5 Names of Jesus in the New Testament and What They Mean

 

In the entire universe, the name Jesus is a special name. How special? Philippians 2:9-11 tells us that God highly exalted Jesus and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue should openly confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

In addition to the name Jesus, we can find many other names in the New Testament for our Lord. Each is rich in meaning, communicating a particular aspect of what He is to us.

In this post, besides the name Jesus, we’ll cover four other names for Jesus from the books of Matthew and John. Seeing what these names mean will increase our appreciation for this wonderful Person and enhance our experience of Him.

Jesus

Jesus is the very first name in the New Testament in Matthew 1:1 and is the Lord’s God-given name:

“And she will bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins.”—Matthew 1:21

But what does the name Jesus mean?

Note 1 on this verse in the Recovery Version says this about the name Jesus:

Jesus is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew name Joshua (Num. 13:16), which means Jehovah the Savior, or the salvation of Jehovah. Hence, Jesus is not only a man but Jehovah, and not only Jehovah but Jehovah becoming our salvation. Thus, He is our Savior.”

Jesus means Jehovah the Savior, and Jehovah is the eternal, ever-existing God. Jesus is Jehovah Himself who became a man to be our salvation. Only Jesus can save us from sin. Only Jesus saves us from God’s judgment, Satan, the world, a life of vanity, and so many other negative things.

Jesus is also the Greek form for Joshua. In the Old Testament, Joshua was the one who led God’s people into the good land of Canaan, which became a rest to them. Jesus is our Joshua today who brings us into rest. Whenever we call on the name of Jesus, we are inwardly saved from many bothering things and are brought into real rest.

Emmanuel

Matthew 1:23 tells us another name for the Lord in the New Testament:

“‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel’ (which is translated, God with us).”

We can see in the verse itself that the meaning of the name Emmanuel is “God with us.”

Note 2 on this verse the Recovery Version also tells us this:

“Jesus was the name given by God, whereas Emmanuel, meaning God with us, was the name by which man called Him. Jesus the Savior is God with us. He is God, and He is also God incarnated to dwell among us (John 1:14). He is not only God but God with us.”

For God to dwell among us and to be with us is a tremendous thing. Before He was incarnated as the man Jesus, God was far away from us, dwelling in the heavens in unapproachable light. But as a man on earth, the Lord Jesus, the very God Himself, was a touchable, reachable, approachable man. He was truly Emmanuel, God with us.

In Matthew 28:20, after His death and resurrection, the Lord Jesus reassured His disciples by saying, “Behold, I am with you all the days until the consummation of the age.” This word is for all of us believers. This Emmanuel, who is God with us, became in resurrection the life-giving Spirit who lives in our spirit. By His living in us every day, we can experience God with us always!

Christ

The name Christ, first mentioned in Matthew 1:1, is the Greek word for Messiah. Christ means the anointed One, the One appointed by God to carry out His eternal purpose. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the One uniquely commissioned by God to accomplish His will through His crucifixion, resurrection, ascension, and second coming. He was the One the prophets prophesied of and whom God’s people looked for.

Isaiah 61:1 in the Old Testament is a prophecy of the Christ who was to come:

“The Spirit of the Lord Jehovah is upon Me,
Because Jehovah has anointed Me
To bring good news to the afflicted;
He has sent Me to bind up the wounds of the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the eyes to those who are bound.”

Our Lord is the One who brings the good news of His salvation to us, who heals our broken hearts, proclaims liberty to us, and opens our eyes. And when we receive Him, Christ becomes the One in us who will work out God’s purpose to fulfill God’s desire.

The Word

Another name of the Lord Jesus is the Word.

John 1:1-4, a very deep and profound portion in the Bible, says,

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him not one thing came into being which has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”

The Word, who was in the beginning with God, was God. Without Christ as the Word, God would be mysterious and unknowable. The Lord as the Word defined, explained, and expressed God to us. He declared to us who God is.

Not only so, through the Word all of creation was brought into being. In the Word was life itself. This life became the light of men.

John goes on to say in verse 14,

The Word became flesh and tabernacled among us.”

The Word, who is the very God, didn’t remain in eternity, but stepped out of eternity into time to become flesh. That is, He became incarnated as a man—Jesus. The eternal Word who was with God, who was God, and through whom all things came into being chose to join Himself to humanity. He came as God’s tabernacle, or dwelling place, on earth among mankind. His habitation is now with all His believers.

As the Word, Christ declares who God is. He is the eternal God, yet He became flesh to be a man. He is life and light to us, and we are His dwelling place!

Lamb of God

Jesus is also the Lamb of God. In John 1:29, when John the Baptist was baptizing people in Bethany, “he saw Jesus coming to him and said, Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

Lamb of God is a particularly sweet name to all those who believe in the Lord. Hebrews 9:22 says, “Without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” This means that for God to forgive us of our sins, it was necessary for someone to die. That Someone was the precious, spotless Lamb of God who gave His life to redeem each one of us.

Jesus as the Lamb of God was slain in our place. When we see all that He went through to fulfill God’s righteous requirement so that we could be brought back to God, we can’t help but praise and love Him.

As we see more and more of who our wonderful Lord is, we’re able to appreciate Him more and more, and our love and praise for Him grow.

Just from the names in this post, we can love Him as Jesus—God who came to be our Savior, and as Emmanuel—God with us. We can praise Him as Christ, God’s anointed One who carries out God’s purpose, and as the Word, the One who perfectly expressed God in everything. And we can thank Him for being the Lamb of God, without spot or blemish, who sacrificed Himself to accomplish redemption for our sins.

