First things first: I am not a Trinitarian. However, I know many good people that are Trinitarians and some of them are very close to me so we'll say that I'm sympathetic to the cause. I'm sincerely interested in knowing the answer to this (and others) query to better my understanding.

What led me to the question is the belief that many Trinitarians hold regarding the name Jesus: it only belongs to the Son. I understand this to be a way of avoiding modalism, i.e. Jesus is not the Father. However, the name Yahweh can apply to the Father, Son, or Spirit (correct me if I'm wrong).

So is Jesus the name of the person of God in Him, or only the man, or of both God and man? In my mind it makes sense if it's only the man but I could be way off!

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    Jesus is the name of a person. That person encompasses both Deity (divine nature) and humanity (human nature). The Person has a name.
    – Nigel J
    Nov 25, 2023 at 20:50

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Announced to Joseph, by an angel in a dream, were the following precise words :

And she shall bring forth son and thou shalt call his name Jesus for he shall save his people from their sins [Matthew 1:21 TR-literal]

In the event, Matthew records :

... she brought forth the son of her ... [Matthew 1:25 TR-literal]

'She brought forth the son of her', is the literal rendering of the Greek text. Which conveys the bringing forth of 'the son' from the woman, Mary.

The Son, is 'come out of woman' as Paul tells us in Galatians.

God sent forth his Son, come out of woman, come under law [Galatians 4:4 TR-literal]

Again, the literal rendering of Paul's words indicates that the Son is 'come out of (it is ek) woman.

Thus is come the Son of God.

And thus come, in humanity, the name is applied to the Person who is, at once, both Son of God, yet also brought forth of Mary, come out of woman ; thus also humanity.

Thou shalt call his name 'Jesus' refers to this Person, the Son of God, brought forth of the virgin.

The name of that Person, fully divine, fully human - is 'Jesus'.

Thus is his Person known, to them that know him - 'Jesus'.

It is not the name of part of a person.

It is the name of a Person.

. . . ετεκεν . . . . . .τον υιον . . . .αυτης . . . . .τον πρωτοτοκον [TR Stephens 1550]

she brought forth . . . the son . . . of her . . . the prototokos

Matthew 1:25, TR, literal

  • Thank you! Just for clarification...given my "multiple choice" options for the answer, you are saying that Jesus is the name of both God and man since the person encompasses both? And the Son did not have the name Jesus before the incarnation? Nov 25, 2023 at 21:27
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    @Aleph-Gimel The name 'Jesus' was given from heaven by the angel Gabriel at the time of conception. I repeat, the name is that of a Person. The question erroneously tries to name a part of a person.
    – Nigel J
    Nov 25, 2023 at 21:29
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    @Aleph-Gimel I totally disagree with your statement concerning the name 'Jehovah'. That is a different subject, however and that requires a fresh question. The Father is not known until the Son reveals Him.
    – Nigel J
    Nov 25, 2023 at 21:34
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    @Aleph-Gimel That's a shame. What 'most folks believe in general' is - invariably - a broad way which leads to destruction, as Jesus tells us.
    – Nigel J
    Nov 25, 2023 at 21:40
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    Yes, of course, I don't mean to say that I'm not interested at all in this other aspect of the question. I'm just more interested in what the general Christian population believes in connection with this particular question. Nov 25, 2023 at 21:41

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