In The Father's Name
John 5:43 -
I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
I have heard and read many preachers and theologians but most of them fail to know Jesus Christ. This statement may surprise you.
Let us diagnose today's message. In today's message Jesus says He comes in the Father's Name. Here most theologians believe this name symbolizes the authority of God the Father. Now if we look at all the other Men of God including the Prophets, they also came in the name of God and they exercised the authority of the Lord so that would make Jesus just another Prophet.
We can see this same unique claim made by Jesus in John 17:12 which has been mistranslated by many Bible translations.
John 17:12 - While I was with them in the world, I kept them in your name: those that you gave me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
Most translations including the KJV-AV translate the part 'I kept them in your name: those that you gave me I have kept'. But when we go to the interlinear we see that statement does not mean the same. Here a few translations give a better interpretation.
[NIV] John 17:12 - While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me...
[NASB] John 17:12 - "While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; ...
In this scripture Jesus clearly states He used the Name of the Father which was given to Him to protect those given to Him. Does that make the Father's name Jesus? No. The name Jesus or Emmanuel or the other names Jesus is known by are mission centric to identify Him and His purpose.
It was this statement which made me dig in to the Hebrew and Greek words which were given as names to the Lord to understand what is the Name of the Lord? My research just left me in awe of knowing the Lord better as to Who He is. It made me know Jesus better, understand Him better and understand His mission; His purpose for us and our purpose in Him. That does not mean I know Jesus totally, for this study opened the door to the fact we hardly know the Lord.
It is sad to see people have settled down with a Jesus they hardly know. Satan has been playing this game on the people of God by satisfying them with a Jesus that is like a great star seen from earth as a spec of light. It is only when we travel near to the star we realize we and the whole earth are like a spec before it. You will see this deceit clearly among the non-Word rooted Christians or the so called Christian like the Catholics. You will see them having statues where Jesus is portrayed often as an infant as infant Jesus, or an infant in the arms of His mother or in the arms of the so called saints of their church. Think the most powerful man in the world is made to look like a cute child.
It is also true as the Bible (not a scripture but understanding of scriptures) states nothing can stand before the Name of God for His Name is as Holy as He is Holy. Even the Angels (not only Satan but also the Angels of the Lord) fear the Name of the Lord and that is why Jesus said no one has seen the Father other than the Son.
History states when the Israelites used to write the name 'Jehovah' they would first go and wash themselves and make sure they were clean before they wrote the word. It was not that they were some lunatics but they had some knowledge of God even though they were far from God.
We need to realize Satan does not want us to know more of Jesus because he knows we will have power and protection when we know more of the Name of Jesus, for it is also the Name of the Father, not only the Father but Godhead all three.
When we go to a shop and pick a product, all the products in that shelf may be same but the barcode on that item identifies that item in our hands as unique, not only in the whole shop but also among the thousands of that same brand and product type. People do not realize the simple thing like a barcode identifies a product so also our real (spiritual) name identifies us and is unique in the whole of creation therefore the Lord says He knows even before we were born and from the foundation of creation and He knows the names written in the Book of Life. Like we have a spiritual name that identifies us uniquely so also the Name of the Lord is unique to Him and all of the Heavens take refuge in that Name.
It is written at the end when the Name of the Lord is revealed every being will bow before it. The scripture 'every knee shall bow' is also misunderstood because it has been diluted very much. The word knee here is not a noun but a verb. It speaks about those who have already surrendered to the authority of Lord Jesus Christ for those who have not, will not be there standing before Him when Jesus reveals His true self or Name. People do not understand what it means when Jesus comes again. For example it is written all will see Him come even though the earth is round, note the horizon is max 30kms and we see different parts of the sky for different continents, so how is everyone able to see Him.
It is the Holy Spirit who prepares us and makes is worthy to come to know Jesus more than the man Jesus. It is by the grace of Jesus Christ received by our faith in Jesus that we receive the Holy Spirit and it is by the working of the Holy Spirit we are made worthy to be able to exist when the Lord Jesus Christ reveals Who He is. As for today we are taking baby step towards that destination of knowing Jesus, helping each other to continue that journey.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You made us with a purpose and the plans You have for us are beyond the imagination of man. Lord out of your mercy You have hidden these things for man, so that the Truth does not consume us corrupted beings. Lord out of your grace we have received your Spirit to work in us and made us worthy to know the Truth and Lord You are Truth. Everything in this world is relative but You alone do not change and your Name does not change, for You are the same before creation and will be forever. You alone are Holy...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
Genesis 4:26 - And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call on the name of the LORD (there was no Torah and before the Lord spoke to Noah or Abraham to reveal Himself identity, so what was the Name).
Psalms 99:3 - Let them praise your great and terrible name; for it is holy.
2 And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning to mount Sinai, and present yourself there to me in the top of the mount.
3 And no man shall come up with you, neither let any man be seen throughout all the mount; neither let the flocks nor herds feed before that mount.
4 And he hewed two tables of stone like to the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up to mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone.
5 And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.
6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the children's children, to the third and to the fourth generation.
8 And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.
9 And he said, If now I have found grace in your sight, O LORD, let my LORD, I pray you, go among us; for it is a stiff necked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance.
Isaiah 57:15 - For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
John 17:11 - And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to you. Holy Father, keep through your own name those whom you have given me, that they may be one, as we are.
John 6:46 - Not that any man has seen the Father, save he which is of God, he has seen the Father
John 1:18 - No man has seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him.
John 14:9 - Jesus said to him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet have you not known me, Philip? he that has seen me has seen the Father; and how say you then, Show us the Father?
2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
3 But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.
10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
Philippians 2:10 - That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Romans 14:11 - For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
30 Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them, The LORD shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth.
31 A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD.
1 Thessalonians 4:16 - For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:
2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,
3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.
4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.
9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.
11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
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