Salvation – BT6
What is so special about the name of Jesus?
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“Jesus” is an English translation of the Greek Iesous, but His Hebrew is Yeshua, meaning “Yahweh Saves.” Yahweh is most likely the way the written name of God YHWH was said, meaning “I AM” (a). From Salvation – BT2, the Greek word sozo and Hebrew word yeshuw’ah from yasha’ for “saves” means “rescue, deliverance, and restoration or reconciliation by ‘sewing back together what was torn’ for healed relationship and wholeness.” The apostle Paul writes, “Therefore, since we have been justified (b) by trusting-relying-faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (c). We are no longer “enemies of God but reconciled to Him by the death of His Son, so how much more NOW that we are reconciled shall we be saved by His Son’s zoe genuine-life?” (d) <Notes> a) Exodus 3:15, b) acquitted of the charges of sin against us, declared or made in right standing with God, c) Romans 5:1, d) Romans 5:10.
On 11/24/2017 I had a dream where I heard God say in a loud, authoritative voice to a very old Billy Graham – I found out later he had just turned 99 – after a poor turnout to one of his gospel crusades, “Billy, sew it up.” Can you imagine Jesus having a name Yeshua that meant, “God rescues and sew it up?” What a statement! That was Christ’s entire mission – every word and every action!
God naming “Jesus” was very deliberate. Christ’s name says who He is and what He does: “For God SO (a) unconditionally-loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever has trusting-relying-faith in Him should not perish but have everlasting zoe genuine-life. For God absolutely in fact did NOT send His Son into the world to krino judge (b) the world, but in order that the world might be saved through-the-realizing-channel-of Him. Whoever is routinely having trusting-relying-faith in Him is absolutely in fact NOT krino judged (b), but whoever absolutely in fact is NOT routinely having trusting-relying-faith is krino judged (b) already [with ongoing results], because he has in possibility NOT already [with ongoing results] had trusting-relying-faith in the name/authority of the only begotten Son of God” (c). <Notes> a) to such a degree or extent as well as the manner it’s accomplished, b) pronounce judgment as a Just Judge, c) John 3:16-18.
What authority does Jesus’s name have? From the time He was 12 years old, He even taught the Jewish scholars of the day “as one having authority” (a). Jesus said it wasn’t just His own authority [as a man or rabbi–teacher], but that it was from His Father-God (b). Even the Spirit of the Truth that was to come (c) doesn’t speak on His own authority but what He hears from Father-God (d). Even Roman commanders recognized Christ’s authority over sickness, who was even able to heal from far off, simply by the authority of His directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word (e). <Notes> a) Matthew 7:29; Mark 1:22; Luke 4:32-36, b) John 7:17, 12:49, 14:10, c) “The Promise” of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost – see Acts 2:17-18, d) John 16:13, e) Matthew 8:9, Luke 7:8.
Even the Jewish authorities, who were threatened by Him, knew what the real issue was, saying: “By what authority are you doing these things [like driving out evil spirits] and who gave you this?” (a). Jesus answered: “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth” (b), authority over all flesh to give everlasting zoe genuine-life to as many as Father-God has given Me (c). Father-God alone knows when The Day of Judgement is to come (d), but Jesus has been given authority by the Father to execute this Judgement, being the Son of God and Son of Man (e). Finally Paul states that there are no governing authorities on earth except those permitted by God (f) and that resisting them is resisting God (g). Man, did Paul open up a can of worms! The whole world needed to “resist” Hitler a lot sooner! Maybe then 70-85 million people wouldn’t have died! That’s the problem with building doctrine around 1 verse! <Notes> a) Matthew 21:23-24; Mark 1:27, 11:28-29; Luke 20:2, b) Matthew 28:18, c) John 17:2, d) Acts 1:7, e) John 5:27, f) Romans 13:1, g) Romans 13:2, 1 Timothy 2:2.
Satan, the adversary of God, told Jesus that he had “all this authority [over the nations of the world that he showed Jesus], for this authority has been delivered [delegated] to me, and I give [delegate] it to whomever I wish” (a). This happened when Adam and Eve forfeited their delegated dominion rule over the earth (b) in exchange for sin, and thus cast out of the holy presence of God, transferring this delegated authority to Satan who had beguiled them. From then on Satan was the “god of this world” (c), but Jesus said, “NOW is the judgment of this world; NOW will the ruler of this world be cast out” (d), for “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” (e), and “the reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil” (f). In Zechariah 3:1 under the old covenant you see Satan in heaven accusing God’s people, but under the completely-different-in-kind, superior NEW Covenant by the blood of Jesus, He particularly has been kicked out! However, his demon-lawyers are still busy because we haven’t got to Revelation 2:10 yet. Many have seen this while doing Spiritual Warfare, as I have! <Notes> a) Luke 4:6, b) Genesis 1:26-28, c) 2 Corinthians 4:4, d) John 12:31, cf. Revelation 2:10, e) Luke 10:18, f) 1 John 3:8.
