in uttering the name and invoking it, when in truth the worship of a name only is no worship, and may also be found among the worst of men, who thereby profane the more.
 But as by the name of God everything of worship is signified, that is, everything of love and faith from which He is worshiped, it is therefore evident what is meant by hallowed be Thy Name, in the Lord's Prayer (Matt. 6:9) also by what the Lord said:--
Ye shall be hated for My name's sake (Matt. 10:22).
If two shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in the heavens; for where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them (Matt. 18:19, 20).
Every one that hath left houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall inherit eternal life (Matt. 19:29).
Hosanna to the Son of David! blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord (Matt. 21:9).
Jesus said, Ye shall not see Me henceforth till ye shall say, Blessed is He that cometh In the name of the Lord (Matt. 23:39).
Ye shall be hated of all nations for My name's sake and then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another (Matt. 24:9, 10).
As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, to them that believe on His name (John 1:12).
He that believeth not is judged already, because he hath not believed on the name of the only begotten Son of God (John 3:18).
Jesus said, Whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do (John 14:14, 15; 15:16; 16:23, 24, 26, 27).
Jesus said, I have manifested Thy name unto the men (John 17:6).
Holy Father, keep them in Thy name whom Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, as We are (John 17:11, 12).
I have made known unto them Thy name, and will make it known; that the love wherewith Thou hast loved Me may be in them, and I in them (John 17:26).
That ye may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye may have life in His name (John 20:31).
Besides very many passages in the Old Testament, in which by the name of Jehovah and of God the name is not meant, but everything of love and faith from which is worship.
 But they who worship a name only, without love and faith, are thus spoken of in Matthew:--
Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied by Thy name, and by Thy name have cast out demons, and in Thy name done many mighty works? But I will confess unto them, I know you not; depart from Me ye that work iniquity (Matthew 7:22, 23).
When as before said the men of the church became external, from being internal, and began to place worship in a name alone, they then no longer acknowledged one God, but many. For it was a common thing for the ancients to add something to the name of Jehovah, and thereby call to mind some benefit or attribute of His, as in the passage before us, he called upon the name of the God of eternity; and in chapter 22, Abraham called the name of that place, Jehovah-jireh, that is, Jehovah shall see (Genesis 22:14). Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah-nissi, that is, Jehovah my banner (Exod. 17:15); Gideon built an altar there unto Jehovah, and called it Jehovah-shalom that is, Jehovah of peace (Judges 6:24); besides other places. From this it came to pass that they who placed worship in a name only, acknowledged so many gods; and also that among the Gentiles, especially in Greece and at Rome, so many gods were acknowledged and worshiped whereas the Ancient Church, from which the epithets emanated, never worshiped but one God, reverenced under so many names, because by the name they understood the quality.
from AC 2724
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