What Does ‘Jesus’ Mean?

I was told that the name of Jesus is special, and saying His name in a prayer means it will be answered. Is that true?

Anonymous GodWords Reader

No. There’s nothing about the name itself that makes it more likely that God will give you what you pray for. The word “Jesus” has no magical powers, and accomplishes nothing spiritually. It’s a name. In fact, it’s not even unique:

Yehoshua means ‘the Lord saves’, and is translated into English as Joshua.

Jesus’ Hebrew name is Yeshua, which is a shortened version of Yehoshua. Yeshua means ‘he will save’, and is translated into English as Joshua.

Yeshua translated into Greek is Iesous.

Iesous transliterated into Latin is Jesu.

Jesu became Jesus in English.

Jesus’ name is actually “Joshua”. There’s no special power in the name itself.

A translation conveys meaning, so Yeshua and Iesous mean the exact same thing. Jesus is not a translation, it’s a modernized Latin transLITERation of Iesous. A transliteration is simply a letter-for-letter switch: the letters in one language are swapped for letters in another language that make the same sounds. Jesu is a Latin word that sounds like the Greek Iesous. Jesus does not mean “Yahweh saves” or “the Lord saves” or even “He saves”. Despite the fact that Jesus Himself means a great deal to many people, there’s no English meaning to Jesus at all.

When the New Testament tells us to pray in Jesus’ name, it doesn’t teach us that the name itself is special. It tells us that the person is special. When an ambassador speaks to a foreign leader, he speaks “in the name of” – with the power and authority of – the one he represents. Jesus is an ambassador, speaking to the Father on our behalf…and speaking to us on behalf of the Father.

71 Responses

  1. David:

    Jesus, being God, has power. His name, however, does not. What you’re describing would be more accurately termed “magic”…saying His name and making something happen as a result.

    Such superstitions have no place in the life of a Christian.

  2. Bonface:

    Thanks for writing! You’re confused. The name of God doesn’t have any power of its own.

  3. If the name of Jesus means nothing and isn’t ‘special’, when why is it a sin to take that name in vain? When I got saved, the first thing the Holy Spirit told me was not to take Jesus’ name in vain anymore.

  4. Jack:

    If you’re going to argue, you should begin by addressing what I’ve actually written. I didn’t say that Jesus’ name isn’t special. I said that there’s no special power in His name that makes things happen when you say it out loud. That’s a superstition that has no basis in Scripture.

    If the Holy Spirit told you not to take Jesus’ name in vain, you should certainly obey Him. I wouldn’t use His name improperly, of course…but that includes more than not making it a swear word. It also includes not making up stories about how saying His name out loud makes spiritual things happen. If the mention of Jesus’ name gets stuff done, then it is WE who wield the power, not God. Do you believe that? I hope not.

  5. Yes jesus says ‘i am the way the truth and the life there is NO other way to the father accept through me’

  6. Um if Jesus, the one who saves or he will save, means this, then how can you say there is no power in it? He is the special one, the ambassador to the father. Then saying YHWH be praised haves no meaning it is only the name of the father. There is power in the name of Jesus. I say it in English and in Spanish it haves the same spelling. When you add Christ to the end of it, it’s the best name ever. It means I am calling on the one who saves or praying to the father in the name of his only perfect child who came to save us. Thank you father for sending him so I can make it to heaven. Are you kidding me? Jesus is the most powerful name on earth especially when you talking about the Christ. Wow this post is horrible, the bible even says to pray in his name but it don’t mean anything. You should also ask in his name too and it will be given onto you. Wow you need to get in with Jesus to understand how powerful that name really is.

  7. Albert:

    Thanks for visiting GodWords! You’re exactly right when you say “I am calling on the one who saves”. It’s GOD who has power…not the speaking of His name, but the person Himself. We pray, and God answers. You seem to be right on target there. Where so many go wrong is when they suggest that speaking Jesus’ name produces some special spiritual effect. It doesn’t. Jesus’ name isn’t a magic word. It’s His name, and we use it to refer to Him.

    This article was written because so many wrote to me and asked whether praying in Jesus’ name makes their prayer more likely to be answered “yes”. When I pray, I pray in Jesus’ name…but I don’t pretend that uttering His name will give me power, or change God’s mind about my request, or somehow automatically get me what I want.

  8. I am saying your wrong. Everytime you talk about Jesus Christ there is power in that name. All you have to do is call it. I am saying you dont understand how calling that name is powerful. The person asked about praying in His name as well. Acts 2:21 (NIV) “And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
    not anyone who doesn’t call.
    Phil 2:9-11

    Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father

  9. Yes, Albert…I understand that you disagree with me. I’m okay with that. Here’s what I’m not okay with: pretending that simply uttering the word “Jesus” does anything BY ITSELF. It doesn’t. That would mean that WE have the power to do things (like save ourselves). Instead, we know that GOD RESPONDS to our prayers. HE has the power.

    When people say that there’s power in Jesus’ name, they imply that the word ITSELF has power. It does not. Christians should know where the power is: it’s in God Himself, not in our ability to say a word out loud.

    Do you see the difference?

    Again: I pray in Jesus’ name. I take up my cross daily and follow Him. This isn’t about whether I’m a Christian. This is simply a matter of Biblical Christianity vs superstitious nonsense. If there were power in the name alone, we wouldn’t need God…just the name of His Son.

  10. Wow ok we disagree but you would always need God and taking up your cross daily and putting on the armor of God is just as important as believing in God. Saying his name is powerful, it is not the whole thing though. I know Just yelling thank you Jesus is a part of worship. Being a Christian haves many different parts to it. You just don’t say I believe in Jesus and that’s it, you must believe in your heart and then confess with our tongue. We don’t say we gonna carry our cross and do everything opposite of what Christ is about. There is no magical powers because magic is of the devil, it is a falsehood. But power and the miracles that go along with it is not an illusion of God it is real. Your saying there is no power in it but you answered the question wrong. There is great power in the name of Jesus because it depends how and whom you talking about. If you call on him there is power if you calling that Spanish Kid down the street then there is no power. God knows when you say His name as the calling on him or if the other.

