Can we use the name Jesus?

Many people argue that we cannot and should not use the name Jesus when referring to the Messiah. Many further claim that we can only and should only use the Hebrew name. It must also be noted that the actual Hebrew name of the Messiah opens up a whole new debate itself with many arguing whether the correct Hebrew name is Yeshua, Yahshua, Yahushua, Yahawashi and a few other variations. But I won’t be dealing with that here. Only can we use the name Jesus when referring to the Messiah.

A verse that is often given as scriptural proof that we can only use the Hebrew name is Acts 4-12

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.

So there is just one name by which we can be saved and that is not Jesus but the Hebrew name.

However if we go back just 2 verses where we are told what name this is we will see that the name given is Jesus.

Acts 4-10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.

Now of course many people will point out that the verse above is in English, it is an English translation of the original language text and that the original text was not written in English and therefore Jesus is not the correct name. They may also point out the fact that the letter J did not even exist in the English language until the 16th century. Thus further proving that the name Jesus is in fact incorrect.

I would hasten to mention that if we reject the name Jesus based on the letter J then we must at least be consistent and also reject any use of the names Judah, Jacob, Jonah, Joseph and the words Jew and Jerusalem as all of these begin with the letter J.

But let’s go back to the original language. Jesus was a Jew or a יְהוּדִי Yehudi in the Hebrew if we are going to use the original language. However the NT is NOT written in Hebrew. It was written in Greek. If we go back to acts 4-10 and look at the name that saves in the ORIGINAL language ….

Acts 4-10 γνωστὸν ἔστω πᾶσιν ὑμῖν καὶ παντὶ τῷ λαῷ Ἰσραὴλ ὅτι ἐν τῷ ὀνόματι Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ τοῦ Ναζωραίου ὃν ὑμεῖς ἐσταυρώσατε ὃν ὁ θεὸς ἤγειρεν ἐκ νεκρῶν ἐν τούτῳ οὗτος παρέστηκεν ἐνώπιον ὑμῶν ὑγιής

So the name recorded in scripture is

Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ τοῦ Ναζωραίου Iēsou Christou tou Nazōraiou

The Hebrew name of Jesus / Iēsou is NEVER, not even once recorded in the Bible OT or NT.

If we can ONLY use the Hebrew name (whatever that may be) then we have a problem. The NT writers never tell us what this name is. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John who wrote the gospels all used the Greek name for Jesus. As did Paul and Peter. 
Why did the writers of the NT who were moved by the holy spirit not feel the need to record his Hebrew name, if it truly is the ONLY name by which we can be saved anywhere in the scriptures.

2 Peter 1-21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Stephen who was a Greek speaking Jew called out to the Lord Jesus to receive his spirit when he was stoned to death.

Acts 7- 59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

As a Greek speaking Jew he spoke in Greek.The words he used are recorded in the Greek.

καὶ ἐλιθοβόλουν τὸν Στέφανον ἐπικαλούμενον καὶ λέγοντα Κύριε Ἰησοῦ δέξαι τὸ πνεῦμά μου

Stephen did not call him by his Hebrew name and neither is his Hebrew name recorded in this verse in the ORIGINAL language. Stephen called him Κύριε Ἰησοῦ Kyrie Iēsou

Cleary God was perfectly ok with the use of the Greek version of the Messiah’s Hebrew name.

If we cannot use the English transliteration of the Latin version of the Greek name because names do not change (even though the fact that we have the name recorded in Greek and not Hebrew and it IS different which shows it does change) then we must be consistent and say that ALL names in the Bible must remain in the original language and be used that way.

We have a problem with other names in the Bible such as Abraham and Moses which are both English transliterations. Both these names are recorded in BOTH the Hebrew and the Greek and they are not the same.

’Aḇ-rā-hām; אַבְרָהָ֑ם Hebrew, Ἀβραὰμ Abraam Greek , Abraham English

Mō-šeh מֹשֶׁה֙ Hebrew, Μωϋσῆς Mōusēs Greek, Moses English

However both the Hebrew and the Greek (OT and NT) are the original languages. Again clearly showing that the use of the names in their Hebrew and Greek forms are perfectly acceptable.

In revelation we are told that the angel of the bottomless pit has a name that is different in the Hebrew and the Greek yet is the same angel.

Revelation 9-11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

Names clearly were known in different forms in different languages.

When Jesus was put on the cross it is recorded that his name was written above his head in 3 languages. Hebrew, Greek and Latin. His name was known in 3 separate languages.

John 19- 19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. 20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.

The Hebrew ישוע Yeshua, Yahshua, Yahushua, Yahawashi or similar, the Greek Ἰησοῦ Iēsou and the latin Iesous

The Messiah was known by different versions of his name in different languages.

Some say that Jesus is a different Messiah than the Hebrew Messiah. However Jesus himself says that many shall come in his name.

