I command you, “In the name of Jesus”…
There is much ignorance about this phrase, “in the name of Jesus”, in the body of Christ. Consequently, the manifestation of power and authority that comes with “the name” evades the average saint.
What is a name?
To us of the western culture, the attributions given to “name” is completely different from the attributions of the east. We in the west, commonly understand a “name” to be the “a word or phrase that constitutes the distinctive designation of a person or thing” (according to the Meriam-Webster’s Dictionary). In other words, what the person or thing is called.
This inevitably has led to the majority of the body of Christ in the western world being under the impression that when the Bible says “in the name of Jesus”, it is referring to the name “Jesus” in itself that has power. This unfortunately could not be further from the Truth.
Let’s take a look at what “in the name of Jesus” actually means in the Bible.
First of all, have you ever taken a look at the syntax of the phrase “in the name of Jesus”?
N.B. “In the name of Jesus” is not, “in the name, Jesus”. To say “in the name Jesus”, would of course indicate, that the name “Jesus as in J.E.S.U.S”, in itself is special. If it was special, then not only would everyone that is named “Jesus” be power filled but everyone who uses the name Jesus would be in a predicament of technically using the wrong name because “Jesus” is a translation of the actual name of the Messiah i.e Yeshua, Yahshua.
The Bible, does not say in the name, Jesus, it says “in the NAME OF Jesus, which indicates possession. What does Jesus possess? He possesses “a NAME”.
Do you know that in Jewish thought a name is not only what something or someone is called?
A name conveys the nature and essence of the thing named and also represents the history and reputation of the being or entity named.
Name: G3686 onoma on’-om-ah a “name” (literally or figuratively) (authority, character). Meriam-Webster DictionaryName: appointment to a job of authorityhaving a well-known name and good reputationCharacter: position; capacity
Do you know that the phrase “in the name of” is actually found in the dictionary, meaning, “by the authority of”?
“By the authority of” refers directly to the authority or powers that accompany the office or status to which you are acting upon. Simply, one’s legal title and capacity.
So what exactly is Jesus’ “name”? Let’s take a look at the letter to the Hebrews..
Hebrews 1:1-6 AMP God, having spoken to the fathers long ago in [the voices and writings of] the prophets in many separate revelations [each of which set forth a portion of the truth], and in many ways,2 has in these last days spoken [with finality] to us in [the person of One who is by His character and nature] His Son [namely Jesus], whom He appointed heir and lawful owner of all things, through whom also He created the universe [that is, the universe as a space-time-matter continuum].3 The Son is the radiance and only expression of the glory of [our awesome] God [reflecting God’s Shekinah glory, the Light-being, the brilliant light of the divine], and the exact representation and perfect imprint of His [Father’s] essence, and upholding and maintaining and propelling all things [the entire physical and spiritual universe] by His powerful word [carrying the universe along to its predetermined goal]. When He [Himself and no other] had [by offering Himself on the cross as a sacrifice for sin] accomplished purification from sins and established our freedom from guilt, He sat down [revealing His completed work] at the right hand of the Majesty on high [revealing His Divine authority],4 having become as much superior to angels, since He has inherited a more excellent and glorious name than they [that is, Son—the name above all names].5 For to which of the angels did the Father ever say,
“You are My Son, Today I have begotten (fathered) You [established You as a Son, with kingly dignity]”?And again [did He ever say to the angels],
“I shall be a Father to Him And He shall be a Son to Me”?6 And when He again brings the firstborn [highest-ranking Son] into the world, He says, “And all the angels of God are to worship Him.”
The authority or the powers of Jesus’ office is SON and LORD. i.e Heir and the legal owner of all things.
Are you aware of the fact that an heir is also referred to as a lord? All heirs are lords.
Galatians 4:1-5 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
Therefore, the assertion “in the name of Jesus” is not in the word JESUS, but rather, “in the royal authority or royal rulership over all of Jesus The King”. The name is a reference to title and its accompanying capacity.
So now let’s consider some references to “His name”. Much like Acts 3:15-16 AMP. It reads: V15 “But you killed the Prince (Author, Originator, Source) of life, whom God raised [bodily] from the dead. To this [fact] we are witnesses [for we have seen the risen Christ].
Prince: G747 archegos ar-khay-gos’
a chief leader.
the ruler of a principality or state
a male member of a royal family; especially: a son of the sovereign
V16 And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health and complete wholeness in your presence.” ACTS 3:15-16 Amp
How about John 14:12-14?
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 (implying Sonship).And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
John 15: 16
You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed and placed and purposefully planted you, so that you would go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit will remain and be lasting, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name [as My representative] He may give to you
To ask in Jesus’ name is NOT to ask anything with emphasis and trust in the power of the word Jesus, but rather, to ask in the empowerment of His title and accompanying capacity of the office of SON (LORD) i.e Heir and legal owner of all things. The Prince. The chief leader.
Indeed we are united with Christ and are identified with Him both by His power generating nature as his siblings as well as sharing His official title, and capacity.
Ephesians 6:10 AMP In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might.
Be strong in the Lord: Be empowered in the Title and Official capacity of the Lord.
Philippians 2:9-11 reads:
Philippians 2:9-11 Amplified Bible (AMP)9 For this reason also [because He obeyed and so completely humbled Himself], God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow [in submission], of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,11 and that every tongue will confess and openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord (sovereign God), to the glory of God the Father.
N.B God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name. V11 identifies that that name is LORD (Sovereign God).
Hebrews 1:4 Amplified Bible (AMP)4 having become as much superior to angels, since He has inherited a more excellent and glorious name than they [that is, Son—the name above all names].