  11. Albert:

    Thanks again. It’s clear that you want me to understand your point of view. I believe I do. I consider you a brother in Christ, and appreciate your input.

    >> There is great power in the name of Jesus because it depends how and whom you talking about. If you call on him there is power if you calling that Spanish Kid down the street then there is no power.

    You’re EXACTLY right, kind of. Calling on the name of that Spanish kid down the street does nothing because that Spanish kid has no spiritual power of his own. Calling on God does something because God has the power to accomplish anything He chooses. It’s not the name that has power…it’s the PERSON. Here are a couple of questions:

    1. Do you believe that praying to God in Jesus’ name will ALWAYS get you a YES answer to your prayer?

    2. Do you believe that an unbeliever who wishes for a trillion dollars, and makes that wish “in Jesus’ name”, will get what he wants?

    I’m betting the answer to both questions is NO. Why? Because you know that saying Jesus’ name doesn’t automatically get you what you want. THAT is what I’m saying. Jesus is powerful…we agree on that. Saying His name – by itself – gets you nothing.

    Does that make sense?

  12. Tony Scialdone, thank you for making this distinction between the name of the man Jesus and spiritual power in the authority of God that Jesus had based on his Christ-hood.

    It seems like the confusion is with the word “name.” To pray “in the name of Jesus” means to vocalize your request on the authority and attainment that Jesus demonstrated by becoming the Christ of God. If one has not achieved this level of spiritual evolution of their soul then they have no power to reach heaven in their prayers. Case in point is Act 19 when a jewish excorcist assumed that he could mimic Paul by invoking the name of Jesus to cast out demons. The demon said, I don’t know or recognize your authority.” So the name which indicates authority is the critical issue in the effacacy of your prayers.

    If the literal name of Jesus as an identify of a person was the issue then any Hispanic child named Jesus would bring goodies.

    Furthermore someone used the quote in John 14:6 and Phillipians 2:5-11 as a proof against your argument. One should carefully read these text again. When Jesus says, I am the way, the truth and the life no one comes to the father except through me” I read this as saying “I AM is the way,the truth and the life, you can’t connect with the Father until you have attained God consciousness. I AM is a unique term used throughout the gospel of John which speaks of a state of consciousness which we all can attain as Jesus did through his passion and resurrection (Phil. 3:10,11).

    Secondly, if one reads Philippians 2:5-11 it outlines the state of consciousness (mind)that Jesus achieved through his incarnation, which we all must attain, i.e., Christ consciousness. In verse 9, it is stated that Jesus was given a name above every name. Again if Jesus was named Jesus by his parents at birth, then what is Paul talking about here? Obviously, God did not name Jesus, Jesus as a result of his passion and resurrection. He already had that name. God bestowed upon him an AUTHORITY. This also is every soul’s potential to attain, if we do the spiritual work.

    Thanks again Tony for the information.

  13. Dear “Amen”:

    We agree that baptism is not required for salvation. I especially appreciate your comments regarding ‘name’. Parts of your comment concern me, though…like this:

    >> I AM is a unique term used throughout the gospel of John which speaks of a state of consciousness which we all can attain as Jesus did through his passion and resurrection (Phil. 3:10,11).

    I don’t know where you heard this, but it isn’t in any way a proper understanding of Scripture. “I AM” is a direct reference to God’s use of the phrase. When Moses asked God what to say when Pharaoh asked who sent him, God said to tell Pharaoh “I AM”. Jesus’ use of the phrase was a direct reference to His own deity. There’s nothing in Scripture that support the notion of ‘christ-consciousness’. This is a metaphysical term popularized by folks like Deepak Chopra that has nothing to do with Biblical Christianity.

    We do not evolve into christ-consciousness. We may be transformed by the indwelling Holy Spirit and become more like Christ, of course…but they’re two very different things. What you refer to is a mixture of different religious thoughts with the Bible, and they simply don’t go together. Let me know if you have questions.

  14. Tony S. is a bit confused. Spiritually speaking, “using” someone’s name means to invoke the authority of the person with that name. Hence, there is power in Jesus name, because he is the Word of God.(Matthew 28:18) The legalistic argument that Jesus name is not Jesus himself is a limited understanding of words and their affects. See the book, “The Power of Your Words: How God Can Bless Your Life Through the Words You Speak.”

    How powerful is Jesus name? Well, it can cast out demons.

    Mark 16:17 “And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons…”

    Demons not only fear Jesus, of course, they even fear his very name! Such powerful creatures over us, they cower in fear upon hearing His name. Ha ha! Note that Jesus says that they (the disciples themselves) will cast out demons. He does not say that He (Jesus) will cast out the demons when called upon. Hence the authority to cast out demons is given to all Christians who do it in Jesus name. I’d say that name has real power indeed!

  15. Steve:

    Let me recommend that you rethink your position. There’s nothing in Scripture that suggests that speaking someone’s name does anything. There’s nothing to suggest that speaking IN someone’s name does anything either. When someone speaks in the name of another, like an ambassador who speaks for a king or a nation, nothing happens. There is no power in the words themselves, and no power in speaking them out loud. The power is GOD’S POWER, and only He wields it. When we pray, we’re not doing something…we’re asking God to do something.

  16. Christ’s name is NOT Joshua.. This is a complete fallacy. His name is ‘Savior’ in hebrew which is ‘Yashaya’ — Jesus, Iesus, and any derivative leading to Joshua is just wrong.

  17. LC: references, please. You don’t expect us to just believe you without doing our own homework, do you?

  18. If I were a delegate who told you I came from Nazareth but the name they call it is El Nazaria, I would still hold the same delegated authorities.

