THE POWER IN 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 Bible teaches that there is power in the name of Jesus, but what does that mean? Before we answer this question, let us first start by looking at the importance of a name.
THE IMPORTANCE OF NAMES
In Bible times names had an importance they do not possess as much today. In many modern cultures, a name is often used only as a personal label. However in Bible times, great significance was attached to a person's name. Names were given that were often determined by some circumstance at the time of birth (Genesis 19:22). Sometimes the name expressed a hope or a prophecy (Isaiah 8:1-4; Hosea 1:4). Because of the importance of names in Bible times, God changed the names of several people:
· He changed Abram to Abraham in view of his destiny; “Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.” (Genesis 17:5)
· The name Abraham means "father of a great multitude."
· God changed Sarai to Sarah.
· God changed Jacob to Israel.
· Simon was called Peter.
· Saul became Paul.
Their names all reflected their destinies in God's plan. Because of the importance of the meaning of names, God selected a very special name for His only Son.
THE NAME OF JESUS
The name of Jesus is very powerful. Many are ignorant of the power in the name of Jesus and they are being robbed of many of God’s blessings as well as fulfilment in life. The enemy will do anything to keep man in the dark so that he can continue to oppress him. The truth is that the power in the name of Jesus brings deliverance from all oppression of the devil and delivers dominion to mankind. All power is invested in the name of Jesus.
“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 KJV)
“And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.” (Acts 3:16 KJV)
God fully knowing the power of names, carefully chose the name of Jesus to reflect His purpose while on earth and then after His resurrection. The name of Jesus was given to the Son of God when He came to earth in human form. It was given in obedience to the command of an angel to Joseph and Mary.
“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)
The name Jesus means Savior. Jesus had other names too. He is commonly called Jesus Christ, Christ Jesus, Lord Jesus and Lord. These are also combined into the title, the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ means Anointed One. Jesus is once called Emmanuel, which means God with us. Jesus called Himself, The Son of Man and He is often called The Son of God in New Testament writings. John called Him the Word and the Lamb of God. There are many other titles given to Jesus, such as the bread of life and the light of the world.
Each of the names given Jesus is important in understanding His position and ministry. However our Lord is most commonly referred to as Jesus throughout the New Testament. It is this name that we are referencing power to in this teaching. The name of Jesus is sometimes combined with His other names which are used in the demonstration of God's power through believers in the book of Acts.
HOW NAMES ARE OBTAINED
There are three ways that great men obtain their names:
1. At Birth: Some people are born with a great name. They are born as a prince, princess or child of a great tribal leader. They may be born into a family with a name known for great wealth or political power. These people inherit their great name through their parents.
2. By achievement: Some people make a great name by their personal achievements. They become great writers, inventors, politicians, and leaders.
3. By conferment: Other people receive a great name because it is bestowed upon them. They are given a great name by another person. For example, a poor woman may receive the name of a rich politician when she marries him. A king or tribal leader may give a title of importance to one of the people in his kingdom or tribe.
HOW JESUS GOT HIS NAME
Jesus received His name in all three ways that great men receive their names on earth.
1. At Birth: Jesus received His name at birth, through inheritance from His Father, “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets. Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds; Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on High; Being made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.” (Hebrews 1:1-4)
Jesus inherited a name greater than any other being in the universe. His name is greater than any king, president, or tribal leader. It is greater than the name of any angel in Heaven.
2. By achievement: Jesus also received His name by achievement because he conquered all the power of the enemy; “And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” (Colossians 2:15)
3. By conferment: Jesus also received His name by having it conferred upon Him, “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 therefore the most powerful name in the universe!!
“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 message of the Gospel. He also left them with a special power to enable them to fulfill the mission. Jesus gave us the 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 always, even unto the end of the world.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
When a person gives his own name to another, it means that the two of them are joined together in close unity. An example is when God gave His name to Israel:
“The Lord shall establish thee a 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)
Let us now look at different areas that we can use the name of Jesus:
· His name gives us our identity:
“And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”(Acts11:26). As a Christian, you are identified with God because you believe in the name of Jesus and you are expected to live like Him. 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)
· His name provides salvation:
The greatest power in the name of Jesus is the power of salvation from sin. It is only through His name that salvation comes. Salvation means deliverance from our sins, transgressions and inequities. It means preservation from harm, ruin, or loss. Reader there is no deliverance from sin and the consequences thereof, nor preservation from harm, ruin, or loss except through the name of Jesus. For you to enjoy the benefits, including healing in the name of Jesus, you need to understand the power in this name.
“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! It is only through the name of Jesus, this is the only way. 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 important as part of 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)
· Jesus’ name is above every other name:
“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 KJV)
The name of Jesus is above the name of any sickness or disease or situation. Whatever has a name is below the name of Jesus and must give way to it, no matter where it may come from; heaven, earth or hell.
· Only through His name can you get anything from God:
“And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” (John 16:23-24 KJV)
God preordained the name of Jesus that even after the death and resurrection of Jesus, no man can relate with Him for any reason whatsoever except through Jesus. Jesus is now the gateway to God and all His blessings. You can only go in and receive your blessings, including healing through Him.
· Ministering in the Holy Spirit through His name:
The Holy Spirit was given in the name of Jesus,
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:26)
· Everything Jesus is and carries is in His name:
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mark 16:17-18 KJV)
Whatever Jesus can do, the power in the name will do it as well when you use it in faith. Whatever God can does, you can also do in the name of Jesus. You can say – let there be in Jesus name and there will be. We exercise our God-given authority only in the name of Jesus.
· His name is at work 24/7:
“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”(Revelations 1:18 KJV)
“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:20 KJV) Because Jesus lives forever and He is with us always, His name is never on a break. Look for Him, or call Him anytime, anywhere and the power in the name will work.
