The Precious Name of Jesus!
By David J. Stewart
"Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name.That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." -Philippians 2:9-11
What a precious name, JESUS! There is NO greater name in all the universe. Acts 4:10-12 tell us that salvation can ONLY be found in the NAME OF JESUS... "Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
The producers, publishers, sellers, and readers, of the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible DON'T love Jesus. The NIV removes the precious name of JESUS in 37 places!!! The NIV is one of Satan's most grand achievements. Why Would Anyone Use the NIV? If you love God, then you'll use the King James Bible that still honors His Son, Jesus Christ. All modern bibles attack the Godhead and the deity of Jesus Christ.
The Devil hates the name of Jesus. It is NO coincidence that Freemasonry members are forbidden to pray in the name of Jesus, because their "Great Architect" is Satan himself. It is NO coincidence that Oprah Winfrey, James Van Praagh, John Edward, Char Margolis, Sylvia Browne, and all the other psychic's from Hell never mention Jesus, because they are dabbling in demonic familiar spirits.
Many people mock and attack the name of Jesus. It is a sin to curse by exclaiming... "Jesus!" This is taking God's name in vain, which brings the judgment of God (Deuteronomy 5:11). God will deal severely with those who curse in Jesus' name, e.g., Jesus ******* Christ! There is NO greater evil. All of TV's late night shows mock the Savior. Conan O'Brien has even portrayed Jesus Christ as a homosexual voyeur. What does Jesus mean to you? 1st Peter 2:7 states, "Unto you therefore which believe he is precious..." Conan O'Brien doesn't love the Lord. Those who curse with Jesus' name DON'T love the Lord. Few people today love the Lord, because very few people are genuinely saved. 1st Corinthians 16:22 states, "If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha," i.e., let him be cursed (anathema) because the Lord is coming (Maranatha). Most people today have rejected Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, and do not love Him. They will be damned... "That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness" (2nd Thessalonians 2:12).
Lift Up the Name of Jesus!
As believers, we need to uplift the wonderful name of Jesus in our daily lives. We should mention Jesus in our conversation, in our writings, and in our work. The unsaved world curses Jesus Christ, removes Jesus from their bibles, mocks Jesus on television, bans Jesus from their schools, and hates anyone who loves Jesus (John 15:19). Jesus taught in John 14:26, "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send IN MY NAME, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." Even the Holy Spirit comes to us in Jesus' name. Thus, anytime you hear people talking about "spirits" or "spirituality" without mentioning the precious name of Jesus, then you know it is a demonic spirit, and not the Holy Spirit. We read in Revelation 19:10, "...for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." Jesus said in John 5:39, "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which TESTIFY OF ME."
The Scriptures, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ are INSEPARABLE! Hordes of imposters are getting rich on TV, offering all sorts of spiritual guidance and advice, but the Holy Spirit and God's Word are deliberately excluded. John Edward speaks of Heaven and prayer, but he knows nothing about either. James Van Praagh speaks of spiritual matters and Heaven, while denying the God of the Bible and the deity of Jesus Christ. As believers, we need to expose such liars (1st John 2:22), who claim to know God; but are of the Devil.
Praying In Jesus' Name
Many people fail to understand the significance of praying "in Jesus' name." They superstitiously use this phrase without knowing what it really means. Jesus said in John 16:23, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you." What this means is that Jesus Christ came to this earth as the manifestation of the Godhead. Literally, the Godhead became incarnate... "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14). The ONLY way to God the Father is through God the Son, because they are ONE (John 10:30). Concerning Jesus, Colossians 2:9 states, "For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily." Hence, all the promises of God are only available though Jesus, because Jesus Christ is God Almighty! (John 1:1-3,14; 10:33; 1st Timothy 3:16; Revelation 1:8).
To pray in Jesus' name means that we are coming to God the Father by way of the blood of Jesus. This is clearly evidenced by Hebrews 10:19, "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus." Every believer has a RIGHT to the throne of grace, provided for by the precious blood of Jesus (1st Peter 1:18,19). I love Hebrews 10:19 and will quote it once again... "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus." When you come nigh to the throne of God, it had better be upon the basis of Jesus' blood, or else you will face God's throne of judgment. Every believer has a blood-washed right to the throne of grace. Hence, when we pray in Jesus' name, we are continually reminded of our right to God's throne of grace, ONLY by way of the blood of Christ which took our sins away. As believers, we must realize that all the promises of God the Father come to us through God the Son! Just as we were saved by coming to God the Father by Jesus Christ (John 14:6), so we come to our Heavenly Father as believers, by Jesus Christ. Jesus is our heavenly High Priest... Hebrews 4:15,16 states, "For we have not an high priest [Jesus] which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."
Jesus' name is precious, and the blood He shed for our sins is precious, and the Word of God is precious! While the sinful world around us is cursing, mocking, and blaspheming our Lord's name, may we lift up the precious name of Jesus! There is NO GREATER name that that of JESUS!