    His name translated, to any Christian believer who knows Jesus, is a reference to Him that is the Son of God.
    If a man and the inspired bible said to me you have not called on my name yet that is why your prayers were not heard, and I began to pray in His name and observe answered prayers when according to His will, I have every reason to believe Him.

  19. Hey!!! hold on! Do not be quick to say all that stuff when you have not seen what scriptures say; Have you read Philippians 2:9-11 …9For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father
    What does this proverb mean Prov. 18:21 21Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.

    Please do not say anything in your own understanding but seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit and He will revile unto you great and unsearchable things you do not know.

    Jesus said that when we pray ask for the Holy Spirit and God Will give you the Holy Spirit. He is a just God.
    Thank you

  20. Believr:

    You make a good point. A delegate (or, more commonly, an ambassador) represents someone else…regardless of the language one uses. Because of that, we can know with certainty that praying in the name of Jesus does nothing more than praying in the name of Yeshua, or Jesùs, or Jezu, or Iesous, or Gesù. It’s not the word itself that carries authority…it’s the Person whom we represent that has authority, and He has given to us some of that authority.

    In other words: praying in Jesus’ name isn’t a magic formula that has power in itself.

  21. Bob:

    I find it interesting that you’re quick to suggest that I’m unfamiliar with the Scriptures, and that we disagree on this topic because I’m “speaking in my own understanding”. These are common tricks that some people use to add strength to their point of view.

    That won’t work here.

    What works here is a logically sound argument, using Scripture, presented with gentleness and respect.

    Yes, I’m familiar with Philippians 2. The Greek word for “bow” is KAMPTO. Paul used the word in the subjunctive mood. That means that the bowing involved in that passage may or may not occur, depending on the circumstances. The implication is that every knee SHOULD bow, but might not. Your unfamiliarity with Philippians 2 has led to you use it in a way that the author did not intend.

    As for Proverbs, we must be careful. It’s easy to misuse proverbs and make them say things they really don’t say. For example, Proverbs 3:2 says that remembering Wisdom’s teaching “will prolong your life many years”. Is that a promise from God? Of course not. It’s a general statement, not a theological one. Your use of Proverbs 18:21 is problematic. Look at the very next verse:

    “He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.”

    Contrast that with this 1 Corinthians 7:8…

    “Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried as I do.”

    Which is it, Bob? Should some stay unmarried, as Paul taught, or find a wife, which is good, and receive favor from God?

    I would avoid making strong theological statements from Proverbs. I know that many do this, but that doesn’t make it a wise practice. Remembering Wisdom’s teaching won’t prolong anyone’s life by healing childhood cancer, for example…and while the words we speak do have an effect on us and on those around us, they do not actually have the power of life and death. If you doubt, try using your words to bring a dead person life. That doesn’t work physically or spiritually, does it?

    The point here is simple: Jesus, being God, has power. When we pray in Jesus’ name, He may or may not grant us what we ask for. Using Jesus’ name in a prayer does not make it more likely that we will get what we want.

  22. Mıne ıs a questıon that may brıng some lıght to those who oppose what tony ıs sayıng,but ı also desıre that tony u may answer ıf possıble.Questıon ıs ıf Hıs name,that ıs Jesus,has power;just Hıs name,then are you not at fault,because the nameJesus wasnt or ısnt hıs real name,ıts a translated name from hıs orıgınal Hebrew name,shouldnt you be callıng Hım wıth Hıs orıgınal name?thıs to test those who oppose?because the name Yehoshua was translated by those who were translatıng the fırst wrıttn forms whıch were wrıtten ın Hebrew

  23. Dear The African:

    Thanks for being so kind. In what way am I foolish? Was it by suggesting that speaking Jesus’ name in a prayer doesn’t guarantee that you will get your wish? Was it by suggesting that the words and the prayers have no power of their own, but only God has the power? Please, be specific. Thanks.

  24. No one really knows the really Power behind the Name ,Jesus Christ, Romans 11 verse 8.so let us allow God Himself to reveal the truth, John 16 verse 13, lets stop with the assumption of this world.The secret lies in Jesus Himself.we are His creation so let us give Him some respect for Heaven sake.

  25. I actually am a very devoted Christian. I have studied the Bible my entire life. Jesus Christ does actually have power even in his name. I know that for a fact. My Lord Jesus Christ saved my life and i have devoted myself to him. “For God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son, so that whoever may believe in Him, will not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 Are you even truly a Christian, ‘tony?’ I don’t think so.

  26. I agree with Guthrum. I think of Christians as my family. In fact they ARE my family. My family in Christ Jesus. If you don’t think that you are a Christian but want to be, just find your local Church. Ask the pastor about it.

  27. The wisdom of the believer is not based on the carnal and so a believer knows that the Power in the name of Jesus is exactly according to the scriptures. We do not look at any other but the Son who allowed himself to shed His blood for our Salvation.
    In you attempt to clarify something Tony, you confuse people and this is a dangerous place, especially when dealing with new believers because you breach the word.
    The power in the name of Jesus is applicable and relevant because all believer call on the name look to the heavens and not on the earth.
    See what the scripture says in Galatians, Repent and move forward.

    “I can’t believe your fickleness—how easily you have turned traitor to him who called you by the grace of Christ by embracing a variant message! It is not a minor variation, you know; it is completely other, an alien message, a no-message, a lie about God. Those who are provoking this agitation among you are turning the Message of Christ on its head. Let me be blunt: If one of us—even if an angel from heaven!—were to preach something other than what we preached originally, let him be cursed. I said it once; I’ll say it again: If anyone, regardless of reputation or credentials, preaches something other than what you received originally, let him be cursed”. (‭Galatians‬ ‭1‬:‭6-9‬ MSG)

  28. Tony ,have you ever heard the statement ” a man with an experience is never at the mercy of a man with an argument”? My son and I were in a wreck on the interstate and I only had seconds to call on God and I said ” God help us, God help us, and he delivered us from hitting the wall head on or being hit by another car or being injured I only had a scratch on my leg. Not only does this experience prove to me there is power in that name but all thru my life I have called on his name and received what I asked for.There is power in the name of Jesus above all other names. Many of the people reading this forum are young and do not have the understanding of an experienced christian and will believe that there is nothing special or unique about the name of Jesus but there is no other name whereby a person can be saved. There is power in the name of Jesus that no other name has. Try casting out a devil in your name and see what happens. Tony get an understanding on this subject.

