The Name of Jesus
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. – (Phil 2:9-11)
What’s in a name you may ask? A name symbolises authority, power dignity, royalty or personality. In some cultures names are given to children symbolic of their destiny or what the parents see in that child. Joseph was told in a dream that Mary would have a child born of God and he should call his name Jesus which means ‘Saviour’. 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. (Matt 1:21)
The name of Jesus was also a title bestowed upon Jesus after He defeated hell and the grave in his resurrection according to Phil 2:9-10. It is the name of highest honour only to be given to the one who was worthy of it, and Jesus proved He was when He defeated the devil and his cohorts.
15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. – (Col 2:15).
17 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. – (Rev 1:18).
When Jesus conquered the devil, He disarmed him of all his power and took from Him also the keys of death and hell. Before Jesus, Satan ruled as lord over, sin, hell and death. All the patriarchs and saints from Abraham, and people of God were trapped by Satan in death; but when Jesus rose again from the dead he freed all the captives and took them up with him as states:
8 That is why the Scriptures say, “When he ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captives and gave gifts to his people. – (Eph 4:8)
Jesus has set us free from hell and the grave but he has also set us free from sin and sickness.
24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. – (1 Peter 2:24)
The fact is that He has totally disarmed principalities and powers by His victory on the cross and the grave. Sin, sickness and death have no power over you. That is why we can command sick bodies to be healed; we can also command the dead to be raised why? Because Jesus has already won the victory, we are the enforcers of that victory.
Imagine an army invaded a foreign land and the battle was one. The General calls you to his office and tells you “Major the battle has been won in the land, but I am putting you in charge of this area and I’m going back to head quarters. Ensure that the peace is maintained and enforce the victory in the land, punish any disobedient as you have my full permission and authority”. The battle has already been fought and won, your job is to ensure everybody stays in line and obeys your every command because you are the representative of the army in the land. They will obey your word as if it were the General speaking directly. The general has delegated authority to you to rule the land.
18 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. – (Matt 28:18-20).
Jesus has delegated the right to rule the earth to His body the church. The same authority the head has, the body has also and Christ’s authority on the earth is exerted or demonstrated through the Church.
19 And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength, 20 Which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places], 21 Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come. 22 And He has put all things under His feet and has appointed Him the universal and supreme Head of the church [a headship exercised throughout the church], 23 Which is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills all in all [for in that body lives the full measure of Him Who makes everything complete, and Who fills everything everywhere with Himself]. – (Eph 1:19-23) Amp.
So you see when you say “In the name of Jesus” all of Gods authority backs up whatever you are going to say. You have been given the right to use that name, you have been given the power of attorney to speak as though it was Jesus himself speaking. The angels, demons, principalities, powers, sicknesses, diseases and any other names both in this world and the next MUST bow in submission to that name.
Do you now see the authority that is invested in that name, so the next time you pray for the sick or make a petition to God understand your right and authority to use that name and you will see diseases leave peoples bodies, crippled bodies made whole, the dead brought back to life and demons tremble and leave as you command them to go.
12 “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. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask[c] anything in My name, I will do it. – (John 14:12-14)
Do you now see what Jesus meant when He said the works that He did we would do also after His resurrection and seating with His father, why? Because by His resurrection he defeated the enemy and was given the name above all names. He also conferred on us the authority on earth to use that name. Not just that, He now also lives in us in the person of the Holy Spirit in all of His fullness and power to destroy the works of the enemy. 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. – (John 1:16).
We need to honour and reverence the name of Jesus; we need to believe in the power of the name. Jesus said these signs will follow them that believe in my name:
…they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover. – (Mark 16:17-18).
We are commanded to believe in the name of Jesus; 23 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. – (1 John 3:23).
When Peter was asked how he was able to heal the crippled man at the gate called beautiful, Peter clearly stated that it was through faith in the name of Jesus that the crippled man was healed.
16 And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. – (Acts 3:16).
7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, “By what power or by what name have you done this?” 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: 9 If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, 10 let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. – (Acts 4:7-10).
There is power in the name of Jesus.