Friday, September 11, 2015

What is in a name? Ephesians 1:21

Before we continue with the names of God, we need to grow in our understanding of a Biblical perspective of The Name.

In Ephesians 1:21, everything in all of creation, including the demonic powers, are under subjection to the Name of Jesus.God has bestowed great power in believers using the name of Jesus.

According to the Greek Lexicon #3688, the word for name represents the character, fame, reputation, authority, and dignity of that name. It is used as the substitute and representation of a person, or for the person, himself. It gives importance to the confession of the name for the sake of the person being confessed.

For instance: to be baptized onto someone’s name means to be baptized into the faith and confession of that person. Then, the one baptized will be identified with the character and purpose of the person named. 

The Bible talks about being baptized into John’s baptism of repentance. There is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in other tongues, and the Baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

When we are baptized in the name of the Trinity; Father, Son and Holy Ghost, we are given the names of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. We are now identified with Him and His character.

This name also refers to delegated power and authority.  

 Jesus instructs us, “As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, and cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.” (Matthew 10:7-8) We see this again in Mark 16:17-18.

Because of John 14:13, we can believe God will do, not simply what we ask, but He will do what is conformable to His character and His purpose.

As we learn the names of our God, we are learning to identify with Him and then can stand, believing He will do as He says He will do in His word, because we know it is conformable to His purpose. It is His will. Amen!

Blessings on your day!


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