  29. Philipians 2:9-10 “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
    10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
    11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

  30. I really think alot of people are very confused as to who Jesus was. I, personally, do not refer to the son as “Jesus” but only to the extent in which I try to get people who uses it more commonly than myself. I consider myself spiritual. I by no means am in a sole religion for I feel like there is some truth to each and every one and to solely committ myself would feel wrong. I do not pray in the name of Jesus by speak directly to the God Head or God himself. I do believe in Jesus by have came to an understanding thatJesus was not meant to worshiped in any way. Acknowledged yes but to pray solely in the son name is blashpme (spell check) Just think if God is the same today and tomorrow and forever then why all of a sudden he needs a representation of who he is? I believe Jesus was sent as a example for us. To show us the lifestyle, the consciousness and the mind set to have when it comes to pleasing him. Yes Jesus was a example for man alone was too corrupt to understand how to please God but by misunderstandings Jesus was seen as God himself which alot of people are confused and more ignorant to the truth as we should know it.

  31. Dear Tony,
    I agree with most of what you said, including the name “Jesus” in your prayers wont get you what you want. However the name of Jesus does have power, because when we use it we are calling on the Son of God who died for our sins. If we are believers and we call on Jesus (to call on him we must use his name) he will answer us. He might not give us exactly what we are asking for, but he will do what is best for us.
    The Disciples had the power to cast out demons with the name of Jesus, because Jesus himself gave them the power, so the power is from Jesus not the disciples themselves.
    My Mom told me when I was little that sometimes Satan will try to temp us, or frighten us. And she said the he had no power over us because we were saved, all we needed to do was ask God to send him away. She told me to say “Go away Satan, I belong to Jesus.” And in saying his name we are calling on him and he will answer, and that’s where the power comes from.

  32. MaryGrace:

    Thanks for your comment!

    I haven’t found a Bible verse where we read that anybody does anything “with Jesus’ name”. I see a bunch of verses where we read about doing things “in Jesus’ name“.

    We should take note of that small distinction, and let it make a large difference in what we mean. If we say “with Jesus’ name”, we mean that His name is like a tool…I pound a nail into a wall with a hammer, and I cast out demons with Jesus’ name. If we say “in Jesus’ name”, we mean that we’re invoking His name in order to invoke His authority. It’s not saying the name that gets things done. It’s God who gets things done. Jesus’ name has no power on its own. After all: unless Jesus steps in and uses His power on our behalf, we could say His name over and over, all day long, and get nowhere.

  33. Absolutely amazed at how manifestation theology has overtaken many believers! Tony is right that the name of the Son has no power in and of itself. The term “in the name of” is about who’s authority we are speaking in. It is always the who, not the name. It’s about representation. If I speak in anyone’s name I speak with the authority of that person. If we are in the will of the Father we will always pray and speak in the name of Christ regardless of the name we use for Christ. This is why we baptize “in the name of”. It’s with the authority given. I hope this makes sense.

  34. Jesus is The Sun of God, who is Jehovah. Those of you looking for answers needs to look further into the Scriptures for the truth! Jesus even said in many places of the bible where everything He has taught was from His Father that sent Him! No mistaking that!

  35. Wow, this could go on forever. What I understand in the Bible is that we are NOT to argue over “words”. The Lord and also some of the Prophets and Apostles warned us against doing that.

  36. Dolores:

    Can you help us understand what you mean by pointing us to that passage of Scripture? Thanks!

  37. Read your Bible faithfully, daily, with a prayer to understand, sincerely, without the idea to prove others wrong, and you will get the answers to ALL your personal questions and problems of life (James 1:5-6). Read whole chapters daily, not just a verse or so. You will be amazed what intelligence can be opened up to understanding and His Great Kingdom on this beautiful Earth that He created for us. It’s so wonderful when He opens up our knowledge of Him and all creation. Being faithful to Him, obeying HIS Commandments (learn them) and enduring to the end will keep blessings coming to help us under the worst circumstances. Jesus guarantees it. (Read the New Testament). I am so grateful for Him and what He went through to teach us these things and be our example. Bless us all. . . that we may soon have Peace. I love Him so much!

  38. Thanks, Dolores. That’s good stuff. You didn’t answer the question, though. Where in the Bible are we told to not argue over “words”?

  39. Tony. It’s great to see you endure this blog. Rightfully so… What I don’t understand is if those of you can all agree, the son of God is Jesus.. But wait.. Yes my friend Tony has presented the evidence that “Jesus” is not even his name… It’s a truly horrible mistake in transliteration.. Because all the evidence (from the bible) implies at the least his name is Joshua!! But we still ALL know it’s Yahusuah. So if his name really means that much… I believe we should show him the respect of His true Name.
    Thanks again my brother

  40. Ray:

    I didn’t say, and wouldn’t suggest, that “Jesus” is bad thing. It’s just a name. It’s “Jezu” in Albanian and “Iosa” in Irish…but the person doesn’t change when we speak His name in another language. Nobody is going to complain when we call God “Jehovah Jireh” or “The Creator of All” or “El Shaddai” instead of “I AM”. The point is that there’s no magic, and no spiritual significance, in the 5 letters that make the name “Jesus”. There are no “spiritual formulas” that make our prayers more likely to be answered.

