©Copyright 2003 Randall D. Hughes 

In the Old Testament we know that God was primarily known by the name YAHWEH or the English equivalent of JEHOVAH.  In the Hebrew text this is represented by the Tetragramaton, YHVH.  God revealed more and more of Himself throughout the Old Testament.  As God revealed, His people began to call Him by compound Names to indicate His latest revealed characteristic.  To Abraham with Isaac on the altar, God was JEHOVAH-JIREH, his  Provider, Gen. 22:8, 14.  When God healed the bitter water for the Children of Israel, He was JEHOVAH-RAPHA, the LORD that Healeth thee, Ex. 15:26.  Here are a few additional compound Names of God


JEHOVAH-NISSI, the LORD is our Banner (victory), Ex. 17:15


JEHOVAH-M'KADDESH, the LORD our Sanctifier, Ex. 31:13, Lev. 20:8


JEHOVAH-SHALOM, the LORD our Peace, Judges 6:23 &24


JEHOVAH-RAAH, the LORD is my Shepherd, Ps. 23:1


JEHOVAH-TSIDKENU, the LORD is our Righteousness, Jer. 23:6


JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH, the LORD is There (ever present), Ez. 48:35

In the New Testament, we find that Isaiah 9:6 was fulfilled in the birth of Jesus Christ.  The child was born and the Son was given.  He was "God with us,"  Isa. 7:14.  This was a new way of God revealing Himself.  Although, in times past He has "spoken" in divers manners," in theophanies, the burning bush, the cloud, the pillar of fire, etc., He had never been attached to His creation in the manner He was now.  And so God revealed His name at this time as, Jesus, or in Hebrew, Yeshua.  This name is a compound name in the pattern of the Old Testament, meaning: "JEHOVAH is SAVIOR."

In this Name we find all of the attributes of the Old Testament encompassed.  For "the Savior" is able to "provide," "heal," "bring victory," "sanctifie," "brings peace," "leads," "brings righteousness," and is "ever-present."

It is interesting to look at all of the various commands we find in the New Testament relating to the name of Jesus.  

What is Done in Jesus Name


The Name is spread abroad

Mt 9:31; Mk 1:28; 6:14;

Preached where not named

Rom. 15:19-20

Teach, preach, speak, in or about

Lk24:47;Ac.4:17,18; 5:28,40; 9:15,27,28; 8:12

One exhorts

1 Cor 1:10

We are to pray in

Jn 14:13,14; 15:16; 16:23,24,26; 1 Jn 5:13-15

We call on

Ac 9:14; 1 Cor 1:2

Give thanks in

Eph 5:20; Col 3:17

We gather in

Mt 18:20

Receive other in

Mt 18:5; Mk 9:37; Lk 9:48

We give to others

Mk 9:41

One cast out evil spirits

Mk 9:38-39; 16:17; Lk 10:17; Ac 16:18; 19:13

There’s power to heal

Mk 16:17-18; Ac 3:6,16; 4:7,10

Signs and wonders are done

Acts 4:30

Judgment is given

1 Cor. 5:3-5

Suffers, reproached, hazard’s life

Ac 5:41; 9:14,16,21; 1 Pet 4:14

Deceivers will come

Mt 24:5; Mk 13:6; Lk 21:8

One must believe in

Jn 1:12; 2:23; 3:18; 1 Jn 3:23; 5:13; Ac 19:13

The name of Jesus is magnified

Ac 19:17

Jesus name is glorified in us

2 Thes 1:12

Every knee shall bow to

Phil. 2:10;  Is 45:23; Rom 14:11

One has remission of sins

Lk 24:47; Ac 2:38; 10:43; 1 Jn 2:12

One is washed

1 Cor 6:11

One is sanctified

1 Cor 6:11

One is Justified

1 Cor 6:11

The Holy Ghost is sent in

Jn 14:26

One has life through

Jn 20:31; 1 Jn 5:13

No other saving Name

Ac 4:12

Everything done in word or deed

Col 3:17

Name is above every name

Phil 2:9; Eph 1:20-21



 There is one additional item that is alluded to in the above list, but is not named explicitly.  And that is we are to be baptized in Jesus Name.  This is alluded to in the references on washing and remission.  But we find them explicitly in Acts 2:38; 8:16; 10:48, 19:5; 22:16;

There is also symbolical references found in Romans 6:3; 1 Corinthians 1:13; 6:11; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:11-12; 

And yet in spite of all that has just been said above, somehow, the majority of Christianity does not baptize in Jesus name.

Consider hermeneutics here.  

"When it comes to interpreting and applying the Bible, context is crucial.  In fact, we would go so far as to say that the most important principle of biblical interpretation is that context determines meaning.  When we ignore context, we can twist the Scriptures and 'prove' almost anything."







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