The Name of Jesus

Posted on July 28, 2010

Recently an interesting question was asked about the name “Jesus” in the comments of one of our stories here. The topic wasn’t really relevant to the story but it is very interesting so I have decided to publish it here.

If you aren’t interested in the subject please feel free to go on to the other stories. I am sure that many of our readers will be interested in this so this post is for all of those folks.

Comment by Dave:

Did you guys know that the name �Jesus� is only about 600 years old, the letter �J� didn�t even exist prior to that. The problem is that �Jesus� lived about 2000 years ago so how could that have been His name? Why do people adopt this false name? Perhaps its a lack of knowledge. Shouldn�t we be calling him by the name that the apostles used? In the book of Peter it says that there is only ONE name through which we must be saved! What authority do we have to distort His name?

Will someone knowledgeable on the subject please respond, I�m totally confused as to why we use this name because IT DOES matter according to Scripture.

Response from “Brother Mark”

Hi Dave,

Lets enter into discussion about this, maybe you can teach me!

The Bible, if you believe, contains the name of Jesus in so many scriptures. We also know that in heaven, Jesus Christ is called the Word. I�m aware of the name �Yeshua,� which from open source states, �Yeshua is the original Hebrew proper name for Jesus of Nazareth, a Jewish Rabbi (and more) who lived from about 6 B.C.E. to 27 C.E. (A.D.) In other words, Yeshua was the name His mother (Mary) called Him when she called Him for supper.
John 1:1, �In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.�

We (believers) are called to pray, heal the sick, cast out demons, and do the works of God in the name of Jesus Christ.

Paul clearly demonstrates in Acts 16:18, �Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her

Philippians 2:10, �That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth�

Mathew 1:18-25, �Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.�

It is by this name, unlike any other name under heaven, that we have eternal life and all power over the devil.

In Acts 4:12, �Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.�

Who is salvation, my brother Dave? It is the one who was called Jesus of Nazareth. He hung on the cross and gave us, those who believe, the gift of eternal life.

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth� (Philippians 2:9-10 NIV).

God raised Jesus from the dead and �seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet� (Ephesians 1:20-23 NIV).

The Son is the radiance of God�s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. (Hebrews 1:3-4 NIV)

There is no distortion, my brother, only love and grace in Jesus Christ.
Be blessed!

Copyright 2010

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29 Responses to “The Name of Jesus”
  1. Pat says:

    I love this whole topic and explanation! thank you both!

    • Caretaker says:

      I too think it is an interesting discussion/topic. I just got a new book a few days ago titled Jesus The Explosive Story of the 30 Lost Years and the Ancient Mystery Religions (from ) I have always been fascinated with things like that.

  2. trolldoll says:

    that is a very interesting fact that i did not know! i have been studying with the jehova witnesses and i will ask them. they get their bible from the hebrew version. also they believe that jesus was the angel michael before he was born here on earth. but please let’s not argue this point. there have been so many heated discussions about religion. i would be sad if it turned into a belief bashing!!

    • Caretaker says:

      Thanks trolldoll – No there will be no bashing or fighting in this thread, any such comments will not be approved. The way I see it if folks want to discuss this like adults then fine, if not they can go on to other stories or websites.

    • Apostleled says:

      Trolldoll while studying with the jehovah witnesses pay close attention to the doctrine on being disdiscipled where Gods grace runs out for you. If you sin you have to sit in the back of the church and noone can speak to you if you continue to sin they will kick you out. Also they believe if you are disdiscipled you will not be saved when Jesus returns. these doctrine on Gods grace running out is not the God I know but they are loving people and I believe many other things like thier view on death is truth. But the Truth is I dont have it right and I never will actually no one will and If they claim there way is right and every one else is wrong I see no love in that only pride. There translation of the bible is there own they came up with to fit there beliefs I would suggest using computer software bible that has all translations available including original greek and Hebrew and you can compare the greek words with the translated words or the old testament is in Hebrew and you can translate them for yourself. Always ask the spirit of God to lead you to discern his word and not others opinions including mine.

