Common misconceptions about using or saying “in the name of Jesus.”
- An ending to prayers
- i.e. It functions like punctuation more specifically a period or exclamation point
- Magical phrase or secret password that will somehow invoke Christ’s power
- e.g. “Open Sesame”
- It’s used as a religious tool or element to get what you want.
- e.g. Lucky charm or rabbit’s foot
- 1 Sam. 4:1-10 The prophet Eli’s two sons Hophni and Phineas
- e.g. Lucky charm or rabbit’s foot
- Used as a title or label
- An earthly name like Tyrone
- e.g. CEO or CFO
What’s in a name?
- Exodus 3:13-14 “Then Moses said to God, ‘Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you. Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.”
God reveals his name to Moses as one who is being. He is His name and his name is He. He is the Eternal one, the Living one, the Always, and the Now. This is what “Life” and “Identity” means from God’s reality, vision and perspective.
- Exodus 23:20-21 “Behold, I send an angel before you to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared. 21 Pay careful attention to him and obey his voice; do not rebel against him, for he will not pardon your transgression, for my name, is in him.”
Jesus also says something very similar to what the I AM says to Moses.
- John 8:58 “Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”
The Reality of the Name
Jesus is the Name. We know the unknowable I AM through Jesus. We experience the untouchable Name through Christ Jesus; the Name is a Person.
- John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also.4 From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
- Col. 1:15 “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
- 1 John 1:1-3 “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.”
The person we know as Love, Wisdom, Jesus, Christ, Lord, Savior, King, Head, Ruler, Overcomer, Victory, Prince of Peace, Alpha & Omega, etc. are ways in which the NAME is revealed, and experienced. All of these names, or more accurately called, functions are according to who He has always been in the Spirit for eternity.
Since He is Being/Life, Saving is in Him, Kingship is in Him, Ruling is in Him, Overcoming is in Him, Victory is in Him, Peace is in Him, Eternity is in Him and much more. These functions cannot be separated from Him for they are His name explained to all.
The Name Above Every name
- Phil. 2:8-11 “And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father
The Father exalted the Lord Jesus Christ because He humbled himself even unto death thereby receiving the name, which is above all names. This was according to what has always been.
- Psalms 119:89-91 “Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. 90 Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast. 91 By your appointment, they stand this day, for all things are your servants
Christ Jesus has always been settled and firmly fixed in the heavens and all things are his servants. Christ Jesus in the flesh became who already was in the Spirit through humility and obedience.
There was one who had a divine name but was stripped of his divine name.
- Isaiah 14:12-15 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! 13 You said in your heart, I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High. But you are brought down to Sheol, to the far reaches of the pit
Because of pride and disobedience, he was given a low and name: adversary, devil, liar, accuser of the brethren, Lord of the dead and underworld, and the wicked one just to name a few.]
The Name, Christ Jesus, is worshiped, lived for, proclaimed, praised, adored, looked upon with awe, and expressed because He is highly exalted. He is most high!
- Hebrews 1:2-9 “2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. 5 For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”? 6 And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.” 7 Of the angels, he says, “He makes his angels winds, and his ministers a flame of fire.” 8 But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. 9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”
- Job:38 & 39 (with references to Christ instead of the questions)
The Name Expressed Corporately: Ekklesia
Just as Christ Jesus carries the Name, because all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell in Him, the Ekklesia carries Christ, the person by the Spirit.
- Acts 9:15 “But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.”
The Church has its Name or Being and He is Christ.
- Acts 17:28 “‘In him we live and move and have our being;’” 4 as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’”
The Name/Being of Christ is expressed and known through the corporate man (aka: the Ekklesia, the Bride, Body, House or Temple) who is seated in the Heavenly places far above all things.
The Holy ones assemble in the Name of the Lord
- 1 Cor. 5:4-5 4 “When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5 you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.”
So, when the Church or an individual member does something In the Name of Jesus Christ or says in the Name of Jesus they are releasing, expressing, explaining, imparting the Life or Being of the Godhead in Christ with the full thrust and weight of the Godhead in Christ.
As we have discussed substantially, considerably, exceedingly over the past 23 weeks, God the Father looks at one thing: His Son, Jesus Christ. We get so human-focused that we miss it. We’ve been trained to see us, ourselves, and we (“the unholy trinity”), and we completely miss God’s perspective. We want all these “things” – blessings, love, grace, mercy, etc. – but we think somehow, that we can attain these things apart from Christ. We can’t, saints.
As Paul says in Ephesians 1:10 – the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. That doesn’t leave much room for anything else.
So, what’s it mean to be in Christ? What’s all really in Christ? Let’s take a look at a very non-exhaustive list…