THE NAME, THE WORD AND TRADITION OF MEN: THE NAME; DELEGATED AUTHORITY (THE RESPONSIBILITIES)
“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 KJV
1Timothy 2:4, makes it clear that God wants us SAVED and come to the knowledge of the Truth. In this series, we have found out that the Resurrected Christ is the Truth personified. A study of this through His name revealed that the Name carries absolute Authority in Heaven, on Earth and under the Earth (Philippians 2:9-11). This authority in all its ramifications has been delegated to us, making us AMBASSADORS for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). This is an unprecedented, unparalleled Privilege, but with it comes incomparable Responsibilities! Always keep in mind that, when you speak or act through that Name, in the spiritual, it is Christ that is seen not the individual (Galatians 2:20), this reality must be a living concept. Let's have a quick tour through the three spheres.
“And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”John 16:23-24 KJV
The night before His crucifixion, Christ introduced a completely new concept in prayer to His disciples. No longer would they have to approach God through their individual merit which is flawed, but by and through His name. This was a complete shift in paradigm, a huge wrinkle in their thought process. At best they have couched their works with the names of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Now it was time to junk this pathetic ineffective approach and come boldly to the throne of grace in the Name of the Risen Lord Jesus Christ. Not only that, they should expect God to respond positively 'whatsoever' they requested (please refer to capsule 36, 2016), just like He responded to Christ during His earthly walk. Up till then nobody had this privilege, this was to become the new and living way to approach God the Father. They were no longer beggars, now they access through Christ (Hebrews 10:19-20).
Why? Because God has given Him a name above all names and we are AMBASSADORS for that name. (Please bear with me, this is mind bending, I am having to condense a lot of things).
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 KJV
Acts 4:12, says there is no other name under heaven that guarantees salvation. This is pretty self explanatory, in fact it is a no brainier. Romans 10:9 (my paraphrase) says if you will confess Jesus Christ as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. You acknowledge with your mouth the commitment in your heart. Christianity is the only faith body that has a saviour, the reason for this is simple, God gave Christ a name that is above All on the earth and we are AMBASSADORS for that name. So that through that Name we can reconcile men to God through the birth in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:19). People who are dead in spirit, come alive and are reconnected to connect through justification by that Name (Ephesians 2:1-5).
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;” Mark 16:17 KJV
Colossians 2:15 paints a vivid picture of the sorry state of Satan and his cohorts: Conquered, defeated and paraded openly. What he has left are lies and deceit. Over and over the defeat of Satan is repeated throughout the Gospel. Hebrews 2:14-15, Christ assumed the form of man so that He can through death destroy Satan through his own weapon, death. Verse 15, by so doing, Christ released us from the fear and bondage of death. Knowing this, any demonic operation, both direct and indirect, from sickness/disease, to frank demonic possession is based on deception and at the name of Christ loses its grip because He, God the Father has given Him a Name above ALL names in heaven, on earth (that is among men) and under the earth (that is over Satan and his works). This might shock you but it is the absolute truth, every or any work of darkness in your life exist because you allow it (directly or indirectly). Nothing can stand against the Name of Jesus deployed from a believing heart (Mark 16:17-18)
This Name gives us access to the Throne Room, with this Name we reconcile men to God, translating them from the kingdom of darkness to light. When we decree in this Name we cast out devils and every manifestation of death.
AS AMBASSADORS, WE HAVE AUTHORITY THAT DEMANDS A RESPONSIBILITY THROUGH HIS NAME.
I promised you this series would challenge you, I hope it's doing just that. This is Christianity 101, the basics. We would consider the next.
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