  41. Hey =) I just want to say that I totally understand what you are trying to say, Tony. I agree that Jesus name has no magical power in our prayers that forces God to give us what we want. That is a very true statement, and one that I am glad you have addressed. It is important to note, though, that God’s Word says that Jesus’ name is very powerful.
    Philippians 2:9-10 says, “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,”
    The name of Jesus, alone, has united families, started wars, divided countries, angered Satan, the list goes on and on. YES, Jesus is special and powerful! His name, also, is extremely powerful. People get kicked out of public schools for mentioning it.
    I think that at this point, you may just be arguing that Jesus’ name has no power in and of itself because you have already made that point. As a loving brother, I think you should recant that part of your argument and just stick to saying, “Jesus’ name has no mystical power in our prayer lives that forces God to do what we want.”

    It’s worth rephrasing your article. There IS power in Jesus’ name, but not the kind of power that you were addressing. Try to specify a little more closely.

    Good article though! Wish you the best, brother

    In Christ,

  42. Yes there is power in the name but why have we in the last 500 years decided to change the most important name of all time Yeshua, while The savior was on our planet he never answered or even heard the name Jesus his name was and is Yeshua. I find it very strange that man decided to change the name of the most important man that has lived on this earth, why would we change his name. The Bible says there power in his name then people decide to change his name sounds strange to me , or is this a trick of the enemy to deceive mankind.

  43. Daniel:

    Thanks for your comment…I appreciate a helpful word! I do take issue with something you wrote, though.

    “It is important to note, though, that God’s Word says that Jesus’ name is very powerful.”

    It seems you might want to rethink this. Let me show you what it sounds like to me, and you can respond:

    “Jesus’ name has no mystical power that forces God to do what we want. Jesus’ name, however, DOES have mystical power that forces people to bow when they hear it. His name also, just by being spoken, has enough mystical power to unite families, start wars, divide countries, anger Satan, and so on. Yes, Jesus’ name is special and powerful…it has enough mystical power to get people kicked out of public schools, too!”

    Do you see what I see? It’s not Jesus NAME that has this special and mystical power. It’s what His name represents: Himself. People argue about all kinds of things related to religion, including Jesus…but that’s not all. The name of Muhammad also has the same effect: it can unite families, start wars, divide countries, etc. I don’t know if it angers Satan…maybe you can figure out how to ask him.

    Let me ask you a very specific question: is it the name “Jesus” that has this power? What about Iosa (Jesus’ name in Irish)? How about Jezu (Albanian)? It’s Jesuo in Esperanto…should we only speak Jesus’ name in English to make these things happen, or will any language do? The plain and simple fact is that GOD is powerful. The name of Jesus isn’t powerful all by itself. Speaking the name sets nothing into motion through some kind of spiritual cause and effect process. It’s not speaking the NAME that does these things…it’s the response of the hearer that makes them happen.

    I’m afraid you’ve integrated some cultural nonsense into your theology, Daniel…kind of like believing that the Devil has horns and a pitchfork. Speaking the name of Jesus does nothing by itself. It’s not magical. What you’ve described is magic, and has nothing to do with Biblical Christianity.

  44. Dear “Concerned Christian”:

    Why have we decided to change Yeshua’s name? Because we don’t speak Hebrew, that’s why. There isn’t, as far as I can tell, a conspiracy to stop speaking His name. My name is Tony, but Antonio will do just fine…as will “Tone” or “Dude” or “Buddy”. I’m the same person, and my power and authority (LOL…such as it is) isn’t diminished because people don’t say the two syllables that make up my given name. In the same way, Jesus is and will always be Jesus…whether someone calls Him Jesu or Jesus or Yeshua or Iesu or Jesuo.

  45. dear tony , can you expound Acts 4:10-12 for me please.
    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.

    11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.

    12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

  46. Now, “we don’t speak Hebrew” is NOT a good argument”; Satan is actually a Hebrew terminology, but we use it; the term “hallelujah” derives from Hebrew terminology; and we use that likewise as well many other Hebrew words we still commonly use. Today we: English speaking people – interchangeably use William/Bob – Tony/Antonio/Robert; Jim/James and so forth and so on. What we do and practice as a English speaking society should not be confused with how the Hebrew and Jewish nation (relative to the tribes of Israel historically) as well as others nations derived from the importance of names in their proper interpretations.

    Now why is it a problem, that many choose NOT to use the name Jesus – because the word/name in and of itself has NO Hebrew nor Jewish roots (nor historical roots) and is only a name established and pegged by the Christian Church. “Jesus” is not an interpretation form of the word “Yahushua” or “Yeshua” – (short form) — in which this is the name that the Son of God came in — Not in the franchised name of what many believe to be in “Jesus”.

    Even in the earlier copies of the KJV version of the bibles (1611) you will not find the name of “Jesus” even mentioned or used, but the Greek term “Iesous” because as we know; there was no letter “J” in the Greek/Latin/Hebrew alphabets. Many many years later, adding the alphabet “J” and removing the letter “I” doesn’t make this an holy name and again “Jesus” is not the proper interpretation for Yahushua” or “Yeshua” – but man made and highly respected name in the Christendom establish by the earlier church fathers of Roman Cathology such as Constantine, Ignatius, Eusebius and many others.

    Again, every scripture you may share to use and quote “the references of the name of Jesus” is actually interpreted as Yahushua” or “Yeshua” and not Jesus; this name is NOT a language interpretation of “Yaweh/Yhwh” is salvation” (such as translating the SAME name from one translation/language to another.

    Again — meaning — defining — and context is much more powerful than just revealing a scripture or two without the proper interpretation. I too am saved and have been in “what we call” the Christian ministry for over 25 years as I too can also quote scriptures with the best of them. However, quoting alone doesn’t resolve meaning and context without defining words in definition and culture. And over the years, many of my views has changed from religion to realization and meaning .

