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The Bible says some phenomenal things about the name of Jesus. God has highly exalted Him and given Him a name which is above every other name (Philippians 2:9).
One day, seventy of Jesus’ disciples returned rejoicing and saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name” (Luke 10:17, NASB).
But too many people trivialize the use of the Lord’s name. Merely saying “in the name of Jesus” at the end of one’s decree or prayer does not accomplish anything. Invoking the authority of the Lord’s name is reserved for those who have a personal relationship with Him.
Jesus said these sobering words:
“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness’” (Matthew 7:22-23, NASB).
But how can both of these statements be true at the same time? In other words, how can it be true that someone does supernatural works in the name of the Lord as mentioned above and at the same time is someone who practices lawlessness and that Jesus disowns?
The truth is that the two statements cannot be true at the same time. Here is what Jesus says about that: “No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me” (Mark 9:39, NIV).
Jesus said these words in response to disciple John who had come to Him and said they saw a man casting out demons in the name of Jesus but they stopped him because he was not with them.
Because the man was successfully casting out demons in the name of the Lord, Jesus told John they should not stop the man. Though he was not one of the twelve disciples, his works attested to the fact that he was a believer. “Whoever is not against us is for us,” Jesus added (verse 40).
The point of all of this is that, in the last days, there will be some who will claim to prophesy and work miracles in the name of Jesus, but their works will not be accomplished through His name because they practice lawlessness and Jesus denounces them.
The use of the name of Jesus is reserved for those who place their faith and trust in Him.
Perhaps the funniest event recorded in the New Testament is found in Acts chapter 19. It involves seven sons of one by the name of Sceva. These seven sons were exorcists (Acts 19:13).
These men attempted to cast out demons in the name of the Lord. “And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you” (verse 15, KJV).
And here is the funny part; the evil spirit leaped on these men and prevailed against them and they fled out of the house naked and wounded (verse 16).
We conclude that anyone can take it upon himself to invoke the name of Jesus, but heaven will hear us and demons will be subject to us only if we have a personal relationship with God through His Son.
Praise the matchless name of Jesus!
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