The Name of Jesus

The correct spelling, usage and definition of Jesus’ name may be rather inconsequential to some. For others, it can be a great opportunity to gain insight into God’s character. This study can not only help us provide clarity into the linguistic context of the English bible but perhaps more importantly, it can help us understand the implications of his eternal name.

Have you ever heard a preacher use the name Jehoshua when referring to Jesus? (spelling may vary; Jehoshuah; Yahushua; Yhowshuwa; Yhowshua) Have you ever wondered why “Yhowshua” (Hebrew) was later translated to “Jesus” (derived from Greek)? What is the spiritual significance, and what do the many names and titles of our Lord God imply?

What anyone who researches this topic will find is that the 66 books that comprise the many variations of the Holy Bible were written in a time long before the English language had first begun to surface. English as we know it today did not exist during the times of the apostles. In fact, it did not first begin to surface until hundreds of years after the time of Christ. Over the centuries, following the time of Christ’s ministry, the translations evolving through the English vernacular took on many forms.

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The historical context given for the name of Jesus Christ above can only begin to tell the full story. When researching the extent of His awesome and eternal name many more items need to be taken into consideration. In the Holy Bible, there are many dozens of names and titles given by the various authors of the ancient texts. The most well-known are listed below. To finish, we will close this chapter with what may very well be the most important aspect of the name of Jesus in all of scripture.

Old Testament Names and Titles for God

Lord over all – Adonai [136] – Genesis 15:2
God – Elohim [430] – Genesis 1:1
Lord – Yahweh/Jehovah [3068] – Genesis 6:5
Lord God – Jehovah, Elohim – [3068/430] – Genesis 2:4
Lord will Provide – Jehovah Jireh [3070] – Genesis 22:14
Lord my Banner – Jehovah Nissi [3071] – Exodus 17:15
Lord of Righteousness – Jehovah Tsidkenu [3072] – Jeremiah 23:6; 33:16
Lord of Peace – Jehovah Shalom [3073] – Judges 6:24
Lord of Truth – Jehovah Shammah [3074] – Exodus 48:35
Everlasting God – El Olam [5769] – Genesis 21:33; Jeremiah 10:10; Isaiah 26:4
Most High God – El Elyon [5945] – Genesis 14:18-22; Psalm 57:2; 78:35
Lord of Hosts – Jehovah Tsaba [6635] – 1 Samuel 1:3
Lord who Sanctifies – Jehovah Qadash [6942] – Exodus 31:13
Lord Sheppard – Jehovah Raaw [7462] – Genesis 48:15; 49:24; Psalm 23:1; 80:1
Lord of Healing – Jehovah Rapha [7495] – Exodus 15:26
Lord God Almighty – El Shaddai [7706] – Genesis 17:1; 28:3; 35:11; 43:14; 48:3
Righteous Servant – Isaiah 53:11
Man of Sorrows – Isaiah 53:3-5

During the time of Christ’s ministry and the Acts of the Apostles recorded in the 27 books of the New Testament, God is known by many additional names and titles. Below are a few of these names and titles not arranged in any particular order.

New Testament Names and Titles for God

Lord – Romans 10:13; Joel 2:32; Luke 2:11
God – Hebrews 1:8
Savior – 2 Peter 1:1; Titus 2:13; Luke 1:47
Emanuel – Matthew 1:23
I AM – John 8:24; 8:58
God in the Flesh – 1 Timothy 3:16
True God – John 5:20
Nazarene – Matthew 2:23; 21:11
Son of Man – John 8:28; Matthew 10:33
The Resurrection and the Life – John 11:25
The Almighty – Revelation 1:8
Creator – Colossians 1:16; John 1
Lamb of God – John 1:29; Revelation 5:12; 7:9; 13:8
Messiah – John 4:25
High Priest – Hebrews 3:1; 4:14
The Builder – Hebrews 3:3; Matthew 16:18
Image of the Invisible God – Colossians 1:5
Chief Corner Stone – 1 Peter 2:6
Governor – Matthew 2:6
Mediator – 1 Timothy 2:5
Intercessor – Hebrews 7:25
Advocate – 1 John 2:1
Deliverer – Romans 11:26
The Head of the Body – Colossians 1:18; 2:10; Ephesians 4:14; 1 Corinthians 11:3
Lion of the tribe of Judah – Revelation 5:5
Lord of the Sabbath – Luke 6:5
Prince of Life – Acts 3:15
The Judge – Acts 17:31; 2 Timothy 4:8
Alpha and Omega – Revelation 1:8

So many names… so many titles… Could there be something we are missing? Could there be a name above all names? Did you know the bible tells us Jesus has a name that no man has ever known? Let’s put aside the fact that Joshua, not Jesus, could have been a better rendering from the ancient texts. Could it also be possible there is an even greater flaw wherein modern Christianity is using His name inappropriately?

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One thought on “The Name of Jesus

  1. Magdalen Dugan, author, Lift My Eyes (Elm Hill 2019) & Homeless: The Truth? (Genesis 2023)

    Thank you for this discussion, Phillip. The Name of our Lord, God, and Savior is the most powerful word we can speak. Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us!

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