Matthew 24-5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many

If the Messiah’s name can only be the Hebrew version then this different Jesus would never be able to come in his name seeing the Hebrew name and Jesus are not the same.

What this actually means is coming in the name of the Messiah, the Christ as Jesus himself states that they will say I AM THE CHRIST.

It doesn’t mean his Hebrew name at all.

If we go back to the verse in acts 4 we see that we get told that this name is associated with the Christ.

Acts 4-10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.

We are told that it is the person who is identifiable as the Christ.
But this brings up another point if the Who has to be associated with the what surely we cannot use Christ either for this is the English translation of the original Greek Κύριε Kyrie .However this is simply the Greek version of the Hebrew term jyiv’m masiah. We are now going down the road of only the original languages of the Bible can be used.

The scriptures show that it is of little importance which version of his name we use. We can call him Yeshua if we want as long as the name we use identifies who we are identifying when using the name and that is the Messiah, the Christ who in the English language is identified by the name Jesus.

So the answer is yes we can use the English name for the Messiah, Jesus, if we acknowledge that Jesus is the jyiv’m masiah promised in the holy scriptures.


Philip · June 10, 2019 at 8:21 am

So much Truth is being presented to us from Heaven. The biblical principle is to follow the Lamb wherever He may lead us.

Just like in Yahushuah’s day the church had the books of Moses and the prophets yet because of traditional bias, they were closed to see any new light being revealed; and so today I see that all originized religions seem to have the same issue: they reject new light found in the scripture and hold on to the old Truth ( not in itself wrong) and consider new Truth or Light from scripture cult beliefs: truth of the trinity doctrine, flat earth, state of the dead, rejection of prophecy, the book of Enoch and several more.

However, YAHUWAH winks at ignorance. But doesn’t wink at a Laodician mindset.

May Yah lead us into all Truth and He does if only we are willing to leave cherished beliefs that are found out to be unbiblical.

If I’m wrong in my approach or “argument”, please correct me., sincerely, Philip

Cris montano · June 18, 2019 at 3:25 am

This famous Jesus, is nothing less than the God himself turned into flesh. And God was not going to change his name just to die on the cross.
God never glorified his name by forgiving people for pronouncing his name. He presented a sacrifice for the ones that he loves, and this is what gives eternally life. So, learning names is very silly. To begin with the name that God gave to Moses it doesn’t have any vouls; so, nobody really knows till this day how they pronounced it back them.
The good thing is, whoever God considers worthy of an eternal life he will wake him up in the day if resurrection.

Faith Mary · August 19, 2019 at 5:57 pm

Matthew 1:21 King James Version (KJV)
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

The Angel speaking to Joseph who was a Hebrew would have said Yeshua the fact that the Greeks changed it to Iēsous, and the English to Jesus only serves to show us the irreverence for the written word of God that tells us not to add nor take away lest we be cursed. As well as the irreverence of man for a name that Heaven gave to our Savior.

The Angel said; and you shall call his name Yashua WHY? for He shall save His people Yeshua which is the correct Hebrew translation of the Greek Iēsou which means “Yah is Salvation.” Jesus does not mean that except by mans traditions and the twisting of its inception and history. But let us presume for a moment, that it does mean the same. Our Savior was a Jew He was Hebrew and His Hebrew name was Yeshua it’s easy enough to pronounce and if heaven thought it was important enough to send a messenger to give Him this name Why in Gods Name would we presume to change it? Consider these words, if in fact Gods written word and the truth are more important to you than Mans Traditions? Pay close attention to Verse 19 day of affliction is often translated last days Then look at the translation in the NIV ( Prayerfully )

Jeremiah 16:18-19 King James Version (KJV)
18 And first I will recompense their iniquity and their sin double; because they have defiled my land, they have filled mine inheritance with the carcasses of their detestable and abominable things.
19 O Lord, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.

Jeremiah 16:18-19 New International Version (NIV)
18 I will repay them double for their wickedness and their sin, because they have defiled my land with the lifeless forms of their vile images and have filled my inheritance with their detestable idols.”
19 Lord, my strength and my fortress,
my refuge in time of distress,
to you the nations will come
from the ends of the earth and say,
“Our ancestors possessed nothing but false gods,
worthless idols that did them no good.

Verses Warning Us Not To Add Nor Take Away From Gods Word.
And The Serpent Said: INDEED HAS GOD SAID?
Revelation 22:18-19
I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.
Deuteronomy 4:2
Verse Concepts
“You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
Proverbs 30:6
Verse Concepts
Do not add to His words Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.
Proverbs 30:5-6
Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His words Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.
Deuteronomy 12:32
Verse Concepts
“Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it.
Matthew 22:29
Verse Concepts
But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God.
Mark 7:13
Verse Concepts
thus invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that.”
Genesis 3:1-4
Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.'”read more.
Matthew 24:24
Verse Concepts
“For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.

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