  47. Abdul:

    I’m not exactly sure what you mean, but I’ll guess. Correct me if I’ve misunderstood you. You seem to be saying that we should insist on referring to God as YHWH. That doesn’t make much sense to me. God is referred to in different ways in the Bible. For example: He’s Elohim in Genesis 1:1. In Genesis 2:4 He’s Yehovah Elohim. In Psalm 68:4 He’s Yah. In Genesis 33:20 He’s El. In Ezra 5:1 He’s Elah. There are many more descriptive ways to refer to God in the Bible as well. When we consider the dozens of different ways God is named in Scripture, it seems silly to limit ourselves to only one.

  48. MDE:

    Thanks for your reply. I’ll take each part separately:

    >> Now, “we don’t speak Hebrew” is NOT a good argument”…

    No, it’s not. I was speaking rhetorically…sorry for being confusing. There’s no reason to limit ourselves to speaking Hebrew words, and there’s no reason to not use Hebrew words.

    >> What we do and practice as a English speaking society should not be confused with how the Hebrew and Jewish nation (relative to the tribes of Israel historically) as well as others nations derived from the importance of names in their proper interpretations.

    The implication inherent in your comment is that everybody should do as the Israelites have done. To make such a claim, one needs some kind of logical warrant…preferably from Scripture. On a related note: the fact that the Israelites did things in a particular way is no indication that Christians should do the same. Were Judaism sufficient, Christ would not have come to die. Judaism is only part of God’s story, and Christianity is the rest. Let’s not pretend that the Israelites got things right just because they came first.

    >> the word/name in and of itself has NO Hebrew nor Jewish roots…

    Without some Scriptural reason to prefer names with such roots, this is irrelevant.

    >> Even in the earlier copies of the KJV version of the bibles (1611) you will not find the name of “Jesus”…

    You’re quite right. You won’t find it in a Bible written in Mandarin, either. Again: without some reasonable explanation for why sticking with the original is important, I remain unconvinced.

  49. Joel C.

    Then why a on top of the cross, there’s an inscription INRI. MEANING “JESUS OF NAZARETH KING OF THE JEWS.” IF HIS NAME WAS JESUS, WOULDN’T THERE BE A “J” ON THE INSCRIPTION?…HMMM. THIS MEANS THAT THE LETTER J DIDNT EXIST IN THE ALPHABET UNTIL 400 YEARS AGO. HIS REAL NAME IS YAHSHUA. YAHWEH. “YAH” MEANS GOD. AND IF HE’S GODS SON, HIS NAME IS “YAH” SHUA. “SHUA” MEANING “SAVES” . SO “HIS” REAL NAME IS YAHSHUA MEANING “GOD SAVES” ALL OF YOU NEED TO DIG INTO THE SCRIPTURE AND STOP LIVING THE LIE THAT ALL THE SE FAMOUS PREACHERS ARE TEACHING. WHY IS IT SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND THE TRUTH? BECAUSE GOD WILL ONLY ACCEPT THE “FEW” WHO KNOW THE TRUTH. The name Jesus is a twisted word combining Latin and Greek to make a word that would be more Universal to all tounges. Just like how everyone who is Christian or Catholic worships God on Sunday. The day of the Sun? And not on the Sabbath day. Friday Evening to Saturday Evening. People are so lost these days.

  50. Joel:

    Did you read the article? You don’t seem to be thinking about this clearly. Your own name makes my point…you should take a moment to consider that. Your name is Joel, right? Well…according to you, your name should be Yow’el. It’s a Hebrew name, meaning “Jehovah is God”. Why did you say you were Joel instead of Yow’el?

    We all know the answer to that, Joel. Using the name Jesus is no different than using the name Joel. There’s no conspiracy. It’s not a sin. In Hebrew, it’s Yeshua. In Irish, it’s Iosa. In Albanian, it’s Jezu. In English, it’s Jesus.

    Let’s stop pretending this is a spiritual issue.

  51. Jim:

    I’m sorry I missed your comment before. You asked me to expound Acts 4:10-12.

    Based on the context of your comment, you seem to be connecting the word “name” in there is no other name under heaven. Because this article is about what Jesus means, you seem to be suggesting that this verse somehow contradicts what I’ve written. I’m afraid you’re going to have to be more explicit in your reply because it doesn’t make sense. You seem to be suggesting that we should use Jesus’ name as it appears in the Bible, or we can’t be saved…or something weird like that.

    Where have you gone wrong? Simple: the name found in that passage is Iesous Christos Nazoraios. Is that the name you use when talking about the Son of God? Maybe you thought you meant “Yeshua” or something like that…but Acts 4 doesn’t say Yeshua. It says Iesous Christos Nazoraios.

    The plain truth is that salvation doesn’t come – and answered prayers don’t come – because we utter the right syllables. It comes because we place our trust in the living God, who became flesh and died on our behalf. Whether we say Iesous Christos Nazoraios or Yeshua or Jesus or Iosa or Jezu is irrelevant.

  52. Thank you Tony. Sorry about the vagueness. I do admit that I’m uneducated. You are correct that’s the connection i was trying to make. I understand the text as being very specific concerning the name. “No other name” means this very thing to me.
    Should names be translated? Why are they translated? I need more education on this. Humor me please.
    Respectfully requested.

  53. Jim:

    Thanks for clarifying! I’m happy to explain further. Let’s look at other passages of Scripture for clarity:

    A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold. Proverbs 22:1
    A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth. Ecclesiastes 7:1

    What is meant by a “good name”? Your “name” is your reputation…what others can know about you, including your personality, character, and your authority. When an ambassador comes ‘in the name of the king’, they come with the king’s power and authority, and they represent him personally. They are there when the king can’t be, and they act on his behalf.

    That’s what the disciples meant by “in Jesus’ name” in Acts 4. First, they healed as Jesus would have healed, had He been there. Second, they had no power of their own with which to heal…they only exercised Jesus’ power and authority over sickness. Finally, there is no person other than Jesus who has the power and authority to save.