  3. trolldoll says:

    thanks caretaker! trolldoll puts two thumb up :)

  4. mr pop says:

    think you for interesting fact and i now believe in god it open my eyes to to god

  5. Caretaker says:

    I find it really strange that so many people want to comment about Jesus and the Bible on just about any story posted but they dont seem to be interested in commenting on a post that is actually about the subject. Hello?

    • trolldoll says:

      how many ghost stories are in the bible? not the holy ghost, but paranormal. i think they are two entirely different things. i mean if you have your place blessed by a church leader, that’s one thing. i’ve seen comments that refer to people who don’t believe in ghosts, but they come here and tell you to pray and they are for sure that God or jesus with stop the activity. if you are seeing and feeling paranormal, how is religion going to stop the activity, when usually nothing else does. five years ago, my house was quite active, now nothing. i wonder why? i didn’t pray for it to stop. yes, i have been studying with the jehova’s but i don’t think there mear presences stopped it either. anywho, they are two entirely different things. we need to stick to the subject at hand. good point c.t.

  6. Gregory Brown says:

    God has many names, mostly mentioned in the Old Testament, each name having a particular quality or character of God. Yeshua is the name of the Son of Man(otherwise known as the Son of God, that spent His life on Earth so that many other people may follow Him, unashamed of their sins, as their sins have been washed away. The word eschew means “to shun: avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of sin, of living worldly.”

    The Old Testament is a treasure trove of stories of and about God.

  7. independent says:

    GOD has many names…..

  8. Big Chief says:

    Hmm, I think Jesus was a Greek translation of the name Yeshua if I stand corrected. There was no “J” in Hebrew back when “Yeshua” was living so his real name is definitely not Jesus. I don’t even believe they were called “Jews” back then either cause there was no “J” in Hebrew in those days. The Arabs today call Jews “Yahud”. The God was called pronounced “Yahweh” in Hebrew. Just like the Jacob of the Bible was really called “Yacob”. Somewhere down the line someone decided to change the names of everything and add the “J” and took away the “Y”. Alot of people in the Bible were semetic peoples and their names were changed to European sounding names.

    I don’t trust the Paul of the Bible. That guy has always been fishy to me. Alot of the things he writes in the Bible makes no sense and is contradictory.

  9. Josh says:

    Jesus’ name was Yeshua. (Joshua) No, there was no “j” back then, but there was also no “u.” Does that mean that there were no “aqUaducts?” To say that Jesus didn’t exist because there was no j is idiotic. Jesus is what we translate His name into in English. Don’t forget that that Bible was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. Using your logic, there was no Judea either because the letter “j” didn’t exist.

    And, no, the Jews were called Israelites or Hebrews back then. The use of using their race/religion interchangeably is pretty recent as well.

    • Big Chief says:

      I think really we give names power or enpower names by repeating them many times. If his name was really “Yeshua” yet people call on “Jesus” to banish demons and it works then what does that tell you. Well for me it tells me that humans may be the ones that empower those names. Maybe the power lies in the human and not the name, moreso.. Before Jesus existed, humans were still being possessed or encountered demons. They used other names and magic as well to get rid of those demons. Jesus is not the only way. He is one of many ways or maybe the power is not in the name of “Jesus” but is within you, the human. Nowadays, people use the name of Jesus so much and I believe that by people using “Jesus” name we gave the name power. All other civilizations use different names and methods to “battle demons” and it works as well..

  10. Sean says:

    Thanks for the link you gave me when I commented on this under another post! Props to you caretaker.

  11. ANNE says:

    The name JESUS is the name above any name. If there is not a name like Jesus why do you think the DEVIL HATE that name? i will tell you why, because ther’s POWER in the name of JESUS!!!!!!!!

