Before going further into the study of the Name of Jesus, we need to study Jesus, the Man, see His standing in Heaven, His achievements in the Plan of Redemption,a nd the glory and honor that belongs to Him today as He sits at the Right Hand of the Majesty on High.
God spoke through men of old by special illumination of the mind, but in thee last days He speaks unto us in the Person of His Son.
It is more than through Him, or by Him, it is God manifest in the flesh, carrying out His will, speaking His own inner thoughts in the life and acts of the Son.
From the new Throne which has the Body of His Son, He is speaking to man in a new revelation of Himself.
When this Son Whom God had appointed heir of all things and Who was the outshining of His glory and the very image of His substance, the One Who upholds all things by the Word of His Power, when this Son, I say, had, as Substitution for sins, satisfied every claim of justice and met every need of man, when this task was complete, this Son sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on High, which is the highest seat in the universe.
When God speaks through man, He must absolutely take possession of the man so the man will not use his reasoning faculties while delivering the message.
But in the case of Jesus, God did not need to possess Him, for it was the Eternal Son Himself.
He remembered His place in the Father’s bosom. He could say, “the glory that I had with Thee before the worlds were”, “I came out from the Father. I came into the world.” “I leave the world, and go unto the Father”.
“have I been so long time with you and dost thou not know Me. He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father.
He was the revelation of the Father. He did not have to imitate God. He was God!
His Three-fold Greatness
Some men are botn to a great name as a czar or king. Others make their name great by achievements, or have a great name conferred upon them.
Jesus is great because He inherited a great Name; His Name is great because of His achievements; He is great because a great Name was conferred upon Him.
He inherited a Name great than that of any angelic being, and, as a Son, He is heir of all things and through Him the ages have been brought into being.
He is the effulgence, the very outshining, of the Father.
His Name comes to Him as an Inheritance; and what it must have been to have Inherited this Name from His great Father-God!
Philippians 2:9-10. God has given Him a Name before which every knee must bow in the three worlds, and whose greatness every tongue must confess, to the glory of God the Father.
In Hebrews, we are told that He inherited a greater Name than the angels.
Here we are told God gave unto Him the Name which is above every name.
The inference: there was a Name known in heaven, unknown elsewhere, and this Name was kept to be conferred upon someone who should merit it.
Jesus, the Eternal Son as He is known in the bosom of the Father, was given this Name.
It is this exalted Divine Human Being Who has given us the right to use His Name.
God has made this investment for the benefit of the church. He has made this deposit on which the church has a right to draw for her every need.
He has given to Him the Name that has within it the fullness of the Godhead, the wealth of the Eternities and love of the heart of Father God, and that Name is given us.
We have the right to use that Name …
… against our enemies
… in our petitions
… in our praises and worship
This is only the beginning of the wonders and the value of the greatness of that Name.
The picture is of Christ in the dark regions of the lost, in awful combat with the hosts of darkness. It gives us a glimpse of the tremendous battle and victory that Jesus won before He rose from the dead.
The margin reads: Having put off from Himself the principalities and powers.
The whole demon host, when they saw Jesus in their power, simply intended to swamp Him, overwhelm Him,m and they held Him in fearful bondage until the cry came forth from the throne of God that Jesus had met the demands of Justice, that the sin-problem was settled and man’s redemption was a fact. The Satanic forces had been conquered. He had despoiled the principalities and the powers and made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
When this cry reached the dark regions, Jesus rose and hurled back the hosts of darkness and met Satan in awful combat as described in Hebrews 2:14.
Through death, he paralyzed him that held the dominion of death, that is the devil. (Rotherham)
After Jesus had put off from Himself the demon forces ad the awful burden of guilt, sin and sickness that He carried with Him down there, He grappled with Satan, conquered him, and left him paralyzed, whipped and defeated.
He fulfilled the words that He spoke in Luke 11:21-22. He bound the strong man, took his armor, and divided his spoils.
When Jesus rose from the dead, He not only had the keys of death and hell, but He had the very armor in which Satan trusted.
He has defeated the devil, he has defeated all hell, and He stands before the three worlds, heaven, earth and hell, as the undisputed victor over man’s ancient destroyer.
He conquered Satan before hs own cohorts, his own servant in the dark regions of the damned and there He stood in that dread place, the absolute Victor and Master.
Is it any wonder that, fresh from such tremendous victories, He should say to the disciples, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and in earth.”
He is the Master and Ruler of the Universe.
The authority that He has won is delegated to us in the use of His Name.
He gave His Name to us that we might carry out the will of the Father in this dispensation in which we are living.
The Early Church utilized this authority, acting for Jesus in His stead.
They wrought miracles and the miracles opened doors for ministry and service. It gave authority to their credentials, a standing in the communities in which they preached. They had the coin of the unseen Kingdom.
The omnipotence of God was invested in that Name, and the disciples in the Early Church used it with a fearless abandon that is absolutely thrilling.
They believed in God! They lived and walked in the realm of the supernatural.
It was the days of God on earth to the people where they ministered.
Look at the promises Jesus made regarding the Name.
John 14:13; 16:24
He does not say “If you believe” or “If you have faith.”
The Name has been given to us. It is ours. What is mine I don’t need faith to use.
When we are born into the family of God, the right to use the Name and the privilege to use it comes with the new birth.
All the authority vested in that Name is given to us in order to bring glory to the Name of the Father – that the Father may be glorified in the Son. This Son Who was an outcast on the earth, and crucified, hung naked before the world, His Name shall go ringing down through the ages. Wherever the shame of the crucifixion has gone, the glory and might and power and honor of that Name will go. Wherever men have ridiculed Jesus, that Name will go. Wherever men have cursed that Man, that Name will go with its Omnipotence, its might and power, shedding blessings and healing and comfort upon the human race, and honor and glory to God, the Father.
He now is to be with us in the power of that Name which takes His place.
All that He could do locally can be done locally now by every believer.
In other words, He multiplies Himself as rapidly as He multiplies the Church, for the weakest son has a legal right now to all the grace and might and power and blessing and health and healing and life enwrapped in the Person Who bore that Name.
That Name has lost none of the Power of the Man Who bore it.
Oh that our eyes were open, that our souls would dare rise into the realm of Omnipotence where the Name would mean to us all that the Father has invested in it. That we would act up to our high privileges in Christ Jesus.
This is practically an unexplored tableland in Christian experience.
If our minds could only grasp the fact that Satan is stripped of his armor by the Lord Jesus and that disease and sickness are servants of this Man; that at His voice they must depart, it would be easy to live in this Resurrection Realm.
Matthew 8. The centurion talked with Jesus: But speak the Word and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man set under authority, and I say to this one, Go, and he goeth; to another, Come, and he cometh. You, Lord, have been set over diseases as I am set over these hundred men, and am called a centurion; so you are Master over disease and sickness, over disease and the Laws of Nature. All you have to do is to speak and your servants obey, as I speak and my servants obey.”
This centurion had risen to a higher plane of spiritual appreciation of Jesus than most believers enjoy today.