The Wonder Of His Name
There are inexhaustible depths and riches in the Name of Jesus that will fill your life with a glorious sense of liberating power, deeper insight into His will, renewed strength of spirit and the tapping of a fresh source of spiritual values.
His Name is not a mere title nor a theological term. It is not limited in its use as a convenient prayer ending. His Name has significance. It is life. It is power. It is loveliness. It stands out with holy and eternal brilliance.
"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His Name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins" (Matt. 1:21).
To the Christian who is walking in right relationship with the Lord Jesus, His Name is sweet, heavenly music, Divine strength and spiritual wealth. "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace" (Isa. 9:6).
The Name of Jesus for Salvation
"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). In this Name lies the very essence of Christianity. Through the new birth we become members of His family. "But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name" (John 1:12). He willed us His Name Ė "And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch" (Acts 11:26). Let us exercise our legal rights. Let us use our new family name to the greatest possible advantage for Jesusí sake and for His glory.
The Name of Jesus for Effectual Praying
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My Name, He will give it to you" (John 16:23). To ask "in My Name" means to assume our rightful relationship in the family of God. By faith we take the stand that in our identification with Christ, we are in all He is, was, or will be. When our spirit is so united with the Spirit of Jesus, there will not be room for self-will. Our entire being will be permeated with His will. Therefore to pray "in His Name" literally means to pray in His nature. When He controls the inner man, everything we ask of the Father will be granted because in a true union with Jesus, our requests will be His requests. His righteousness in us will prompt the right kind of praying. When Jesus gave the disciples the right to use His Name, that right meant that they were to represent Him; they were acting in His stead, and when they prayed "in Jesusí Name," it was as though Jesus Himself was praying.
The Name of Jesus for Healing
It was a pitiful sight. Every day someone had to carry this lame man to the gate of the temple. There he sat with out-stretched hands begging "alms of them that entered the temple" (Acts 3:2). "Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk" (v. 6). Immediately this command "in the Name of Jesus" gave strength to the feeble beggarís body. The servant of the Lord did not pray, nor did he preach. As a direct result of a simple command in the Name of Jesus, this lame man who had to be carried, now "leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking and leaping, and praising God" (v. 8). When the curious crowd of skeptics arrived, Peter told them, "And His Name through faith in His Name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know...hath given him this perfect soundness" (v. 16).
The Name of Jesus for Deliverance from the Power of Satan
A demon possessed damsel had been following the Apostle Paul with tormenting regularity. "And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the Name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour" (Acts 16:18). Paul did not engage in any weird procedure. He knew there was power and authority in the Name of Jesus and he used it. It worked. It will work for you and me. Praise the Lord!
The blood of Jesus takes the enemyís ground away from accusation and condemnation. It puts sin out of the way. The Name of Jesus represents the believerís authority over the works of Satan. Paul stood in a position of strength as he spoke the word of deliverance to this damsel who was bound by the tormentor. The blood of Jesus cut Paul off from sin, the cross of Jesus cut him off from self and the Name of Jesus brought him into union with the enthroned, authoritative Lord Jesus. This is the blessed privilege of every child of God.
The Name of Jesus in True Worship
"For where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there am I in the midst of them" (Matt. 18:20). To meet together in the simplicity of His Name, is to be "fitly framed" on the right foundation. Religious tags, fancy names or traditional trademarks do not disturb the devil. It is the Name of Jesus that stirs the devil and his crowd. "But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this Name. And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the Name of Jesus" (Acts 4:17-18). May God give us the spirit of these faithful proclaimers of His wonderful Name, who when they departed from the council, rejoiced "that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His Name" (Acts 5:41).
The Name of Jesus meant more to the saints of the early church than it does to most saints today. It needs to be recovered in church life and restored to its proper place. The theme of the early Christians should become ours, "the Name of the Lord Jesus was magnified" (Acts 19:17). The marshalled forces of hell shall not prevail against the little flock who meet in the Name of the Lord Jesus. He is in the midst of such a gathering. It is the only place of promised blessing for assembled saints.
The Name of Jesus for World Missions
It is the will of God for the full impact of the Name of Jesus to be heralded throughout the world. In principle, Godís message to Paul in Acts 9:15-16 is a message to each one of us. "For he is a chosen vessel unto Me, to bear My Name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: for I will show him how great things he must suffer for My Nameís sake." Luke also records the words of Jesus "that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His Name among all nations..." (Luke 24:47).
Unswerving loyalty, dedication, holy determination and spiritual enthusiasm were some of the traits of the early saints. That is why "...His Name was spread abroad" (Mark 6:14). Their commitment was summed up in Paulís words to the Colossians, "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus..." (3:17). Under this banner they marched into the teeth of fierce opposition. "Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this Name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this manís blood upon us" (Acts 5:28). There was not a traitor in the crowd. They kept marching. They were beaten. They kept marching. They were persecuted. They kept marching forward with truth and "rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His Name" (v. 41).
The Majesty of His Name
"Holy and reverend is His Name" (Psa. 111:9). The Apostle Paul speaks of the influence of His Name over all other names. "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a Name which is above every name" (Phil. 2:9). And then Paul speaks of a conclusive and final recognition of that Name. "That at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow...And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord" (vv. 10-11). Some knees will bow in humble worship to the Lord Jesus who is their personal Saviour. Some knees will bow in weighty guilt of unregenerate hearts. Some tongues will confess the blessed experience of knowing Jesus as Lord. Other tongues will confess that other people and things were the master of their lives.
In Jesus Name!
These words need to be spoken clearly and loudly and often. Speak them in the secret closet of prayer. Speak them in the home. Speak them in the assembly of the saints. Speak them while doing daily tasks. Speak them in the hour and place of need. Where His Name is honored the whole atmosphere will be filled with His lovely fragrance; horror will turn to courage, hate will turn to love, fear will turn to peace.
"The Name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe" (Prov. 18:10).