Tuesday, February 20, 2018

At The Name Of Jesus

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. (Philippians 2:9-11)

The name of Jesus is the most powerful name in the universe. It is above every other name: 

 . . . Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, AND EVERY NAME THAT IS NAMED, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come. (Ephesians 1:21)

Jesus left His followers with the great mission of reaching the world with the Gospel message. He also left us with a special power to enable them to fulfill the mission. He gave them authority to use His own name: 

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in Heaven and in earth.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them IN THE NAME of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.  (Matthew 28:18-20)

When a person gave his own name to another, it meant that the two of them were joined together in close unity. An example is when God gave His name to Israel:  

The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto Himself, as He hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in His ways.  And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee. (Deuteronomy 28:9-10)

To be sent or speak in someone's name is to have his authority:  

Therefore thus saith the Lord of the men of Anathoth, that seek thy life, saying, Prophesy not in the name of the Lord, that thou die not by our hand; Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, I will punish them. . . (Jeremiah 11:21-22)

Evil men sought to kill Jeremiah because he prophesied in the name of the Lord and they knew his prophecy had God’s authority behind it.

One of the greatest keys to spiritual power is the name of Jesus. We often fail in ministry because we depend on our own ability to deliver someone. It is not our name, position, or authority that carries the power. Our power is in the name of Jesus.

The mere chanting of the name of Jesus over and over can be little more than a ritual. It becomes vain repetition similar to that practiced by the Pharisees and scribes in Bible times. The name of Jesus is not some magical phrase. You must have faith in His name. The disciples emphasized this after a powerful healing recorded in Acts 3. Peter said:  

. . . And His name THROUGH FAITH IN HIS NAME hath made this man strong. (Acts 3:16)

We have chanted the name of Jesus like a ritual, but our faith in the name has been weak. How can this be corrected? How can we move beyond mere repetition of the name of Jesus to faith in the name which results in power? The Bible says:  

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.   (Romans 10:17)

Your faith in the name of Jesus can be increased by hearing what the Word of God says about that name. Through the Word you can understand the authority behind the name and Biblical guidelines for proper use of His name.

The name of Jesus is used. . .


The greatest power in the name of Jesus is the power of salvation from sin. It is only through His name that salvation comes:  

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins. . .  
(Matthew 1:21)

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)

He that believeth on Him is not condemned; but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:18)

You cannot be forgiven of your sins in any other way--only through the name of Jesus. You cannot gain access to God except through Jesus:  

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
 (John 14:6)

When presenting the Gospel it is important to emphasize that salvation comes only through the name of Jesus. Confession of the name of Jesus is an important step in the path to salvation:  

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9-10)

The power to become a child of God is through the name of Jesus:  

But as many as received Him (Jesus), to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name. (John 1:12)


Not only are you cleansed from sin and justified through the name of Jesus, you are also sanctified. Sanctification comes through the power of God which continues to work in you after salvation to enable you to live a holy life. Apostle Paul speaks of the evils of sin. He says. . . 

And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified IN THE NAME of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
 (I Corinthians 6:11)

Previously, these Corinthians lived in sinful practices. Now they could live a holy life through sanctification which came through the name of Jesus, just like you and I.

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