Jesus and what His name means in relation to God our Father’s Holy Name

The New Testament is great because that’s where we read about Jesus Christ which means “God (Jehovah) is salvation”

Acts 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.”

To have salvation you must call on the name of Jesus which means you are relating to God’s person and His work in his Son.

Now God’s holy name is not a holy incantation that you recite and get what you want but instead is a name with specific meaning and is important because it tells us the relation of the old testament  God our Father with the New Testament’s God’s son.

You may have heard the name of the Father as Yahweh or Yehovah and of course the popular Jehovah. No one knows for sure exactly how it was pronounced but it was likely close to the last two in my opinion. There is some merit in restoring the Tetragrammaton (YHWH) personal name of God back to the Bible in place of (LORD) if simply to help people relate how this name has significance to Jesus’ name.

Regardless God accepts your worship even if you refer to Him by one of His titles such as Father, God, Lord, etc. You are reading a place holder title name when you read the word all upper case LORD which is substituted for God’s personal name that has the definition meaning of “I Am” (YHWH).

So that is why you may hear arguments that whenever you encounter the name “LORD” in all upper case that it really should say God’s personal holy name that the orthodox Jews even today refuse to say in public and hide the name with another title for God called “Adonai.”

The tradition to replace the (YHWH) appears to have started among the Jews when the Romans outlawed the Hebrews from speaking this name in public as a copy cat law they gained from the Greeks. The Jews in turn decided to help protect their people from being executed by the Romans by substituting “Adonai” in the place of (YHWH). You can read about the Roman Emperor Hadrian and the evil he inflicted on the Hebrews here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadrian

Not long after Hadrian killed a Jewish Rabbi named Hanina by burning him at the stake for speaking God’s name in public the orthodox Jews initiated the practice of hiding God’s holy name and replacing it w/ the title Adonai.

gods-name-w-vowelsWhat started out as a Roman law proceeded to be something the Jews believed to have come about as a hedge of protection to prevent the holy name of God to be spoken in vain. Tradition has carried it through to the Bible we now read today but again just reciting a name without a faith in the one you believe in means nothing. The Jehovah Witnesses are a great example as they don’t acknowledge that Jesus is God yet make a big deal about his name. Jesus’ name actually means “Jehovah is salvation”…considering Jesus brought salvation to man as the person of God as only the Creator could do demonstrates his Godhead.

Only an infinite God could pay an infinite penalty for sin. It’s remarkable that the Bible teaches that after Jesus’ resurrection He still had the nail scarred hands from the crucifixion. And don’t forget as Creator He will have the unique ability to be able to resurrect our bodies and Spirits from the grave.

Again these traditions of men of replacing his personal name with (LORD) are not going to keep you from God if you worship God with any of His titles but knowing the history about God the Father’s personal name and how it relates to Jesus is great for a lesson in prophetic understanding of the Bible. All prophecy means is “revealing the truth” so it is not always a statement of something for the future. In this case regarding God’s holy name it does relate to the future name of the Messiah who we all know is Jesus.

Now Jesus is the Greek version of the Hebrew name Joshua. This name was already a popular New Testament name at the time and what it means is, “[Jehovah] is salvation.”

Again I use “Jehovah” because it’s close to how it probably sounded and Jehovah witnesses may listen to what I am saying and realize that Jesus is also God as the trinity doctrine points out.

We read in John that Jesus was “The Word” and was the “Creator” and he is referred to as the “LORD” in the Greek equivalent throughout the New Testament therefore we have quite a bit to go on that Jesus is able to save and resurrect our eternal souls because He is the Creator.

 “John 1:1 In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
2 He existed in the beginning with God.
3 God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
4 The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
5 The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.”

 

“So what is his name? God has many, each express a certain facet of His nature, his attributes. In the New Testament the angel told Joseph his name will be called Jesus (Y’shua) Mt.1:21 also in vs.25. (meaning God is salvation) But there are other names He is called. Mt.1:23 Also says his name will be called Immanuel (with us is God) a fulfillment of Isa. 7:14. Mt.1:25 says his name will be called Jesus, Luke 1:35 he will be called “the Son of God.” Isa.9:6His name will be called wonderful, counselor, mighty God, Father of eternity, prince of  peace.””

 

For more on this interesting topic read here: http://www.letusreason.org/JW14.htm

To read a messianic prophecy in the Aleppo Codex check this out: http://www.bible-researcher.com/aleppo-isaiah.html

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