Finally, “God set aside the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands [ stated in the Law], nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the principal rulers and delegated authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them by Himself (as Christ)” (a). Until Christ, Satan had a delegated-right to be there in God’s courtroom. His entire hierarchy of evil had rights to be there to argue their cases against everybody – but not so for Christians anymore. Jesus can legally shut them down simply by sayin “Not Guilty! Case closed! Their debt is paid in full because I paid the ransom-price Myself.” <Notes> a) Colossians 2:14-15.
There are many other references to God’s authority being delegated to people, even for only a relatively short time. Ultimately, our trusting-relying-faith is to be in the authority of God Himself, having given all authority to His Son Jesus, the Messiah, trusting God’s promised Holy Spirit, the Counselor sent to us to so that “His kingdom can come and His will can be done on earth as it is in heaven” (a). <Notes> a) Matthew 6:10.
God as Jesus NOW Saves: God, the Messiah, does it all! The great “I AM” YHWH who SAVES through Yeshua Jesus, the name that means this, can also do EVERYTHING else in our lives.
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Therefore, just as Jesus did so often, even overnight, perserchomai draw near-close-beside to God, even eggizo extremely close-beside, crying out to Him in devoted, patiently-waiting, watching, listening, worshipful, proseuche conversational-prayer. That’s why Jesus said 9 times “[I strongly urge you to] deute Come-near-NOW pros toward-reaching Me” and most often used little children as the perfect picture of humble willingness (a). <Notes> a) Matthew 11:28, 19:14; Mark 10:14; Luke 18:16; John 5:40, 6:37, 44, 65, 7:37.
Totally surrender everything to Him, and instead entrust Him for EVERYTHING! Is there anything within God’s will that God will not give us? “He who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things?” (a). Paul goes onto say in verse 8:37 that “nothing in this life or in death, no angelic or human powers, things today or in the future, anything high [even to the heavens] or low [even to the depths of hell], or anything else in creation can separate us from The Unconditional-Love of/belonging-to God (b), which IS in Christ Jesus our Lord.” <Notes> a) Romans 8:32, b) “God IS-defined-as/exists as Unconditional-Love” per 1 John 4:8, 16 and “The [singular] fruit/essence/nature of the Spirit IS-defined-as/exists-as [singular] Unconditional-Love” per Galatians 5:22.
God even transforms us into the image of Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit: “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom [from the Law of dominating slavery and judgment]. Unlike the veil that still lies over the hearts of those who hear Moses (the giver of the Law) read to this very day, we all who have turned to the Lord, having the veil removed NOW with unveiled faces, can continue to gaze-with-wide-open-eyes [as in a mirror] the glory of the Lord. As we do, WE are the ones who are constantly being transfigured into His very own image by ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another – for this comes from the Lord [Jesus], the Spirit” (a). We have EVERYTHING else because we have Christ, who is God our Savior (b). <Notes> a) a Greek translation of 2 Corinthians 3:15-18, b) 1 Timothy 4:10; Titus 1:3 – Jesus actually commanded Paul to speak His doctrine of the gospel: Titus 2:10, 13 and it was Jesus that appeared: Titus 3:4. So Peter also see Jesus as “our God and Savior”: 2 Peter 1:1 as does Jude 1:25.
And what the process of salvation that the Lord started – see Salvation – BT2, He will also finish: “For we are God’s [own] handiwork (workmanship), re-created in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us, that we should walk in them” (a), “for it is God who works in you, both to desire (will) and to work (do) His good pleasure” (b)! <Notes> a) Ephesians 2:10, b) Philippians 2:13.
Thank You Father and Son and Holy Spirit for being “God our Savior” to rescue us from our sin, sew us back together into the restored creation You originally desired, and give us hope for our complete restoration to full relationship with You and wholeness of zoe genuine-life. Yeshua/Jesus you have the perfect name meaning “Yahweh saves!” We totally surrender in repentance and confession to You, coming near-now to You and drawing near/close-beside You through proseuche worshipful conversational-prayer by trusting-relying-faith in You Lord. Jesus you have all authority in Your name and we put our trusting-relying-faith solely in You to finish what you have started in our lives. Praise God!