One day Jesus sent out seventy of His disciples (Luke 10:1). Their charge was to go before Him and proclaim the gospel of the Kingdom. In the end, these disciples came back to Jesus rejoicing. “Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through your name” (verse 17).
The name of Jesus still carries that kind of authority today. Demons still tremble at His name. The Bible says we should believe on the name of Jesus. For instance, in John’s writings, he reveals one of the reasons he wrote his epistles: “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:13).
After the Last Supper with His disciples and prior to His crucifixion, Jesus instructed His disciples to make their requests in His name. “Hitherto have you asked nothing in my name: ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24)!
I could go on and on about the matchless name of Jesus. In fact, as I wrote this blog post, I was tempted to do exactly that. Scripture upon Scripture came to my mind. But it’s beyond the scope of a blog post to do an exhaustive study on the majesty of the name of Jesus. Suffice it to say that we must believe in the authority that His name carries.
No other name in heaven or on earth carries the authority of the name of Jesus. After He rose from the dead, He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Matthew 28:18). But it’s not enough for us to simply tack His name on the end of the things we decree or the requests we make. We must have faith in the authority of His name.
God has highly exalted the name of Jesus. No other name in heaven or in earth comes close. “And these signs shall follow them that believe,” Jesus said to His disciples (Mark 16:17). “In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues….” In these final days, in this world of increasing unbelief, it behooves us to become more deeply rooted in our faith in the awesome name of Jesus.
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