The name of Jesus

Jesus and Christ Pagan?

“We have a book here that claims the name Jesus should be Joshua and that both Jesus and Christ both come from pagan rituals. Could you comment? – A.S., MS”

Jesus is a Greek word. It does indeed correspond with the Hebrew word, Joshua. And, the name was not uncommon until one unique individual was given that name. “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). The Son of God was given that name because of what it indicates, that He will be a Savior to the world. Although other people were named Joshua and Jesus, the Jesus of the New Testament is unique.

The same principle applies to the term Christ. This is also a Greek word that translates the Hebrew word, Messiah. The Messiah was the chosen one, picked by God to redeem and lead His people. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew, the New Testament in Greek. So, many of the concepts from the Old Testament took on Greek names and meanings. But, again, this title is given, not by pagan religions (some of whom may have used the terms) but by God. “Today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). – David Thurman

Excerpted from Volume 63, Number 3 of Gospel Minutes. Gospel Minutes is a publication originating from Forth Worth, Texas; Clem Thurman, Editor, David Thurman, Associate Editor.

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Jesus: There’s Something Special About That Name

A while back I read a story about a North Carolina “pastor” who was asked to be the honorary chaplain during a session of his state’s legislature. People being invited to lead prayer for governmental bodies happens all the time, but something else happened that sadly seems to be occurring more and more often – his invitation was vetoed after his prayer was “reviewed” because he refused to leave out the name of Jesus at the end. I would’ve done the same thing, because when it comes to Christianity, the Bible is clear…there’s something special about the name of Jesus!

Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.” (Matthew 18:4-5)

And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.” (Matthew 19:29)

For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” (Mark 9:41)

Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:46-47)

And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:13-14)

but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:31)

And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’” (Acts 2:21)

Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.” (Acts 19:4-5)

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17)

Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”” (2 Timothy 2:19)

I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.” (1 John 2:12)

And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”” (Matthew 1:21)

Whether people want to hear the name or not, there is authority, promise, rewards, encouragement, boldness, good will, salvation, holiness and so much more found only in the special name of Jesus. EA

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There Will Never Be Another Name Like His Name

Many people sing the song that says, “There is a name I love to hear…” but do they mean it? They should, and we all should! Why’s that? Because there’s no name like the name Jesus!

Some in the religious world love to quibble over whether Jesus should be called ‘Yeshua’. Short sightedness! Why not call Him “Iesous” instead? That’s how we English speakers write what the Greek has recorded! What’s next? We have to learn to read the scriptures in the original languages you say? Hasn’t something like that been tried before??? At the end of the day when it comes to this “pronunciation, configuration and allegation situation” Titus 3:9 sounds better to me.

People need to realize that the power isn’t in the pronunciation – the power is in the person (Matthew 1:20-21).

Understand this: There’s been more than one Jesus, Yeshua, Iesous (Ιησούς), Hesus, Jesús, 耶穌, Íosa, 예수, Иисус, यीशु, Isa, Gesù, Ježíš, يسوع , תשווע to live life. But there’s only been one of those people who defeated death.

That’s the reason why there’s only one name given among men whereby we can be saved and there’ll never be another name like it; and that’s why we can sing about the name I love to hear! EA

let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:10-12)