    We are definitely to pray in Jesus’ name. Speaking His name in prayer is no guarantee that our prayer will be answered in the way we’d prefer, though…that’s not faith, it’s superstition. Speaking the syllables “gee” and “zuss” does nothing on its own. Instead, praying in Jesus’ name means that we’re praying as Jesus would pray, speaking with the authority He has given us, and acting on His behalf.

    If the passage meant that speaking the name does something on its own, we wouldn’t say “Yeshua”, either…we would say Iesous, since that’s what the text says. We should think carefully about these things, using all of Scripture as our guide.

    Does that make sense?

  54. Everything but the right thing has been said.
    On this very special memorial day weekend I have something to say:
    Yah ( God’s name) said that his name would be as a memorial unto all generations.
    Yahshua is the son of the Living God. ( not Yeshua)
    Yahshua = I AM Salvation
    Jesus, previously Iesous and Issus = I AM Zeus. In the name Jesus, all of Christianity and the entire population will receive the mark of the beast, after the removal of those who have kept his holy name.
    Yahshua is soon to return to take up a spotless bride just before the great tribulation comes upon the earth as a flood.
    If you believe in God and if you believe in what he stands for you will ask him and then you’ll learn that Belief in his name is the only way to salvation.
    AT this very hour the entire world has been deceived but Yahweh is calling many people to come out from among them. ( all of the Christian orginazations that call themselves churches but have twisted all of the doctrines which were handed down by the apostles and have removed the messiah’s very name from the scriptures. The messiah name, Yahshua, is the only name under heaven whereby anyone can be saved.

  55. Oh, Mary. Mary, Mary, Mary.

    I appreciate you sharing your thoughts with the world. I don’t appreciate you sharing thoughts that are so poorly formed. If you’re going to insist on a specific spelling of God’s name, you should probably have a firm grasp on the most basic elements of the Hebrew language. Were you to begin even the simplest study of ancient Hebrew, you would begin with the alphabet. The first thing that stands out is that ancient Hebrew HAS NO VOWELS.

    So, “God’s name” (as you put it) cannot possibly be Yah. God’s name – as described in the Hebrew Scriptures – is YHWH. Jesus, on the other hand, was a very common name in ancient Hebrew: Y’shua. Of course, spelling variants were also very common in ancient Hebrew…so the name of God’s Son could be accurately written in a number of ways: Y’shua, Yahshua, Yeshua, and so on.

    Let me encourage you to do a little homework. In case you might think that I agree with any of the rest of your comment, let me say this: your obvious mishandling of Hebrew is the least of your troubles. Let me know if you’d like me to go into painstaking detail.

  56. Thank you for the email.

    I’m well aquainted with your scholarly view. No need to go into further painstaking detail of your “learned ” perception of Gods name or the false doctrines associated with that name.
    I was taught by Gods spirit alone, and although I was aware of what type of response I could expect from you, I’m not shaken in the least. I’ll choose to hold fast to what God reveals ( not by flesh and blood = linguistics,) but by the power of the Holy Spirt.

    Being a scholar of the “Hebrew” language does not guarantee anyone any spiritual knowledge whatsoever.

    More important then the spelling is the sound , and here’s what SALVATION looks AND sounds like: YAH (I Am) SHUA. ( SALVATION)
    Yahshua = I AM SALVATION . This is how salvation sounds in every nation on the planet and every tounge , with some minor differences in vocalization .This is the simple truth, by the creators design , so that even a 3 year old child can understand . Matter of fact , unless you become as a little child, you will in no way enter into the kingdom of heaven.

    A TRUE JEW is one who believes in the name of their Messiah ,

    John 3: 16-17-18.

  57. Mary:

    I’m going to do something that I’ve never done on GodWords before: I’m going to rebuke you. Sounds harsh, I know. Seems, maybe, a little extreme. I’m going to do it anyway.

    Why? Simple: that’s what godly leaders and teachers are told to do. The Greek word ELEGCHO is found 17 times in the New Testament, and it’s the word Paul used when he told Timothy and Titus to teach sound doctrine:

    In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. 2 Timothy 4:1-3

    For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group. They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach…Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth. Titus 1:10-14

    Why would I rebuke you? For your sake, and for the sake of those whom you might influence. I’ll try to be straightforward and simple:

    1. I love you. I only want God’s best for you. That includes, of course, telling you the hard truth when you need to hear it.
    2. You were not taught by God’s spirit alone. That is a lie. Certainly the Holy Spirit teaches us, but we do not grow that way in isolation, outside of the community of faith. Even Paul the apostle went to Jerusalem to submit himself to Peter and the other apostles, to make sure that what he was teaching matched what Jesus taught. Your claim is not biblical, is not historically meaningful, and is full of arrogance. I would say this even if you agreed with me, of course. The Bereans are commended in Scripture for double-checking Paul’s teachings against Scripture. I encourage you and everyone else to do the same…and I will do it to you. I implore you to submit – not to me, but to Christ – and acknowledge that we are to hold to the faith that was ONCE and FOR ALL handed down (Jude 1:3).
    3. You have suggested that revelation comes through the Holy Spirit (it does) and that I’m a Hebrew scholar (I’m not). In the process, you’ve also suggested that you know God’s mind. I challenge you on this. God doesn’t only reveal Himself to us directly by the Spirit, but He has also revealed Himself through all of Scripture, and through the historic witness of the Body of Christ. You can pretend that you don’t need the Bible or the church, but you are wrong. Like Paul, you should submit yourself to other, more mature, believers…whether they’re living or dead, we all need the ‘great cloud of witnesses’ that have come before us.
    4. You say that a “true Jew” is one who believes in the name of their Messiah. You are wrong. It’s silly to believe “in the name of YAHshua”. We are not to believe in His name, but in Himself. HE is the source and the object of our faith. When we say “in His name” we mean that we are invoking His authority, speaking in His name, saying what He would say if He were here…that we are His ambassadors. You are not speaking for Him when you make the claim to this personal revelation. In fact, I am speaking in His name when I rebuke you and point you to sound doctrine.

