When we say the words God, Yahweh, I AM, and Jesus is it more than just saying the name? There are numerous references to using the "Name of Jesus" to heal and even when we ask for something in prayer. Come with me on this journey to explore the meaning of use of the "Name of God"
My bible study group is looking closely at Acts and we have noticed we have seen a lot of references to the "Name of God". For example:
Acts 2:38: Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 4:10: then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.So I wanted to explore this a little further here are my findings:
1. The names of the Lord isn't to be taken lightly.
Deuteronomy 5:11 “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.Not only is the name of the Lord a big deal there are consequences to using it wrongly. So be careful if you using it and not talking to Him directly.
2. The names of the Lord also describes their attributes.
Isaiah 29:33 When they see among them their children, the work of my hands, they will keep my name holy; they will acknowledge the holiness of the Holy One of Jacob, and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.
Exodus 34:14: Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.
Holy One is just one example of the attributes that are described by some of the names of God. King of Kings, Lords of Lords, Jealous, Jehovah and many more.
3. The Lord is known by His Names and his actions.
Psalms 81:10: I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.
Proverbs 20:11 Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright?
His names also imply his actions such as our names also do. When you say the name "mom". I picture in my head loving, nurturing and someone who is concerned for me. When I say "Savior". I picture Jesus taking my place on the cross and the holes in his hands.
4. The Lords Names also represent Authority.
John 7:18: Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.
John 5:30: "I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
Philippians 2:10: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,This sort of goes along with #1. If you are using the name of Jesus you are also saying He gave you the Authority to do whatever you are doing. This is where being lead by the Spirit really comes into play. Things go not so well when you don't. For example:
Acts 19:13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.
Needless to say, The Name of the Lord really is a big deal. Be careful how we use it. Seek Him and His word for wisdom on when and where to use it.