Matt. 1:20, 21, "But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel
of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of
David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is
conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son,
and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from
their sins." From this we have the name "JESUS" defined for us as
From the old testament we discover a deeper meaning of the word Jesus.
The name Joshua in the old testament is the same as the word Jesus in
the new testament. The two times Joshua is mentioned in the new
testament the English word used is Jesus (Acts 7:45; Heb. 4:8). Joshua's
name was not called Joshua at the first, but rather Oshea (Num. 13:8,
16) which means "God saves." Later Moses changed the name of Joshua from
Oshea to Jehoshua which means Jehovah saves. Jehoshua was contracted
into Joshua. Thus the name Joshua and the equivalent name Jesus in the
new testament means "Jehovah saves."
As we have previously studied the name
Jehovah refers to God as the covenant making, covenant keeping, covenant
fulfilling God. Thus Jehovah is often referred to as God's covenant
In Rom. 8:29, 30 God's covenant of
redemption or covenant of salvation which He made with himself before
the foundation of the world is plainly stated: "For whom he did
foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his
Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom
he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he
also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified." The
declaration of the angle in naming the holy child Jesus in Matt. 1:21 is
basically a restatement of the covenant of salvation. It was His people
that Jesus came to save. This equates to those that he "foreknew" or
chose "before the foundation of the world" (Eph. 1:4). The phrase "shall
save" when connected with the work of Jehovah equates to God's
predestination of his people to be conformed to the image of his Son.
Furthermore, salvation from sins is a threefold process. Jesus saves us
from the bondage of sin when he causes the elect to be born again by his
effectual calling. He saved his people from the condemnation of sin when
he died on the cross to justify us before God. He will save us from the
corruption of sin when we are glorified in the resurrection from the
dead. Thus Jesus (Jehovah saves) has made the covenant of redemption,
kept the covenant of redemption, and fulfills the covenant of
"Neither is there salvation in any
other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men,
whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). Salvation from sin is the work of
Jesus. Only Jesus saves from sin.
Salvation from sin is not a
cooperative work between Jesus and man (for there is none other
name...whereby we must be saved). If I or any other man could do
anything to assist in the salvation from sin, then there would be other
names under heaven that would be responsible for salvation from sin!
Thus salvation from sin is the work of Jesus (Jehovah saves).
"Wherefore God also hath highly
exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the
name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in
earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Phil 2:9
11). Everyone of us should bow before Jesus for his blessed work of
salvation and confess him as Lord to the glory of God the Father. We all
should do this as we live in this time world. I am convinced we WILL do
this in the resurrection.
Because of Jesus' (Jehovah saves) work
of salvation we can gather together to worship in his name (Matt.
18:20); we can communicate with God in prayer asking in his name (John
16:23); the gospel preachers can speak boldly in the name of Jesus (Acts
9:27); and the disciples are baptized in the name of Jesus (under the
authority of Jesus) (Acts 2:38).
Finally we are taught in Col. 3:17,
"And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord
Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."
Elder Vernon Johnson