With regard to the Name of our Saviour, the Scriptures are very clear. The following verses cannot be understood in any other way than that faith in the authentic Name is absolutely essential. The reason why I say that is because one argument used by those who reject the right Name is; It does not matter what we call Him, as long as we are worshiping the right Person.
That may sound very wise and humble, but I have yet to hear that argument verified with Scripture. Try and find just one verse in the Bible inferring that it doesn’t matter what we call Him. Such a verse doesn’t exist. But there are hundreds of verses teaching on the importance of His Name. In any case, if it really did not matter, why not just use His correct Name? I wonder if it has anything to do with a deep-rooted anti-Semitism? So deeply rooted that even believers are totally unaware of it.
I can still remember as a young child how one of my uncles used to speak hatefully against the Jews. He blamed them for all the problems existing in the world. In him I saw an intense hatred for the Jewish people. I was too young to understand, but by our Father’s grace that anti Jew attitude did not rub off on me. My uncle was a committed churchman.
It does not matter what we call Him. Does the Word say anything in regard to whether it matters what we call Him? Certainly it does. I am going to quote some Scriptures. Then decide for yourself if it matters to the Father what we call His Son, and therefore what we call Him, for Yahshua bears His Father’s Name.
“Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts.4:12) No other name? If the name Jesus is not a translation of the Name Yahshua, then it is another name directly in contradiction to what this verse says.
“And His Name through faith in His Name hath made this man strong...” (Acts 3:16) Faith in the real Name accomplished this miracle.
In the following verse, Peter and John are interrogated by the Jewish Sanhedrin. They were all Jews and therefore communicated with each other in the Hebrew language. They did not speak in Greek.
“And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have you done this?
Then Peter, filled with the Set apart Spirit, said unto them. You rulers of the people, and elders of Israel. If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole;
Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the Name of Yahshua the Anointed of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom Elohim raised from the dead, even by Him does this man stand here before you whole.” (Acts 4:7-10)
In his gospel the apostle John says the following;
“But as many as received Him (Yahshua), to them He gave power to become the sons (children) of Elohim, even to them that believe on His Name.” (Joh.1:12) The wording here confirms that the act of receiving Yahshua, is the same as the act of believing in His Name.
The following words come from the mouth of our Saviour Himself, and are also recorded by John;
“He that believes on Him is not condemned, but he that believes not, is condemned already, because he has not believed in the Name of the only begotten Son of Elohim.” (Joh.3:18)
In his letter to the Roman believers, Paul quotes from the prophet Joel. He is referring specifically to Yahshua, the Messiah, who had come in the Name of His Father.
“For the Scripture says, Whosoever believes on Him (His Name) shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him. (remember, there is no other Name given to men to call upon) For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the YaHWeH shall be saved.” (Rom.10:11-13)
I had intended to end this portion of the article with those words of Paul, but then I remembered what John wrote in his first letter concerning a certain commandment. Take note, this is a New Testament commandment – a law.
“And this is His commandment. That we should believe on the Name of His Son Yahshua the Anointed One, and love one another, as He gave us commandment.” (1 Joh.3:23) Those who always accuse adherents of the authentic Name of being legalistic (commandment keepers) should seriously meditate upon this New Testament Law. Certainly, concerning His Name – the Name above all names, it is my delight to give Him my obedience.
I may as well quote the next Scripture;
“These things have I written unto you that believe on the Name of the Son of Elohim; that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may believe on the Name of the Son of Elohim.” (1 Joh.5:13) Do I have assurance of salvation? Do I know that I have eternal life? Absolutely. How can I be so sure? I know, because I believe in the Name of the Son of Elohim, and therefore that Yah is my salvation, ie. Yah-Shua.
In the Old Testament more is taught about the importance of our Saviour’s Name than in the New Testament. But every verse that I have quoted so far is from the New Testament. Therefore I want to use just one verse from the Old Covenant Scriptures.
“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver (save) him; I will set him on high, because he has known My Name. He shall call upon Me, (My Name – Rom.10:13) and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him My salvation.” (Salvation = Yahshua) (Ps.91:14-16)
There are numerous other Scriptures upholding the same doctrinal truth taught so clearly in the above verses. That is why I find it very difficult to understand why the Church in general cannot or will not accept this simple truth.
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