    I know that some people might misunderstand what I’m doing here in response to you. I’m okay with that. You need to be rebuked, and I’m willing to do it. You need to repent of your spiritual pride and stop pretending that you are God’s special vessel of personal revelation. God can (and does) reveal Himself to individuals, but that revelation would never contradict previous revelations of Himself. Turn away from your fantasy and turn to God, and to Scripture where He has revealed Himself, and embrace the truth. I don’t say this because you disagree with me, but because you pretend to be something you are not. If you have more to say, you should contact me directly. I will not publish your comments unless they are in accord with Scripture and the historic faith handed down.

    I wish you well. I do love you, and hope that you will accept my rebuke…so that you will be sound in the faith and pay no attention to myths of any kind.

  58. Hi, I’m not christian but was curious about a historical fact (where the name Jesus comes from and whether it had any meaning).

    Surely there must have been other people born before him with the same name, and in ancient times I would assume most names had meaning.

    You’ve answered my question perfectly.

    I also would like to congratulate you on your efforts to distinguish superstition from faith.

    It’s heartwarming to see a website like this one!

  59. What do I make of that? Simple: that you are gullible, and that you haven’t done your homework.

    Come on, Brittani…don’t believe everything you hear or read. I always tell my readers to do their own homework, so don’t believe me at this moment either. Do a little homework and see that this is nonsense, and that those who believe it are just being silly. Don’t be silly, Brittani. Be well-read and well-informed, able to distinguish between internet trolls and serious students. Let me know if I can help with that process. =)

  60. You may be right. I know that I have gone down some deep rabbit holes reading about lots of contradicting etymologies and commentaries on the names of God and of Jesus. It really has me very confused. I feel that in prayer God has assured me that He knows my heart and who I am addressing when I pray, so the name I use doesn’t matter in that sense. For a little while I was almost afraid to pray for fear I was reaching out to the wrong entity. I see now that is ridiculous. I do still desire to understand the true name of God and of Jesus, because I do fear that man could have twisted it knowingly or otherwise over the centuries. Do you understand my concern? What sources would you recommend me start with? I meant no disrespect in my comment, though I see now how you may have construed it as such. I am just an earnest seeker of truth who is quite overwhelmed by the information that is out there.

  61. I’m sorry I misunderstood you, Brittani. Still, there’s a lesson to learn from the “earth pig” thing. We need to do our homework! It’s a lot of work, so most people won’t do it…but it’s totally worth it.

    You’re right: you don’t need to worry about accidentally reaching out to the wrong entity. You also don’t need to fear the idea that missing the exact, specific, perfect name of Jesus might cause you some kind of spiritual damage. It won’t. You’re not going to pay a penalty for not having all of the answers.

    God is reaching out to you. He does this for everybody. You’re saying “YES” to God. That’s perfect. You can trust Him. Keep saying YES to God! Read stuff about God carefully, so you don’t get confused by weird people writing stupid stuff about things they’ve never researched. Christianity isn’t complex. It’s not easy (what is?) but it’s something you can understand. God loves you, Jesus died to demonstrate that love, and being reconciled to God (it’s a relationship, not a religion) is how you get life right.

    I would be thrilled to be able to answer more of your questions, and to help you begin to trust God even more than you already do. Please let me know how I can help!

  62. I’m just a humble servant here just seeking the truth (2 Tim.2:15) No bible scholar. I do understand the facts, that the name; Jesus didn’t come about until the King James translation.I also understand the mind blowing metamorphosis that the original Hebrew name Yahushua or Yeshua has gone through. At least 4 different languages; Hebrew,Greek,Latin and English and more than 1400 years to be translated to the name “Jesus” inwhich I understand, letter for letter, has no meaning other than the adopted meaning from his original name; Yahushua. It is my understanding, from the Holy Sciptures, that when GOD gives a person a name or changes a person’s name, that name has a meaning and it is to ultimately glorify HIM. So I’m more interested in the original, even though, I know that our Lord is more understanding and loving than we could ever imagine.On that note, my question is,whats the facts on His Name; Immanuel. (Isiah 7:14-Matt 1:22-23) what is the original Hebrew pronunciation that GOD gave to the people; and they shall call him….I don’t know a lot, but I do know that YHWH wants us to know the truth in any language.Through my journey of studying, I have often found that Satan comes behind every work of truth and glory established by GOD, to turn it around, undo and twist GOD’S truth into a lie, but just when you think it’s over and done with,GOD flips the script

  63. Thanks for visiting GodWords, Hawk.

    >> I’m just a humble servant here just seeking the truth (2 Tim.2:15) No bible scholar.

    Ditto. I’d love to be a Bible scholar, so I study all the time. Not sure I’ll ever get there.

    >> the name; Jesus didn’t come about until the King James translation

    Jesus’ name was written as “Jesus” as early as 1200 AD or so, some 400 years before the King James Bible.

    >> has no meaning other than the adopted meaning from his original name; Yahushua

    Right! “Jesus” has no direct meaning of its own. It takes its meaning from our Savior’s Hebrew name. It means the same thing and signifies the same person.

    >> I don’t know a lot, but I do know that YHWH wants us to know the truth in any language.

    I couldn’t agree more, brother.

    >> whats the facts on His Name; Immanuel. what is the original Hebrew pronunciation that GOD gave to the people…?

    Good question, Hawk. The Blue Letter Bible (a resource I recommend) has both Hebrew and Greek pronunciations. You’ll find out how to say Immanuel here.

  64. Thank You, Tony. My spirit bares witness to your studies and input that what you speak is, for the most part, the truth. Not just because I agee with you, but my spirit does as well. Much love for you brother, In the name of YAHUSHUA!!

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