The book of Acts chronicles several miraculous acts that were performed by the apostles in THE NAME OF JESUS.
In Luke’s account, “the name of Jesus” carries a lot of significance as he narrates the working of the Holy Spirit through the apostles as the gospel was proclaimed to the uttermost parts of the world.
It is important for us today to comprehend the uniqueness of Jesus Christ. For by knowing Jesus, we know the Father; “now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (Jn. 17:4).
In Acts 2:37—4:13, Jesus is presented as: the Jesus the author of life; the promised messiah; the descendant of Abraham; the prophesied One. But more so, the name of Jesus Christ is given a lot of significance.
In this this context, the NAME OF JESUS is the ONLY Name that:
- Men are forgiven of their sins– “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38)
It is on the account of this name that sins of men can be forgiven, once and for all. As God’s anointed one, Christ did not sin and so able to forgive sins. He is the High Priest who needed no sacrifice for his own sins because he was sinless.
In this name, those who come to him in faith and repentant hearts are forgiven and their sins remembered no more.
Even the vilest sinner can be forgiven by calling on this name… On the account of this name the adulterous woman was forgiven… Also, by calling on this powerful name, tax collectors, sorcerers and murderous were forgiven and given a new name and identity…
- Has power to heal– “Then Peter said, ‘Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk” (Acts 3:6,16;4:10).
The apostles healed the man crippled from birth, by calling on the name of Jesus Christ. The name of Jesus is the ONLY name that is able to deliver humanity from weaknesses, diseases and infirmities.
In this name is both physical and spiritual healing.
Medical practitioners treat but God heals.
Yahweh revealed himself as Healer- “I am the Lord who heals you” (Ex. 15:26).
Call upon this name today for him to heal your body, soul, relationships, wounds…
- The dead are resurrected- (Acts 4:2)-
Through the name of Jesus Christ, the dead resurrect.
The dead hear his voice; the death Lazarus responded to Jesus’ call (Jn. 1:43). Believers will also resurrect in the future because the same Spirit who lives in them is the same Spirit that resurrected Jesus from the dead.
Through this name there’s life. Jesus gives LIFE. Eternal life.
By implication, he can breathe life to your lifeless situation…
- Men can be saved- “Salvation is found in no-one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
The name of Jesus is the ONLY name that men can be saved.
Are there other ways men can be saved apart from Christ?
Scriptures clearly affirm that there is no other name under heaven given to men by which they must be saved (Jn. 3:16-18, 14:3; Rom. 10:13-15). There is ONLY ONE way to the Father- Jesus Christ. He is the way, the truth and the life.
It is a hard truth and there is no other way around this exclusive view; there is no salvation without accepting and believing in Christ, the author of life, as the one who died for our sins and rose again (Acts 3:15).
Other religions and philosophies that claim to have truth are only false and empty.
Although we have established the fact that Jesus saves, we should also underscore the fact that one has to respond to Him in faith. And this is by calling on this name for salvation.
The Scriptures are clear, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom. 10:13).
Since there is only one Savior, the church should move with urgency in spreading the message of the gospel to the world lost in sin.
- Should be proclaimed – (Acts 4:17-18) They taught and spoke in his name. for people to come to salvation in thousands. Their numbers were added increasingly.
This is the name that the apostles testified. It is the name they propagated. They never went about creating brands for themselves, but they proclaimed God’s kingdom and exalted Christ in their preaching, teaching, doctrine and conduct.
Are our ministries today built around our own names or on the name of Jesus…
Are the organizations founded upon this name still actively proclaim this name?…
Are our teaching or preaching ministries Christo-centric?
- It is the name through which miraculous signs and wonders can be performed- (Acts 4:30)
It is through this name that demons were cast (Acts 16:18); for it is the name that even demons submit to (Mk. 16:17; Lk. 10:17)
By implication, we have power and victory over the devil and demons through the name of Jesus.
- We should pray– Jesus told his disciples to ask anything in his name (Jn. 14:13-14).
It is through the name of Jesus that we should present our requests known to the Father.
Our prayers are only answered by the Father in Jesus name (Jn. 16:23-24).
This is not a magical formula but a powerful name in which we plead to God. He is our advocate, high priest, and intercessor in heaven.
Therefore, we should not pray through angels but through Christ alone.
It is through this name that through prayer, the lowly are lifted up and the proud are humbled. It is through this name that some rise and some fall…
- In his name we serve–
Believers in Christ have opportunity to serve God in whatever profession by doing whatever they do in Christ’s name.
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col. 3:17).
The name Jesus Christ is a precious name: By this name the vilest sinners are delivered, by this name addict can be made sober; and the lost get found.
At the mention of this name demons flee, through this name kingdoms have been built and armies have been destroyed. At this name impossibilities turn into possibilities. By this name lives are transformed.
This name is a safe refuge: it is a strong tower that the righteous run into and they are safe (Prov. 18:10).
This is the name that someday every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth; and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Phil. 2:10-11)
THE NAME OF JESUS, THE NAME ABOVE EVERY NAME
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