Names of God

Elohim אלהים

God the Creator

The most high God

The only God

Elohim is the Supreme, the Eternal, the Almighty, the Creator of the universe and source of all life, the greatest force, the great I Am, the loving and living God to whom all power belongs.

The name Elohim (Greek Theos) unveiles a fulness of God, that can only be perceived bit by bit. He is a quantitative plural, the designation of unlimited greatness expressing the infinite abundance of power and strength which lie in God.

Apart from Yahweh, Elohim is the most widely used name for God and is used in the Old Testament, the Tanakh, 2570 times. Elohim is the plural name of God (plural of El and Eloah) in his quality as Creator of this world.

This mighty name of God comes in the Scriptures often in combination with the proper name Yahweh as the only God of Israel and of all people.

Genesis 1:1-3 (ESV)

In the beginning, God (Elohim) created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.

Deuteronomy 4:35 (ESV)

To you it was shown, that you might know that the Lord is God; there is no other besides him.

Deuteronomy 6:4+5 (ESV)

"Hear, O Israel: The Lord (JHWH) our God (Elohim), the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might."

Deuteronomy 7:9 (ESV)

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations...

Psalms 50:1+2 (ESV)

God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.

John 1:1-5 (ESV)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

John 1:9-18 (ESV)

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. - John bore witness about him, and cried out, "This was he of whom I said, "He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me."" - For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

Matthew 5:14-16 (ESV)

"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."