  12. Glad to help says:

    I really feel that the name Jesus or Yeshua is very powerful. When I do intercessory prayers I normally preface my prayers with “In the Name of Jesus (Yeshua) I ask that …..”. I also feel that the more I build up a relationship with Yeshua, the more protected I feel. I suppose that last statement sounds really odd, but I can only speak from my own experiences which lead me to believe this.
    love and light

    • Sean says:

      Both names are very powerful! When I use Yeshua it just feels better to me personally! Not many use it but the power of the word to me is infinate! You can use both no doubt, I prefer to use his name as it was before the translation, just a personal belief of mine.

  13. sharayah says:

    Has any one heard the name Yahaw that is christ name in Hebrew but a dead Hebrew language just like latin is a dead language there’s a Hebrew language that’s dead too.Hebrew liraelites was not called jews. Y is not a part of the hebrew language but when they translated the books of the Bible out of hebrew to,latin,greek to English that’s when J came in to play ;) .but to trolldoll,if you read the bible you would know it has a lot of stories with demons and unclean spirits. they got delt with. i could on on but a lot of people will be very upset and i would be going off topic anyways.God bless.

  14. sharayah says:

    (Yahawah) old hebrew language not spoken any more.dead like got translated from latin to greek then to english.then they replaced Y with J but what,i dont understand is why did they replace Y with J is Y new ??? :| anyways the most high goes by may names in the bible :)

  15. jk says:

    Everything about Jesus is awesome and He has actually been around since before God made the earth. When He saielamid, come let Us make, He was not talking about His angels when He said Us. Read Isaiah and you will read about Jesus thousands of years before He walked the earth. We can factually believe in Christ life death and resurrection because it was only 2000 years ago.
    Here is a real true fact for you that most people do not realize. muhommed, the prophet of islam, did not come along until 200-300 years after the death and ressurrection of Jesus. There was no iIslam when Christ walked the earth. So many naive people think that Islam is an ancient religion. They are only fooled on that because muhammed tried to use the first part of our Judeo-Christian Bible with a few misleading statements to make it fit his purposes. Their prophet died and has never come back just like all other except Christ Jesus and I know that He is alive because He lives within me. Sorry if I offended anyone but Christ told us in the Bible that the Gospel would offend those who do not understand.

  16. Stan says:

    The bible is chock full of names that include the letter J. – Jacob, Joshua, Jehosaphat, Jericho, Jordan, Jeremiah, John, Jedidiah, Jesse, Joab, Jonah – the list is truly exhausting. How can that be if the letter J didn’t exist? I’ll tell you – it has everything to do with pronunciation. Ever look at the Germanic language? How do Germans pronounce the word Jello? They pronounce it Yellow. And they pronounce the word that is spelled Yellow as Jello. The name Yahweh in many languages would be pronounced “Jah-vay”. Just because Jesus’ name is being mispronunced, or pronounced differently, doesn’t make it any less real, authentic, or powerful. It has nothing to do with the spelling or pronunciation – it is all about the embodiment of God in human flesh. it’s not like demons are gonna go: “Wait – did you say Jesus, or Hay-zeus? Cause, if you didn’t say his name correctly, we are not going home”

  17. imdorky13 says:

    I’m not very versed in these types of discussions, but I would like to point out just one thing. Before I do that, I believe in the Holy Bible, and I believe in Jesus Christ. The point I wanted to make is this:
    The people who wrote the Bible were inspired by God to write what they wrote in their own words, HOWEVER…it is a fact that there are lost books, that are not published. (You can find them online if you’re interested) This MAY possibly be where human error comes into play. Is it possible that a name got mixed up in translation? I do not know. Is it possible that it is just a dead language? I do not know either…as I said i’m new to these types of discussions but I just wanted to put some word for thought in with everyone else. Thanks, and God Bless

  18. Anonymous says:

    Now if i am asked to pray without mentioning the name of Jesus, what should I do?

    • Stan says:

      I think you know the answer to that question. God has made it clear that the only path to him is through his son Jesus Christ. You can pray all day – but if you are not praying to and through Jesus, you’re wasting your time.

  19. brannon says:

    better to go down the fine road!!!!

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