No Other Name: Really?

 

*†† (Acts 4:9-12 NIV)If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed, {10} then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. {11} He is "'the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.' {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."

 

So what name must we be saved by? My Bible tells me Jesus but other Bibles use other names. Whose Bible is right? My Spanish Bible says Jesus but itís pronounced ďHay Soos.Ē Or in French itís Jťsus pronounced ďShay soo.Ē In Chinese itís Yesu and in Arabic itís Yasu but the Koran uses Isa. Whoís right?

 

Perhaps we should ask Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John. Letís toss in Paul, James, and Peter for good measure. Surely they will get it right! We will go back to the opening verse in Acts 4:10 and take a look at the Strongís Concordance. Here we see the name used is Iesous, pronounced ďee-ay-sooce'.Ē Well there you go surely the New Testament writers must have it right. And all of the New Testament writers agree, itís Iesous!

 

But wait all of those guys were writing in Greek. Was the Lordís name actually Greek? And how many names did He have anyway?

*†† (Mat 1:23 KJV)Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

*†† (Mat 1:23 NIV)"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" --which means, "God with us."

Of course thatís a transliteration of the Greek but it is rather close to the Hebrew.

 

What about the Hebrew? What name did God use there?

*†† (Psa 83:18 KJV)That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.

Strongís concordance shows it to be this.

*†† 3068. Yehovah, yeh-ho-vaw'; from H1961; (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God:--Jehovah, the Lord. Comp. H3050, H3069.

Of course the Hebrew didnít use vowels so it would be spelled YHVH or perhaps YHWH or even JHVH whatever the form itís called the Tetragrammaton. People commonly pronounce it as Yahweh these days but in fact the correct pronunciation or spelling is not known!

 

But letís go back to the New Testament.

*†† (Mat 1:21 KJV)And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

OK here is the Strongís concordance definition for Jesus.

*†† 2424. Iesous, ee-ay-sooce'; of Heb. or. [H3091]; Jesus (i.e. Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Isr.:--Jesus.

*†† 3091. Yehowshuwa', yeh-ho-shoo'-ah; orYehowshu'a, yeh-ho-shoo'-ah; from H3068 and H3467; Jehovah-saved; Jehoshua (i.e. Joshua), the Jewish leader:--Jehoshua, Jehoshuah, Joshua. Comp. H1954, H3442.

You may have heard some people refer to Jesus as Yeshua in the belief that is His ďRealĒ name. But that may not be what His mother called Him because Strongís and others say it was Yeh Ho Shu Ah.

 

Hereís the bottom line. We donít know how to pronounce the Tetragrammaton in the Old Testament. Many people considered the name too Holy to even try to pronounce. So, why do many Christians today think they should guess at the name?

 

Itís a somewhat similar case for the name of Jesus. Do you want to call Him Jesus or Iesous as the New Testament writers did or perhaps guess which form of Yehoshua or Yeshua you want to use?

 

There is one thing that is perfectly clear. God didnít want us to know how to pronounce the Tetragammaton or He would have made it clear how it is pronounced. Itís also quite clear that Yeshua is not all that special because the Bible writers never used it, not even once! OK, enough already. Here is what you need to know.

 

Itís not how you say the name or which form you use or which language you use. The real thing is simply this: Do you know Jesus?! King of kings, Lord of lords, Lamb of God, Son of God, Savior of the world!! His name is not a magic word, like Abracadabra, that must be said exactly right or it is powerless. Thank God for that. If you know His name but donít know Him then the knowledge of His name will do you no good. Has it ever occurred to you that Jesus never called His Father by name? Donít confuse titles and descriptions for names just pray to and submit to and follow Jesus by whatever name you know Him.The key here is to actually ďKnowĒ Him!

 

The Bible puts it like this.

*†† (John 8:24 NIV)I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins."

You must know Him not simply know about Him or how to say His name!