In Christ 15 In His Name

As kings (rulers), we have the right to bind the Evil One out of our lives and loose the fruits of the Spirit in us (Matt. 16:19, 18:18, Gal 5:22-23). We are in charge, not some outside force. In fact, not even God is in charge of our lives unless we want Him to be; the choice is always ours. This is why, every day, we need to turn our lives over to Him and ask that He put His thoughts in us and help us to be, do, think, and act as He would have us to do. So, Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will (Prov. 16:3),

As kings in our lives, we have God-given authority to rule. It is the authority of the one who holds all power and authority, the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus told us in the most succinct and clear way possible when He said, All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me (Matt.28:18). For He [the Father] has put all things in subjection under His [Christ’s] feet. But when it says, All things are put in subjection [under Him], it is evident that He [Himself] is excepted Who does the subjecting of all things to Him. However, when everything is subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will also subject Himself to [the Father] Who put all things under Him, so that God may be all in all [be everything to everyone, supreme, the indwelling and controlling factor of life] (1Cor. 15:27-28).

Jesus holds all power and authority (Eph. 1:22). This cannot be argued. Furthermore, He has made this available to us, as His Body (Eph. 1:23). This is so that we can rule in that power and authority. But in order to do so, we must certify our authority by designating its true source: Jesus. So, whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him (Col. 3:17). Note that we are to do everything in the name of Jesus. Obviously, this does not mean we are to do evil things in His name. And obviously it does not mean that we need to go to the grocery store in His name. We need to be level headed and realize that this verse applies to all that we do in the service of the King, and not try to distort it into some ritualistic behavior. That would be just as silly as not doing anything in Jesus’ Name.

We can be assured that when we are dealing with the Evil One, anything that we do without invoking Jesus name will have no effect upon him. Jesus defeated him, and it is only Jesus that he must listen to. So when we invoke the authority that we have been given, by invoking the name of Jesus, our King, Satan must likewise listen to us. There is no need to get all angry and talk loud. There is no reason to call Satan all sorts of names. All we need to do is rebuke him (Jude 9), and tell him to leave in the name of Jesus, and he will leave. So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you (James 4:7).

And when we go to the Father to talk to Him, ask for things, intercede for others, give praise and thanks, worship Him, or whatever we are doing, we are to say, “Amen” (so be it) in the name of Jesus, always! I know many say their prayers and then simply say “Amen.” But this is not scriptural. Jesus told us: I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that My Father will grant you whatever you ask in My Name [as presenting all that I AM]. Up to this time you have not asked a [single] thing in My Name [as presenting all that I AM]; but now ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy (gladness, delight) may be full and complete (John 16:23b-24). It doesn’t matter if the bulletin simply says “Amen”, or others just say “Amen”; you have every right and responsibility to say “In Jesus’ name, Amen.” Make the use of His name your byword in all that you do in association with the King.

When Jesus was crucified, His death put the New Covenant in place. This New Covenant was His Last Will and Testament (see John 17), and it went into effect with His death. But there’s something else that we need to realize, and that is very plainly, that Jesus came back from the dead to also be the mediator of His own Last Will and Testament (the New Testament). Yes, Jesus is the Mediator (Go-between, Agent) of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood which speaks [of mercy], a better and nobler and more gracious message than the blood of Abel [which cried out for vengeance] (Heb.12:24). For there [is only] one God, and [only] one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus (1`Tim. 2:5).

We operate as the Church (His Body) under the terms of the New Testament. Trying to introduce our own terms into the Covenant won’t work. The Covenant was made between Jesus and our Father, not between us and God. Now the promises (covenants, agreements) were decreed and made to Abraham and his Seed (his Offspring, his Heir). He [God] does not say, And to seeds (descendants, heirs), as if referring to many persons, but, And to your Seed (your Descendant, your Heir), obviously referring to one individual, Who is [none other than] Christ (the Messiah) (Gal. 3:6).

But Jesus is Wisdom personified, and He made special provision for us. His special provision was that all who will accept His free gift of salvation become His brothers and sisters and get what He got! And if we are [His] children, then we are [His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His inheritance with Him]; only we must share His suffering if we are to share His glory. (Rom. 8:17). Very simply, this means that the promises made to Jesus are likewise made to us when we become God’s children.  For as many as are the promises of God, they all find their Yes [answer] in Him [Christ]. For this reason we also utter the Amen (so be it) to God through Him [in His Person and by His agency] to the glory of God (2Cor. 1:20). Notice, notice, notice, that we are to say the “Amen” through Him—that is we say, “In Jesus’ Name, Amen,” or a similar phrase that invokes the name of Jesus, our King and giver of our authority.

The promises are ours when we implement them in the name of Jesus. Don’t neglect his extremely important component of your life in Christ. It is, in fact, an absolutely essential component. Do all you do in the Name of Christ.

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