It is all in The Name
Acts 3:16 -
And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
When I had just come into the Lord there was confusion in me as to what name do I take connected with Jesus when it came to healing a person. I knew from scriptures like in today's message that the Name of Jesus has power. There were names like Jesus (English), Yeshu (Hindi), Yeshua, Jesu, Iesous (Greek), Joshua (Hebrew), Emmanuel etc. which were before me, I started think is it that I was not taking the right name that is why I was not experiencing the power in the name. Then to add to it I came across the right translation of John 17:12 'While I was with them, I kept them in thy name which thou hast given me: and I guarded them, and not one of them perished, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled'. People thought the 'which' was referring to the people but was in fact referring to the Name. So then the names Yahweh, Elohim, Jehovah etc. got added to the list.
It was when I came to the 3rd stage of Bible study which is word study, where in I started digging into each word and its characteristics that I realized all names in the Bible have meanings to it. It was not only names of people but even names of places, rivers, etc. had meanings to it.
In Greek the word onoma translated as name comes from the root word ginosko which means understanding. That is the reason all the names translated from Hebrew to Greek were not done with keeping the pronunciation but the meaning. That is the reason the Hebrew name Yeshua has the Greek name Jesus. But we use names like barcodes by which we tag people. We do not take efforts to find names which will be a blessing to the child, nor bother to find the meaning of the name which we assign to a child. In the Bible the Lord gives importance even to place and things but we treat man worse than them when we give meaningless names.
We may call on the Name of the Lord in English, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Tamil or another language but if we do not have an understanding of Who He is then that name has no power. It is not the word Jesus that has power but the knowledge of Who He is that has power. To know Jesus does not mean we can read the New Testament and say we know Him. Actually the knowledge of Jesus is less in the New Testament and more in the Old Testament. It may surprise most the whole Bible from the first scripture to the last scripture is all about Him. That is the reason none of us till date really knows the Name of Jesus fully yet the little we know does wonders.
Let us grow in the Name of Jesus so that we grow in power. It is by the Name that all beings in Heaven, Earth and even Hell bow (leaving God for the Name is He).
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You are Holy and your Name is Holy. Like no corrupt man can live before your glorious You so also no corrupt man can take your real Name and live. Lord, work in us that we may know your name and live. Your Name has power and it is your Name that protects us. Keep us in your Name...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
Matthew 1:21 - And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
38 And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.
39 But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.
Acts 2:38 - Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.
15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
17 And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
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