Sun, 2017-05-07 12:47
2. The Name of Jesus Christ – the Name above every other name
The Bible clearly differentiates between the Person of Jesus Christ, and the Name of Jesus Christ.
We are not just called to believe in the Person of Jesus Christ, but we are also called to believe in 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.
The Name of Jesus Christ carries the privilege, the ability and the authority of the Person of Jesus Christ.
1. Jesus Christ received a more excellent Name by Inheritance
2. Jesus Christ received a more excellent Name by Bestowal
3. Jesus Christ received a more excellent Name by Conquest
In rank, authority and importance, there is none higher than Jesus Christ in the whole universe.
We have been authorized and commanded to use His Name:
Mark 16:17–18 (NKJV) 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 or use His name to cast out demons, His name works just as if He were present.
Who is this King of Glory:
Ephesians 1:15–20 (NKJV) Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places.
After God the Father raised Jesus from the dead, He invited Him to sit on a throne at His right hand in heaven.
Acts 2:32-33 (NKJV) This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. 33 Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God …
Ephesians 1:21–23 (NKJV) Far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. 22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
Jesus Christ is now seated in His exalted position far above:
1. All principality – all ruling demonic spirits
2. All power – various levels of demonic authorities
3. All might – their various abilities and capabilities
4. All dominion – all lordships incl. their inhabitants and territories
5. Every name that is named (known or unknown)
Paul introduced the proclamation of Christ’s exalted position to the Ephesian believers by praying that they would receive a revelaton of all this.
Similarly, when we grasp a (greater) revelation of who Jesus Christ is and of the power of His Name, our prayer life will be revolutionized.
When Jesus first arrived in heaven after His resurrection, a great ceremony took place as His Father gave Him His kingdom and crowned Him the Lord of lords, and the King of kings.
Psalm 24:7–10 (NKJV) Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. 8 Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle. 9 Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. 10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah
Daniel 7:9–10 (NKJV) I watched till thrones were put in place, and the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, its wheels a burning fire; 10 A fiery stream issuedand came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, and the books were opened.
God the Father is the Ancient of Days. He conferred authority and glory on Jesus and gave Him an everlasting kingdom. And He decreed that all peoples, all nations and all languages should serve Him.
Daniel 7:13–14 (NKJV) I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. 14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion,which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.
(Revelation 11:15–17 (NKJV) Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” 16 And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying: “We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was and who is to come, because You have taken Your great power and reigned.)
(Revelation 14:14 (NKJV) Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle.)
Following His coronation in heaven, Jesus returned to the earth and appeared to His disciples over a period of forty days (Acts 1:3), speaking to them about His kingdom.
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.
We call this “the Great Commission” where Jesus commanded us to make disciples of all the nations and and populate His kingdom.
Revelation 5:8–10 (ESV) And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, 10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”
NKJ – … out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation …
Jesus Christ has called us out from where we were so we will serve Him.