Monday, March 19, 2012

The Power of His Name

John 16:23 (NKJV) And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.

How does the name of Jesus get its power? How do we activate the power in this name? The Bible says in John 1:12, "But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name— (AMP)". Notice that it says, to those who believe in His name. If we understand it---we will believe, and the power will increase the more we believe.

In the Old Testament, God dwelt among His people in a tent-like structure called a tabernacle (Ex. 25:8). In this tabernacle, a priest would meet with God on behalf of the people. The children of God had to communicate with God through a priest. The priest had to go through a very specific procedure to be sanctified. This was necessary to meet with God, the procedure protected the priest from receiving judgement for sin.

When the priest would enter the most holy place of this tabernacle, he brought with him a golden pot of burning coals with incense (Lev. 16:13). The Bible says in Revelation 5:8, "...golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints." In simple terms, the priest carried the prayers of the saints before God.

Now back to our Scripture at the top. The verse begins with the words, in that day. This verse comes from one of the Gospels. The Gospels, the first four books of the New Testament, took place before the cross. The words, in that day, refer to the time after Jesus would be sacrificed on the cross.

When Jesus ministered on the earth, He ministered as High Priest. The Bible says in Hebrews 9:11, "Christ came as High Priest." While Jesus was still on the earth, He was our connection to God. He took our prayers---golden bowls of incense---before the Lord. Jesus was sacrificed on the cross to sanctify us, so that we could meet with the Father directly. The Bible says in Revelation 1:6, "[Jesus] made us kings and priests to His God and Father."

When we declare the Name of Jesus---we declare what He did for us. This one simple Name means so much. This name means everything provided by the cross. When we say Jesus, we are saying we know our authority. We know that we are part of the most powerful family in existence. Our Dad created time, space, and matter with one sentence (Gen. 1:1). When we use the name Jesus, we are saying that we can bring any situation before our Dad, and He will take care of it. It is a warning to our enemies.

Knowing that name gives us every benefit of the cross. Because of the cross we can come boldly before the father (Heb. 4:16). Because of the cross, we have been redeemed from all the curses listed in Deuteronomy 28, sickness, soundness of mind, poverty, family troubles, and any kind of bondage (Gal. 3:13). Because of the cross, God Himself lives inside of us (1 Joh. 4:4). The cross, put the enemy under your feet and he will by no means hurt you (Lu. 10:19).

It is not just a name. It is everything that the cross is. Think about that when you use it.

Be blessed!

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