The Name of Jesus
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11 [NIV]
The name of Jesus. There’s something mighty in that name. It’s the name above all other names. It’s the only name that God has exalted, the only name invested with divine authority, the only name that moves God and commits Him to act. It’s the key to unlocking heaven’s secrets. It has power to change situations and circumstances. It can override the laws of nature, reverse the inevitable and take the “im” out of impossible. It is the one name that can destroy the works of darkness. Angels revere that name; demons tremble at the mention of it.
There’s power in the name of Jesus. There’s salvation in that name (Acts 4:12). There’s healing in that name (Acts 3:16). There’s new life (John 20:31) and remission of sin (1 John 2:12) in that name. There’s protection and deliverance in that name (John 17:12). There’s peace and joy in that name (John 16:24). It is by that name alone that demons are driven out, the sick healed and mighty things accomplished to the glory of God (Mark 16:17). And it is by that name that we also receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).
And the exciting thing is that the name of Jesus has been given to us who believe. We are authorized to use that name. Time and again, Jesus said that we were to ask in His name and act in His name. And He committed Himself to backing us up fully whenever we acted in His name or invoked His name (John 14:14). The early church knew how to appropriate the name of Jesus, and they turned the world upside down.
Those who opposed Jesus tried to forbid the use of His name (Acts 5:40) because they understood that without that name the believers would be powerless, that the Gospel would never go forward. And not surprisingly, it is the one name that the devil hates and he always seeks to demean that name. Isn’t it interesting that people don’t swear by any other religious name but the name of Jesus?
The name of Jesus. It should be the name that is constantly on the lips of every believer. The sound of that name should be in our homes, in our offices, wherever we are. I tell you that the very sound of that name has power to impregnate the atmosphere around us, drive out demonic influences, chase away depression and fear, heal our bodies and bring down the blessing, the peace, and the joy of the Lord. It is our great inheritance in the Lord, our great shield, our great strength. Jesus! Only Jesus! Blessed be the name of the Lord!