No name on earth compares to the “three that bear record in Heaven: the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost (1 John 5:7; KJV), and these three are one (of the same Spirit; John 4:24).” But concerning these, only two are worthy to consider, for the Holy Spirit is of God, it is the Spirit of the Lord, for “when the Helper (Paraclete, Advocate, Comforter, Holy Spirit) comes,” it (if it be lawful to refer the Spirit of God as an object or pronoun) “(shall be/is) sent to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth, Who proceeds from the Father (John 15:26).” And at least since the resurrection of Christ, the Holy Spirit, is “sent” in conjunction with the Word – that is the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:26).
There is no doubt that all men need the guidance and in dwelling of the Holy Spirit of God; yet, the Spirit of God is neither above God and Christ, nor is to be prayed to, nor in the since of ‘Who,’ ‘Whom,’ “He’ is to be worshiped. For ONLY “to HIM who sits on the Throne and to the Lamb (the Son of God, the Word, Jesus Christ) be all praise and honor and glory and power, forever and ever (Revelation 5:13).” No reference to worship the Holy Spirit in and of itself as a deity can be found in the Holy Scriptures.
God is Spirit (John 4:24) and the Spirit of God “is everywhere and not in one place only (Jeremiah 23:23), for “where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence. If I go to the heavens, You are there, if I make my bed in the depths, You are there… If I settle by the farthest sea, even there Your hand will guide me… (Psalms 139:7-10).” Notice the subject noun ‘You’ refers to God the Father, and is shown to control the “presence,” and be Higher than the His own “presence” – that is God the Father is the fullest of Himself, but the as the Spirit goes forth – somewhat like rays from the Sun (Son) – each ray or each ‘essence’ is not One deity or God, nor is a single or multitude of rays or ‘essences’ or parts of the Father equal to the whole sum of God. And one can thank God for the act of His hand or Spirit or words or commands or action(s), but one does not worship the hand or parts, but the whole.
Yet, in the ‘mystery of the Godhead,’ “in Christ lives all the fullness of God in bodily form (Colossians 2:9).” Jesus Christ is to be reverenced and worshiped and obeyed and followed. But what is the most important name in the Bible? Well in a real sense, it is like asking, which is more important to the living human body – the heart or the brain? But that is not said to show distinction, but only importance, because this comparison is beyond human terms used to compare.
Now as to the names of God and Jesus Christ, there are hundreds of designations, titles and terms used to refer to Them. The name of God is used about 7,000 times in the Bible. Among the most used and highest for El Elyon (The Most High God) are Adonai (Lord or my Lord; about 450 times used in the Bible), El Shaddai (Almighty God), Elohim (Genesis 1:1; Creator God. God), and Yahweh [God who is always there; “I AM (Exodus 3:14), Y_HW_H – called the tetragrammaton YHWH (after 6th century AD), Self-Existent, Eternal God; short form: Yah – Jah] which occurs more than 6,000 times in the Holy Scriptures.
However, the Jews sometime after the destruction of the Second Temple began to replace Yahweh with Adonai, which is in English most often substituted with Lord (‘Kyrios’ – in Greek Septuagint), and Jehovah – Yehovah (Hebrew). Jerome’s (c.384 AD) Latin Vulgate bible translation used “Dominus” for Lord (‘Adonai’). There was not a Y in Latin. And when English came, Galatinus (1518 ‘Iehoua’) and William Tyndale (1530 – Iehouah) substituted “I” for “Y” – then Jehovah for “JeHoWaH” for YHWH (YaHWeH, “Yah” – Psalm 68:4). Then, the King James Version (1611) gave “JESUS” instead of the “Iēsous” in Greek, from “IESVS” [Geneva New Testament (1557; ‘Middle English’)]; all from “Yeshua (Hebrew).”
It should be noted that the Lord Jesus Christ and His disciples appeared to use the origin Hebrew “Yahweh;” as well as “Father (Abba)” and titles. There are many “names” and “tiles” and words that we humans used to referred to Almighty God and to the Son of God – Jesus Christ, Lord of lords and King of kings. Now, if we where only comparing those of God, ‘the Ancient of Days,’ the Most High, then it would be difficult to ignore the longest name of God and most inclusive in the Holy Scriptures:
After “the Lord said to Moses, ‘Cut two tablets of stone… and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself to Me there on the top of the mountain…’ the Lord descended in the cloud… and proclaimed the NAME OF THE LORD: ‘The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.’ So Moses made haste and bowed to the earth and worshiped… (Exodus 34:1-8; 34:6-7).”
