The Name of Jesus vs. Faith in the Name of Jesus

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Philippians 2:9-11 reads thus:

“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.”

There’s ‘natural’ potency in the Name of Jesus. This potential power in that Name is present, whether or not you believe it. In Acts 4:12, Peter said: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” The Name of Jesus is powerful any day, any time.

However, how do we access that power? Is the power in the Name of Jesus available to everyone? Let’s see. In Acts 3, the lame man at the Beautiful gate of the Temple was healed through Peter and John. When these apostles were explaining what happened to the people, they said in verse 16:

“And his [Jesus] 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.”

So is the Bible saying it wasn’t just the Name of Jesus that healed that man but FAITH in that Name? In the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses shall a thing be established so let’s go over to Acts 19:13-16.

“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. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? 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.”

A personal relationship with the Savior is required for His Name to work for you. You may have heard of certain cases where God in His mercies came through for someone who used the Name of Jesus even though he/she doesn’t believe in Jesus. That’s the exception rather than the rule.

Food for thought:

John 14:12-13 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

Life nugget:

2Timothy 2:19 “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”



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