Sun, 2017-05-28 12:06
5. 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.
In rank, authority and importance, there is none higher than Jesus Christ in the whole universe.
JESUS CHRIST IS THE IMAGE OF GOD THE FATHER
Colossians 1:12–18 (NKJV) Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
Verse 15 … He (the Son) is the image of the invisible God
Jesus Christ is the visible image of God the Father who is invisible.
Image - copy, resemblance, representative
Hebrews 1:1–3 (NKJV) God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person …
Express Image – Gr. Charakter - precise reproduction
John 5:37 (NKJV) And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form.
Jesus told the Jews that they hadn’t seen or heard Father God.
John 14:8–11 (NKJV) Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.
In verse 9 Jesus said: … He who has seen Me has seen the Father …
In other words, Jesus was saying:
Ø I Am a copy of My Father
Ø I Am My Father’s resemblance
Ø I am the Representative of My Father
Ø I Am the precise Reproduction of Father God
Verse 10: Do you not believe …?
Verse 11 … or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.
Philip, if you don’t believe that I Am My Father’s Representative by what I have said, you should at least believe by what I have done. You should believe in Me because of the works that I do.
John 14:12 (NKJV) “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
Jesus said: He who believes in Him will do the works He has done and even do greater works.
John 14:13–14 (NKJV) And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
Here, Jesus wasn’t talking about using His Name in prayer.
He was talking about using His Name to do the works He had done.
He had healed the sick, cleansed the lepers, raised the dead, cast out demons, multiplied bread and fish, calmed the storms, etc.
Verse 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
Ask – demand, require
When we cast out a demon in the Name of Jesus Christ, we don’t “ask” if he wants to get out of the person whose life he is controlling – we “demand” that He come out!
When we lay hands on a sick person and pray for sickness to leave them, we don’t “ask” if that sickness wants to leave – we “demand” that it leave them.
Luke 4:38–39 (NKJV) Now He arose from the synagogue and entered Simon’s house. But Simon’s wife’s mother was sick with a high fever, and they made request of Him concerning her. 39 So He stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. And immediately she arose and served them.
Rebuke – to admonish or charge sharply
When we pray against sickness, we need to rebuke it sharply, and charge or command it to leave, in the Name of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 8:23–27 (NKJV) Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. 25 Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” 26 But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
Jesus rebuked the winds and the sea, and charged it to be calm.
We can use the His Name and command situations and circumstances to chance and align with the purposes of God.