There is so much in this name that shows the nature and attributes of God. He opens a window to see more of Him, “merciful, gracious’ – as David learned, “Bless the Lord, O my soul… The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger (longsuffering, forgiving) and abounding in mercy… He has not dealt with us according to our sins… (Psalm 103:1-10).” He is Good and Truth and forgiving; yet, He shall judge all mankind – “everyone will give an account” (Eccl. 12:14, Romans 14:12, Dan. 12:1, John 5:29, Rev. 20:12). Moreover, He shows that there are differences in iniquity (wickedness, evil), transgression (trespass; encroachment beyond what is right – known or unknown) and willful sin (immorality or evil; Heb. 10:26).
However, though the brain and body cannot exist or function without the heart, and though the soul, body and spirit of man (1 Thes. 5:23) cannot exist or function without God and the Spirit of God – the very breathe of life – and that which gives man form and consciousness and a conscience, the Father Himself, the Most High God, tells us through the prophets and the apostles “that at the name of Jesus every knew will bow and every tongue will confess to God (Isaiah 45:23, Phil. 2:10, Romans 14:11).”
He tells us through the Apostle Paul, that “God exalted Him (Jesus) to the highest place and gave Him the NAME that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow… (Phil. 2:9-10),” and that this is the will of God and “to the glory of God the Father, that every one shall acknowledge Jesus Christ is Lord;” and equally, or more important to our future, “there is NO other NAME under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved, salvation is found in no One else (Acts 4:12).” It is His very name and our only Hope.
It is not in the human script or letters put together – Jesus Christ (! אלוהים אדירים, Yeshua Hamashiach, Iesus Christus, Jesus Christus, Jesucristo, Gesu’ Cristo, يسوع المسيح, Иисус Христос, 上帝啊, etc.), or in the exact sounds of pronunciation(s) used; nor is one by spelling or enunciation and pronunciation more correct than another. God is Spirit, His ways are higher, the words in heaven as Paul says are “inexpressible words (2 Cor. 12:4)” by our tongues. It is the heart and faith and belief in His Name, the meaning of the name, and the knowledge and application or use that matters; God sees all and knows all, and “searches the heart and examines the mind, to reward each of us… (Jeremiah 17:10).” This is not to say that just any name or substitute of His Name will do – not at all – it will not.
NO OTHER SUBSTITUTE for “The Name” or Meaning or Practice
as Psalm 72:19, 113:2; Nehemiah 9:5
The Name (“HaShem”) of the Lord is a “(Kadosh) Holy Name (Lev. 20:3).” It is to be reverence and not blasphemed. Neither is the name of God, even Yahweh to be hid in the sense that it is written and manipulated as the tetragrammaton (YHWH – יהוה) and decided after 4,000 years of use to be changed to only Adonai. The fear should not be in the pronunciation, but in the Lord God Himself. “Do not be afraid of those (mankind) who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, fear the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell… whoever Acknowledges ME before others (mankind), I will also acknowledge before My Father in heaven. BUT whoever disowns or denies Me before others, I will deny before My Father in heaven… anyone who loves (anyone… parent, spouse, child, friend) more than Me (Jesus Christ, the Lord of lords and Holy One – Son of God, Salvation of Mankind) is not worthy of Me… (Matthew 10).”
However, there is at the minimum some thing or force to the origin names given, Hebrew or whatever the Lord God Elohim gave to Adam, Abraham and Moses, etc. YET, for the sake of mankind, if the best men can do for use and understanding is to translate it into their vernacular or language, then let other tribes and nations not judge the use of God or Allah, Yahweh, Lord or Jehovah, Yeshua or Jesus – if the heart is right and the mind is asking, seeking and willing to proceed to that which the Word and Holy Spirit teaches us – the ONE True GOD and His Only Son – Our Lord and King. For centuries certain denominations (churches) sought to use only “their” choice of vernacular for the Bible (Holy Scriptures – Old and New Testaments), such as Latin, but how does that help tribes and nations learn the Scriptures… do not fear, every tribe and tongue will bow and confess the Name of the Lord.
“Jesus, the King of the Jews” (Matt. 27:37) Hebrew
“Jesus the Nazarene King of the Jews” (John 19:19) Greek and Latin
What does His name mean?
