Sun, 2017-04-23 12:09
The Name of Jesus Christ – the Name above every other name
John 1:10–12 (NKJV) He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
When Jesus Christ came into the world, He came specifically to the Jewish people who, by and large did not receive Him. But those of us who have received Him have become children of God who believe in His name.
Interestingly, in this passage of Scripture the Bible clearly differentiates between the Person Jesus Christ, and the name Jesus Christ.
Notice verse 12: …. As many as received Him …
This is speaking about the Person of Jesus Christ!
Notice also in verse 12: … those who believe in His name
This is speaking about the Name of Jesus Christ!
In other words, we are not just called to believe in the Person of Jesus Christ, but we are also called to believe in (or on) the Name of Jesus Christ.
1 John 3:23 (NKJV) And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.
We are commanded to:
Ø believe in (or on) the Name of Jesus Christ
Ø be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38)
Ø pray to the Father in the Name of Jesus Christ (John 16:23)
Ø cast out demons in the Name of Jesus Christ (Mark 16:17)
Ø pray for sick people in the Name of Jesus Christ (Acts 3:6)
Ø anoint sick people in the Name of Jesus Christ (James 5:14)
What is it about the name?
The Name of Jesus Christ carries the ability and the authority of the Person of Jesus Christ.
HOW DID JESUS CHRIST RECEIVE HIS MATCHLESS NAME?
Hebrews 1:3–4 (NKJV) 3 … when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
1. Jesus Christ received a more excellent Name by Inheritance
After Jesus’ sacrificial death and subsequent resurrection, God the Father appointed Him Heir of all things and gave Him a more excellent Name than all the angels.
More excellent than the name of Michael the archangel; more excellent that Gabriel the messenger angel; more excellent that the names of any of the angelic beings including cherubim and seraphim.
Philippians 2:5–11 (ESV) Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
2. Jesus Christ received a more excellent Name by Bestowal
Because Jesus humbled himself and became obedience even to the point of death, the Father has highly exalted Him and given Him a Name that is above every name.
In rank, authority and importance, there is none higher than Jesus Christ in the whole universe.
Ø … in heaven – referring to all heavenly beings
Ø … on earth – referring to all earthly beings
Ø … under the earth – referring to all demonic beings
Colossians 2:15 (NKJV) Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over themin it.
3. Jesus Christ received a more excellent Name by Conquest
Jesus defeated satan on the cross and stripped him of his authority. He took from him the keys of death and hades and left him crushed and destroyed.
Colossians 2:15 (Msg) He stripped all the spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the Cross and marched them naked through the streets.
Hebrews 2:14–15 (NKJV) Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Revelation 1:17–18 (NKJV) And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.
We are authorized and commanded to use His Name:
Matthew 28:18–20 (NKJV) And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Mark 16:15–18 (NKJV) And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Although Jesus Christ is not physically present when we pray, His name works just as if He were present.
All power, authority and ability has been vested in His Name.
The Name of Jesus Christ is loaded with all that the Person of Jesus Christ is and has.
In the legal arena we have what is called “Power of Attorney”.
“Power of Attorney is an authority that a person (the donor) gives to another person or company to act on their behalf.”
Jesus Christ has given us Power of Attorney to use His Name on His behalf and get things done on the earth.