The Name of Jesus
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. ~Philippians 2:9-11
Peter Forsythe said, "The first duty of every soul is to find not its freedom but its Master." Who is Jesus Christ to you? What does His name mean to you? This morning, we want to consider the importance of the lordship of Jesus Christ. Jesus is either Lord of everything or He is not Lord at all.
There is the preeminence in the name of Jesus.
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name.” Jesus means “Jehovah saves, or Jehovah is salvation.” The name of Jesus is God-inspired and God-given. Though this wicked world has made light of Jesus' name, even to the disparaging and profaning of His name, God has highly exalted Him. His name is holy. His name is highest of all names. His name is regal in nature. His name is righteous in its attribute. His name is exalted and above every other name.
There is the performance in the name of Jesus.
“Every knee should bow... and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” There are those who love the Lord, who already bow their knee and confess with their tongue that Jesus is Lord. However, there are the profane, the wicked, the unbelieving, and the hateful who also will bow and confess. The evolutionist, the atheist, the humanist, the self-promoter, the selfish, the delusional, the deceiver, the cultist, the ego maniac, the irreverent, the narcissist, the worldly, the educated, the uneducated, the thief, the disobedient, and the religionist will all bow the knee and confess with their tongue that Jesus Christ is Lord.
There is the passage through the name of Jesus.
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name given under heaven among men, whereby we must be saved.” A sinner cannot be saved except through the name of Jesus. Salvation cannot be attained through any other name. The religions of the world mislead people to believe that salvation is available through some man: it is not! You either come to God by the name of Jesus, or you cannot enter into Heaven. Jesus saves! Not some method, not some man, and not some other means.
There is the praying in Jesus' name.
We bring our petitions to God through the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” We ask in Jesus’ name. We have access through Jesus' name. We have approval through Jesus' name. Every prayer we make to God must be in Jesus' name if we hope to see God answer and work mightily on our behalf.
Are you taking time to honor and exalt the name of Christ? Do you get excited that His name speaks of His attributes and personal relationship to us? Are you praying in Jesus' name? Are you seeing a consistent working of God in your prayer life? We must be a people who are in submission and accepting of the power in Jesus' name! There is no other name like the name of Jesus!
Have a worshipful God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Proverbs 10-12