Joh 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus G2424 is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
Act 3:16 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
Act 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Act 10:43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
Strong’s G2424 – Original: Ἰησοῦς – Transliteration: Iesous – Phonetic: ee-ay-sooce’
– Definition: Jesus = Jehovah is salvation 1. Jesus, the son of God, the saviour of mankind, God incarnate 2. Jesus Barabbas was the captive robber whom the Jews begged Pilate to release instead of christ 3. Joshua was the famous captain of the Israelites, Moses’ successor (Act_7:45, Heb_4:8) 4. Jesus, son of Eliezer, one of the ancestors of christ (Luk_3:29) 5. Jesus, surnamed Justus, a Jewish Christian, an associate with Paul in the preaching of the gospel (Col_4:11)
– Origin: of hebrew origin H3091
Strong’s H3091 Original: יהושׁע יהושׁוּע – Transliteration: Y@howshuwa` – Phonetic: yeh-ho-shoo’-ah
– Definition: Yahshua or Yahoshua = Jehovah is salvation n pr m 1. son of Nun of the tribe of Ephraim and successor to Moses as the leader of the children of Israel; led the conquest of Canaan 2. a resident of Beth-shemesh on whose land the Ark of the Covenant came to a stop after the Philistines returned it 3. son of Jehozadak and high priest after the restoration 4. governor of Jerusalem under king Josiah who gave his name to a gate of the city of Jerusalem – Origin: from H3068 and H3467
Strong’s H3068 – Original: יהוה – Transliteration: Yahovah – Phonetic: yah-ho-vaw’
– Definition: Yehovah = the existing one 1. the proper name of the one true God
Strong’s H3467 – Original: ישׁע – Transliteration: Yasha` – Phonetic: yaw-shah’
– Definition: 1. to save, be saved, be delivered a. (Niphal) 1. to be liberated, be saved, be delivered 2. to be saved (in battle), be victorious b. (Hiphil) 1. to save, deliver 2. to save from moral troubles 3. to give victory to
In today’s religious climate it is not hard to find someone who will tell you that:
a. If you don’t pronounce the Messiah’s name a certain way you are blaspheming/going to hell.
b. Jesus means “hail Zeus”
c. Jesus is ok because he knows who I mean.
d. That’s not what it means to me.
All of these statements I have heard personally at one time or another when the “Name” subject comes up. I am not interested in debating anyone on their choices in this matter because I have found it bears no fruit to do so. I will express my thoughts here though because after all that is what a blog is for.
First and foremost all of the Disciples and the Messiah himself were Hebrews. They grew up in a Hebrew culture and spoke and thought in the Hebrew language. Therefore I believe we need to understand everything they say and do from a Hebrew perspective to get the most out of our reading. As demonstrated above the English name Jesus is a translation of a Greek translation of a common Hebrew name. The problem with this as I see it is Jesus, the name, means nothing no matter how you break it down in English. The Hebrew Yahshua on the other hand has a very specific meaning in the language, “Yahs-salvation”.
Knowing that friends and neighbors would have called our Messiah something like Yeshua ben Yosip ben Dawid, gives much more meaning about who he is then Jesus. In the eastern part of the world in bible days as well as today a name has great importance and meaning to the individual. It identifies him in relation to his family, clan, and even his occupation at times. Knowing Yeshua was a son of David is another reason he qualifies to be the Messiah.
Does not using Yeshua or Yahshua cause you to loose your salvation? I am not qualified to answer that, only God Himself has that authority. What I do believe is that each layer we peal back between us, in the 21st century English speaking culture we live in, and the 1st century Hebrew culture where our Scriptures come from, will gain us measurable growth in our understanding of Scripture. We will also be able to experience a closer relationship with the Father and the Son through their words that have been given us.
Any important relationship requires effort and diligence on a person’s part. Our heavenly father has done his part by preserving and giving us his Word now it is up to us to work to get the most out of it that we can in order to truly know Him.