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About-Him.Com Devotional 03-17-2012
What’s in a Name?
In about 740 B.C. the prophet Isaiah prophesied the birth of the Messiah, whom he said would be called Immanuel, meaning God with us (Isa. 7:14; Mt. 1:23). Prior to the child’s birth, an angel gave specific instructions to Mary His mother as to how He would be named. His name would be called JESUS.
Luke 1:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
The angels identified the new born babe as the Savior who was Christ the Lord. The shepherds had no difficulty comprehending what the angels were saying. They may have been simply shepherds, but being schooled in the Old Testament scriptures, they understood that there was only One Lord, He being God Almighty.
Deuteronomy 6:4 ¶ Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God [is] one LORD:
In the book of Isaiah, God was very emphatic in stating the He alone was God and that He knew no other. There was no God before Him, or after Him (Isa. 43:10, 44:8). He declared that He was The LORD, a just God and a Saviour; [there is] none beside me (Isa. 45:21).”
The apostle James identified Him as the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.
James 2:1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
Isaiah said the child’s name would be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isa.9:6).
So what’s in a name? Identity! His linage is eternal. What else could it be when He tells us that He is the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Almighty (Re.1:8,17,2:8,22:13) He is the Creator of all things and by Him all things consist and He upholds all things by the word of His power (Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:3).
Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
God met Moses at the burning bush and stated that His name was, “I AM,” which would be His name and memorial for all generations (Ex. 3:15).
Jesus appropriated this name of God when He declared that, “… Before Abraham was, I AM.” The Pharisees certainly understood what He meant, when they accused Him of blasphemy for making Himself God and attempted to stone Him (Jn. 8:58, 10:33).
See: The I AMs of Jesus
Hear: The Name of Jesus by Pas. Bruce Garner
I believe the above scriptures firmly establish His identify. When I call on His name, “Jesus,” I am calling on the eternal God of heaven and invoking the power of all the fulness and manifestations of the godhead, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, that was resident in His human body (Col. 2:9) and also in His glorified body that is seated on the throne of heaven, where angels and principalities are subject to Him (Col. 2:16).
At His ascension, Jesus delegated the power and authority of His name to baptized believers. They would cast out devils; and speak with new tongues, take up serpents, drink deadly poison without being harmed and see the sick recover at the laying on of their hands (Mk. 16:16-18). That’s quite a list, wouldn’t you say? However, just because I’ve confessed Him and have been baptized in His name and filled with His Spirit, doesn’t mean that I can go about throwing His name around carelessly. His name conveys relationship. If I am not walking in relationship with Him, any attempt to use His name will be futile.
Jesus came in His Father’s name and thus did the works of His Father. He said that we would do greater works that He, because He was returning to His Father. We have the power and authority of His name, only when we maintain our relationship with Him. Do you remember the seven sons of Sceva. They tried to use the name of Jesus without a relationship to Him, and the devils merely laughed. “Paul we know and Jesus we know, but who are you (Ac. 19:14-16)?”
Colossians 3:16 tells us how to maintain our relationship with the Master.
Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
When God’s word is embedded in our hearts, we are quick to share psalms and hymns and teachings with others and to sing with grace to the Lord. This puts us in a ready state to appropriate the power and authority of God’s eternal name against all obstacles, when the need arises.
Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
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