Here you can read notes i made when speaking at church a few years ago! It looks at why names are important, particularly the name of JESUS:
Names are important– they reveal:
NAME means and speaks of renown, fame, memorial, character, marking, branding. Your name ‘marks’ you
Proverbs 22:1 – A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches
- Exodus 3:13-15
Then Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the People of Israel and I tell them, ‘The God of your fathers sent me to you’; and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ What do I tell them?”
14 God said to Moses, “I-AM-WHO-I-AM. Tell the People of Israel, ‘I-AM sent me to you.’”
15 God continued with Moses: “This is what you’re to say to the Israelites: ‘God, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob sent me to you.’ This has always been my name, and this is how I always will be known.
God told Moses His name (remember: God is trinity – father, son and holy spirit so for God to reveal his name is for father, son and holy spirit to reveal their name). I AM-a divine name, declaring the character and attributes of God. YAHWEH/JEHOVA/LORD variations of the name I AM.
It means ‘to be’-He can be all we need him to be
God is. He has always existed and always will…he is, not he has been or he will be!
- John 12:12-15
The next day the huge crowd that had arrived for the Feast heard that Jesus was entering Jerusalem. They broke off palm branches and went out to meet him. And they cheered: Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in God’s name! Yes! The King of Israel!
Jesus got a young donkey and rode it, just as the Scripture has it: No fear, Daughter Zion:
See how your king comes, riding a donkey’s colt.
The word used here for name speaks of Jesus’ rank, authority, reputation, and who he was representative of– Jesus came in the name of God – a representative of who God is. Jesus had huge authority. He had both earthly and heavenly reputation. They didn’t say ‘blessed is this man!’…they recognised the power he had by being connected to the name of God. To walk in the name of the Lord carries responsibility. We have responsibility to be God’s representative on earth now through the power of the Holy Spirit, just as Jesus did then. We are identified by the name of the Lord. We are identified as belonging to the one true God because of the name of Jesus (religions have no trouble with the word GOD but mention JESUS and we are in trouble!)
- Only given the name Jesus on earth – Name for God the son is the Word.
John 1:1-5 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He existed in the beginning with God. 3 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. 4 The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it
We refer to God the son as Jesus but this was His earthly name. His original name is the Word and he will return as the Word. (research logos – Bible is written word (logos), Jesus is the living logos, Holy Spirit gives the spoken logos)
Matthew 1v21 And she will bring forth a son, and you shall call his name JESUS, foe he will save his people from their sins
(God told Joseph in a dream to call the baby Jesus). Jesus’ name was ordained before time. God stepped into time to let Joseph know what he was to be called because his name was vital. JESUS means “Yahweh is Salvation” or “He shall save”, representing salvation to humanity.
The name given to the Word, the name Jesus -a name above every name. Highly exalted.
- For Christians, the name of Jesus Christ is the most wonderful and most powerful name in existence.
In Psalm 72, although King David was writing about his son, Solomon, he also speaks prophetically of Jesus. Verse 17 says, “His name shall endure forever; His name shall continue as long as the sun. And men shall be blessed in Him; All nations shall call Him blessed
Believing in Jesus is one thing, to believe in his name is another. It is to rest in all he says he is. Trusting him to fulfil his promises even when it’s tough. “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:13)
Believeing in his name is salvation! Adopted into his family – John 1:12. No other name brings salvation – Acts 4:12
Salvation = deliverance, preservation, soundness, rescue, general well-being, prosperity. These are for now, not just in heaven
“For whosoever shall call upon THE NAME OF THE LORD shall be saved” (Rom. 10:13).
- Called to hold fast to his name – Rev 2:13 –It will pull us through persecution. When everything material is taken from us, the only worthy thing to cling to is His name – it encompasses his whole being. Holding fast to His name establishes our faith as we trust in him to overcome. His name symbolises victory over all life can throw at us!
- Christians have been given the power of attorney. Legally, power of attorney is the authority to act in another person’s behalf, at their request. It is authorization given by Jesus permitting Christians to take action on his behalf.
“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:13,14)
“Whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” (John 16:23, 24)
“For where two or three are gathered together in MY NAME, there am I in the midst of them” (Matt. 18:20).
