The Name of Jesus Christ

John 14:12-14 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also: and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

In legal terms believers, "he that believeth on me", have been given a Power of Attorney to use the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Power of Attorney is the legal right to use the name of the person who has given you the power. This power is limited only to the extent of the resources behind that name. If the name of Jesus Christ has power, and believers have the legal right to use that name, then we have a Power of Attorney to utilize whatever resources he has available.

Two Gods:

When I was first learning God's Word (before I was really learning it) I had been told a couple things about God, the devil, and the Lord Jesus Christ that turned out to be accurate statements of truth from God's Word. Because what I was told was true, when I applied what I knew in real life situations it worked. This is what I had been told:

1. There are two gods: one evil and one good. One god is the devil (the evil one); one God is the true God (the good one).

2. The true God can be identified as the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Knowing these two facts, when situations arose in which I wanted guidance from God, it was important to me that I call upon the right God. I was very careful, perhaps to extreme, to always identify God as "the God who is the Father of Jesus Christ." Without much knowledge I was opperating the Power of Attorney given to believers by the Lord Jesus Christ and God blessed my prayers and responded to my needs with tremendous blessings and power.

The god of this world:

II Corinthians 4:3-4a But if our gospel be hid it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, ...

Luke 4:5-7 And the devil, taking him [Jesus Christ] up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

The God (and Father) of the Lord Jesus Christ:

Romans 15:6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

II Cortinthians 1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

Ephesians 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

I Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

The Name of Jesus Christ:

1. Inherited

Hebrews 1:4-5 Being made so much better than the angels, as he [Jesus Christ] hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?

2. Given

Philippians 2:9-10 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, [Jesus Christ] 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.

3. Earned or acquired

Hebrews 10:12 But this man, [Jesus Christ] after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

Use of the Name of Jesus Christ

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 [even] the Father by him.

As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country. Proverbs 25:25

June, 1997
Michael Cortright