· The enemy knows and understands the power of names, especially the name Jesus:
He trembles at the name Jesus.
“And behold, they shrieked and screamed, What have You to do with us, Jesus, Son of God? Have You come to torment us before the appointed time?” (Matthew 8:29 AMP)
The devils trembled at the presence of Jesus. They still tremble at the name of Jesus.
“And she did this for many days. Then Paul, being sorely annoyed and worn out, turned and said to the spirit within her, I charge you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her! And it came out that very moment.”(Acts 16:18 AMP).
Command healing or deliverance over your life or loved one in the name of Jesus and the spirit of infirmity will leave immediately.
· Sanctification through His name:
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. In 1 Corinthians 6 Paul speaks of the evils of sin.
“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.”(1 Corinthians 6:11)
Previously, these Corinthians lived sinful lives, now they could live holy lives through sanctification which came through the name of Jesus.
· The name of Jesus is a strong refuge:
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” (Proverbs 18:10 KJV)
The power in the name provides protection, covering for them that believe in it. When you call His name in time of danger, Jesus quickly shields you from any imminent evil.
· The name of Jesus provides protection:
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name, they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them.” (Mark 16:17-18)
The Apostle Paul was bitten by a poisonous snake and it did not hurt him. You can read about it in Acts 28.
· His name commands instant delivery:
“And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.”(Acts 9:34 KJV)
When you call His name for help, the answer is sent immediately. Most of the time you will see an instant manifestation but at other times you will see results after a while as you walk in obedience to God’s word.
· Power to cast out devils:
Devils or demons are the angels of Satan. They were formerly the angels of God who joined Satan in rebellion against God. They are now part of the forces of Satan active on earth in many evil ways. Demons can enter unbelievers and express themselves and at times possess them. Demonic powers can oppress believers, but not possess them. Their Satanic powers are to be broken in the name of Jesus.
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils. (Mark 16:17)
When Paul was confronted with a demon possessed woman, he 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)
· The power in the name of Jesus is invoked through faith
“And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.” (Acts 3:16 KJV)
If you call Jesus’ name in unbelief or carelessly, it will not work. Therefore, anytime you are mentioning Jesus’ name do it in faith and with the understanding of the power that lies in His name. Don’t call His name in vain; it is unacceptable unto God.
· You are qualified to use His name only if you are born again
“Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, we adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.” (Acts 19:13-17 KJV)
It is very dangerous to use the name of Jesus if you have not identified with Him. You have to give your life to Jesus first before you can exercise the power in the name.
· Reigning by the name
Through the name of Jesus, you become part of the Kingdom of God. We become partakers of the inheritance of the saints.
“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us, meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son.” (Colossians 1:12-13)
As part of the kingdom of Jesus, you receive an inheritance of power to reign in life.
“For if by one man's offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:17)
You are to reign in life through the name of Jesus. You are to reign over the negative circumstances of life through the name of Jesus. You are to reign over all the powerful forces of the enemy through the name of Jesus!
· The final reference
The final Biblical reference to the name of Jesus is found in the book of Revelation.
It speaks of the day when believers will be in the presence of their Savior in the new Heaven and earth.
“And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and His servants shall serve Him: And they shall see His face; and His name shall be in their foreheads.” (Revelation 22:3-4)
o That name we have cherished.
o That name we have used in authority to minister and in which we have prayed.
o That name by which we have reigned in life.
o THE NAME OF JESUS . . . Will become part of our identity for all eternity!! Hallelujah
The name of Jesus works through faith. We can only experience the above-mentioned results when we have faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God. By faith, the disciples performed miracles, signs, and wonders in the name of Jesus (Luke 10:17; Acts 4:29–30). We have the same power Jesus has, the power of the Holy Spirit, within us when we put our faith in Him as Lord.
There are those people who attempt to perform miracles in the name of Jesus without placing their faith in Him. In Acts, the seven sons of the priest Sceva attempted to cast out demons in the name of Jesus without actually believing in Jesus. They had no power over the demons because they were not walking in the power of Jesus. Instead they ended up bleeding and badly beaten by the demon possessed man (Acts 19:13–16). God will honor the power within Jesus' name if it is accompanied by faith that Jesus Christ is Lord. Again, the power in Jesus' name is not the name itself as if it is a magical formula to produce certain results; rather the power of Jesus' name is the Person of Jesus. When we belong to Him through faith, we can rely on Him and know that His power is at work in us.
As believers, we are fully convinced of the power within the name of Jesus. When we pray, we have the power of Jesus at work within us. Our lives as Christians are lived from a place of acknowledging the power in Jesus' name.
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."(Colossians 3:17).
The powerful name of Jesus makes it possible for all people to be saved, healed, and delivered. Psalm 115:1 reminds us: "Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!"
FOR FURTHER STUDY
The following list contains all the Scriptural references to the name of Jesus in the New Testament. Continue your study of power in the name of Jesus by using this list:
· Matthew: 1:21; 1:23; 1:24,25; 10:22; 12:18,21; 18:5; 18:19,20; 19:29; 28:19
· Mark: 9:38-41; 16:17-18
· Luke: 10:17; 24:46-47
· John: 1:12; 2:23; 3:18; 14:13-14; 14:26; 15:16; 15:20-21; 16:23,24,26; 20:31
· Acts: 2:21; 2:38; 3:6; 3:16; 4:7,8,10,12,17,18; 4:29-30; 5:28,40-42; 8:12; 9:14-16;
· 9:21,27,29; 10:43; 10:48; 15:25-26; 16:18; 19:5
· Romans: 1:5; 10:13
· I Corinthians: 1:2; 1:10; 6:11
· Ephesians: 5:20
· Philippians: 2:9-11
· Colossians: 3:17