Yehoshua Ha-Mashiach [(short form Yeshua Mashiach; or Yeshua (Hebrew)] became Isaous (Greek) – Iesus Christus (Latin) – Jesus Christ (English), or Jesus the Messiah, which is to say:
Yehoshua: “the LORD is Salvation,” יְהוֹשׁוּעַ from Yhvh ( יְהוָֹה – YHWH as Yahweh; #3068 Strong’s) and yasha (to deliver; savior, salvation; #3467 Strong’s). To short form: Yeshua: Jeshua, יֵשׁוּעַ (Yay-shoo’-ah), origin: Yehoshua: He will save, (Strong’s Concordance # 3442).
Mashiach: מָשִׁיחַ “anointed [“the Anointed One (NIV),” “Messiah (KJV);” Daniel 9:25; ASV – ‘Anointed One’ and notes Messiah in Hebrew.]
To be ‘anointed with’ – as in: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (Elohim, of the Godhead, the same Spirit). All things were made through Him and without Him nothing was made that was made (“The Son of God, in whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins… is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created in heaven and on earth….” – Colossians 1:15-16). In Him was/is life… and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth… (John 1:1-14).”
“…Jesus was baptized… and as He was praying, Heaven was opened, and the HOLY SPIRIT descended on Him… and a voice came from Heaven: ‘You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased… Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit… (and) power of the Spirit – the SPIRIT OF THE LORD is upon ME because He ANOINTED ME to Preach the Gospel… and …to set free the oppressed… (Luke 3:21-22; 4:1, 14, 18).”
Yehoshua Ha-Mashiach = Yeshua Messiah = Jesus Christ = the Anointed Savior of God
The Lord of Salvation, The Salvation of God, The Anointed Lord and Savior
The “Fullness” of God – Colossians 1:19 “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me’. (Matthew 28:18).” “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).” The LORD Jesus Christ.
Note: The word Lord or Sir, is also translated Senor is Spanish and Herr in German, used by Martin Luther (1534) and Spanish Reina (1569) or Valera (1602). The word Jehovah, as “by my Name JEHOVAH – Exodus 6:3), is seen in the 1560 Geneva Bible six times, the 1611 King James Version seven times, and the 1885 English Revised Version 12 times. The term Lord is used for both God the Father, “the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb (Revelation 21:23),” His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Who is this Jesus?
Jesus Christ, the only Son God, says: “’Behold, I am coming… and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.’ (John continue to give the Revelation) Blessed are those who do His commandments, the they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the (Eternal) city (kingdom)… ‘I, Jesus… am the Root and the Offspring of David (born of the virgin woman), the Bright and Morning Star…’ (Rev. 22:12-16).”
“I am Jesus the Nazarene…. (Acts 22:8).” “The Christ of God (Luke 9:20)… the Son of God (Luke 22:70)… the Way, the Truth and Life… (John 14:6)… The Lamb of God… and High Priest… for us… (Hebrews 7:26-).”
And Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. They who come to Me shall never hunger, and they who believe in Me shall never thirst… everyone who … believes in the Son of God may (conditional on belief, confession, and holiness through forgiveness and repentance; James 2:19; Rom. 10:9; Acts 2:38; Heb. 10:26; Heb. 12:14; 1 Peter 1:16) have everlasting life… Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up the LAST DAY… the Living Father sent ME…’ ‘The Jews then complained about Him, because He said, ‘I am the bread which came down from heaven.’
So Jesus said, “…This (I am) the bread which came down from heaven…” and when many of His disciples (several hundred at this time) heard this, many said ‘this is a hard saying, who can understand it?’ When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, ‘Does this offend you? What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before? (heaven – as in: Acts 1:9) It is the Spirit who give life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you who do not believe.’
‘…And may of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. The Jesus said to the twelve (12), ‘Do you also want to go away?’ But Simon Peter answered Him, ‘LORD, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also, we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God…’ (John chapter 6:22-68).”
[(Jesus was speaking spiritually as in – when you take the Lord’s Supper, bread and wine for instant, ‘This is my body…do this in remembrance of me (1 Corinthians 11:24), for it is a sin to willfully enjoy and drink blood – Lev. 17:13-14; His blood was pour out for our sins – Once – for all – Hebrews 7:26-, 9:12, 10:10)].
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).” “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 4:12).” “By common confession, without any doubt, the great mystery of godliness or our religion is: He who was revealed in the flesh (born, crucified, buried, resurrected), was vindicated in the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory (1 Tim. 3:16).”
Flavius Josephus was probably the most notable 1st century centurion. He said:
“Antiquities of the Jews, Book 18, Chapter 3:”