We can only touch upon these five names in a simple way in this post. It would take more time than we have here to cover the depths of the significance of each. We hope what we’ve shared will enrich your knowing and appreciating of our inexhaustibly rich God. He is Wonderful!

 


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37 thoughts on “5 Names of Jesus in the New Testament and What They Mean

  1. Amen! Thank you Jesus you are with us, you are the Christ, you are the word, praise you Lord you are the living word, you are even the Lamp of God who takes away the sin of the world! Hallelujah!

  2. This is a great teaching that gives us great meaning to the names we call every day without knowing this great insight.

  3. Thanks a lot Servants of our Great Lord and King for the wonderful work you are doing for the Lord in helping people understand the Gospel and join doing the same in elaboration of the writings.
    May God bless you as you continue in His service.

    1. Dear Tamarat,

      We’re happy to hear that you found this post life-changing and that you desire to learn more about Jesus!

      The Recovery Version is available in both the Old and the New Testament. However, we are a non-profit organization and give away only the New Testament for free within the United States because of cost. The Old Testament is available to purchase directly from the publisher if you are interested. You can find out more information on their website, http://www.lsm.org/.

      We hope that you will continue to find our posts spiritually nourishing and helpful in knowing God and understanding the Bible!

    2. I will mail you a Bible in English or in a language you desire (if available). Or I will find you a digital version. Reply with your email address and we’ll go from there.

  4. Thank-you Lord Jesus for. Being our Salvation, our Lamb for our Redemption, God with us, our Life-giving Spirit. You’re the All-Inclusive, Life-Supplying ONE. We’re forever grateful to YOU.

  5. All I can say is he is an awesome God in everything and I love hi.,he is my life, I can not live without him.

  6. It’s great to see that these five names reveal different aspects of Christ we can experience. Every day we can experience Him as Emmanuel—the God who is with us as the One living inside of us. We also experienced Him as Jehovah our Savior when we prayed to receive Christ into our heart. What a wonderful and marvelous Christ!

  7. Oh so highly exalted is my God! You are my refuge and my strong fortress. You are all that I am–my magnificent MAKER.

    Dear fellow believers, if it happens when you are put to the test, say this simple phrase and I guarantee you that our life-long adversary (Satan) will run away. “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

  8. This is awesome! To know all five names of Jesus in one sitting. This is the first time I hear it explained this way. Thank you for your ministry.

  9. Jesus you are so worthy to be praise, I love you and I am so thankful for all that you have done and all that you do, no one nor anything can take your love away from me! Hallelujah!

  10. Thank you all who labor diligently to get the Word published in depth and help us to know that God who possess all of these five powerful names lives inside of each one who believe in Him.

  11. Thank yall so much for this teaching.
    Although I knew all the names of Jesus the explanation of all of them tells where and how they came about. AWESOME.

  12. Blessings to all! I’m new here, but, beyond blessed that the ALMIGHTY has brought me here. I was reading about the names of Jesus. Is anyone aware that his name is Yahshua?

  13. Its amazing how we change as we get older. I’ve read these things before stretched over time and did my best to absorb there true meaning but it was as if I was incapable of their true understanding. I now more than ever want to understand gods love because I am doing my best to answer the call to ministry. As I encounter others who need his love I want to be able to bathe them in it so that they may know just how much he longs to hold them in his arms of grace. In my own walk pastors have made me feel burdened by his sacrifice as if I should be ashamed of what he had to go through to purchase my salvation. Because of that I have missed the mark in so many ways because I was more focused on how I inflicted him than I how he restored my life. This will not be passed along to anyone I minister to as he gives me passage to aid in their recovery from this dark world. Thank you for this blog, the free literature, and for the eternal security video. I will be using these tools to further Christ kingdom in the future. God bless you and keep you. (Robert L. Shelton III)

  14. Dear Lord Jesus, with our tongue we gladly confess Thy name to the glory of the Father God above. For us to speak Thy praise is the enjoyment of our days, calling Jesus is to call the One we love! Thank you, Lord, when we call Your name we get Your Person!

  15. Our Lord is so rich to all who call on His name! These precious names of our Lord are who He is and lead us into deeper experiences of Him practically in our journey of life. How I enjoy calling on His name, “Lord Jesus Christ” or breathing His name “Emmanuel” or singing “Lamb of God I come, I come” or worshiping Him as the living Word of God in my reading of the Bible! He is so near, so dear and so available.

  16. Thank you for the new understanding I now have of our Lord and savior name. I’m looking forward to using the tools you offer to study the Holy Bible. Great job and again thank you.

  17. I love this blog! Actually I love everything that bibles for America puts out!
    I also would like to know if this particular blog is available in Spanish.
    Thank your faithfulness in getting the word out!

    1. Hi Maria,

      We are very happy and encouraged that you have been enjoying our blog! Thank you for your kind words.

      We are happy to let you know that we do, indeed, have a Spanish version of our website and a Spanish version of our blog. We also give away the New Testament Recovery Version and several book titles in Spanish. We hope this helps.

      The BfA Spanish website: http://biblesforamerica.org
      The BfA Spanish blog: http://biblesforamerica.org

  18. His name given to him by the one who sent him is Easho, Galilean Aramaic, the language spoken by those of that region 2000 years ago. Easho Mesheekha ” translated” is Jesus Christ/ the Messiah/the Annointed One. The name Jesus is translated over 2000 years….know you know.

  19. Thank you for deepening my knowelge of my Savior, Jesus Christ because my desire is to also know more about him. I am so excited to know about the the five different names for Jesus and your post broke it down in easy to read and to understand content with scripture to support these truths about who Jusus is. Thank you,Sincerely, Samantha

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