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In MY NAME shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues” (Mark 16:17)
Prayer offered up in the name of Jesus that is in line with his will, carries his weight and authority behind it
Not a magic word. The power is not even in saying words, but in understanding and believing all that the name of Jesus signifies. His name represents all of His finished work on the cross, fulfilling God’s plan of redemption and salvation, victory over sin, death, and over the devil’s entire realm. When the name of Jesus Christ is invoked(used/raised), it carries all of the power and distinction God gave to it. God raised Jesus from the dead, elevated Him to His right hand, and gave Jesus a name above “every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.” (Ephesians 1:21)
- Must be born again to use his name though (7 sons of sceva) Acts 19:11-17
11 God gave Paul the power to perform unusual miracles. 12 When handkerchiefs or aprons that had merely touched his skin were placed on sick people, they were healed of their diseases, and evil spirits were expelled.
13 A group of Jews was traveling from town to town casting out evil spirits. They tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus in their incantation, saying, “I command you in the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, to come out!” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a leading priest, were doing this. 15 But one time when they tried it, the evil spirit replied, “I know Jesus, and I know Paul, but who are you?” 16 Then the man with the evil spirit leaped on them, overpowered them, and attacked them with such violence that they fled from the house, naked and battered.
17 The story of what happened spread quickly all through Ephesus, to Jews and Greeks alike. A solemn fear descended on the city, and the name of the Lord Jesus was greatly honored. 18 Many who became believers confessed their sinful practices. 19 A number of them who had been practicing sorcery brought their incantation books and burned them at a public bonfire. The value of the books was fifty thousand pieces of silver (fifty thousand days wages…several million dollars…) 20 So the message about the Lord spread widely and had a powerful effect.
The seven sons of the high priest Sceva were not in relationship with Jesus. If they had been, they could have used Jesus’ name in freeing people from demonic activity and the spirits would have had no choice but to obey because of the power and authority of the name of Jesus. Because they weren’t, the spirits overcame them. The name of the Lord became feared and honoured. People had seen first hand the realm in which the name of Jesus operated.
- His name will bring suffering –John 15:20 Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you
The more we choose to walk and be identified by the name Jesus, the more we will come across opposition
- One day all will know his name. Jesus Christ is Lord. Unable to deny it! Even those who scoffed at us
“God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth.” (Philippians 2:9, 10)
- Name brings forgiveness of sins through repentance. On the day of Pentecost, the people were deeply moved after Peter’s powerful sermon, and asked, “What do we do?” Peter answered, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)
- Name brings wholeness and healing. “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in THE NAME OF THE LORD” (James 5:14)
Acts 3 Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. 2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; 3 who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. 4 And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” 5 So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. 6 Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” 7 And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8 So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God. 10 Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
11 Now as the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch which is called Solomon’s, greatly amazed. 12 So when Peter saw it, he responded to the people: “Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go. 14 But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 15 and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses. 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……….(cut out some verses)
Acts 4 Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, 2 being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. 4 However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.
5 And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders, and scribes, 6 as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. 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. 11 This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’[e] 12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. 14 And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. 15 But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, 16 saying, “What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17 But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name.”
18 So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. 20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” 21 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way of punishing them, because of the people, since they all glorified God for what had been done. 22 For the man was over forty years old on whom this miracle of healing had been performed.
The name of Jesus was banned! They could see that by his name people were made whole.
It is by faith in this name above all names, the name of Jesus Christ, that people are saved, set free from bondage, healed of sicknesses and diseases, and made whole. There is no other name under heaven more powerful or more significant, and this is something we can have complete confidence in. When we ask/command something in the name of Jesus, the answer is given immediately…we may not always see it immediately but the answer has been delivered.
- The enemy knows and understands the power of names, most especially the name Jesus. He trembles at the name Jesus.
Matthew 8:28-31 They landed in the country of the Gadarenes and were met by two madmen, victims of demons, coming out of the cemetery. The men had terrorized the region for so long that no one considered it safe to walk down that stretch of road anymore. Seeing Jesus, the madmen screamed out, “What business do you have giving us a hard time? You’re the Son of God! You weren’t supposed to show up here yet!” Off in the distance a herd of pigs was browsing and rooting. The evil spirits begged Jesus, “If you kick us out of these men, let us live in the pigs.”
The devils trembled at the presence of Jesus. They still tremble at the name of Jesus
- The name of Jesus is a strong refuge.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous run into it, and are safe – Proverbs 18:10
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
There is no name more important or powerful (and also hated!) than the name of JESUS. Your name is important too though! Why don’t you find out what your own name means? Ask God how the meaning behind your name can contribute to His kingdom