“IN JESUS NAME” – It’s More Than Just Lip Service

As Christians, we are taught to pray “in the name of Jesus”. We baptize “in the name of Jesus”.  We are saved “by the name of Jesus”. So what exactly does that mean? Let’s take a look.

There is no other NAME by which we can be saved:

  • Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other NAME [Greek~ONOMA] under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.

Everyone who calls on His NAME will be saved:

  • Rom 10:13 “Everyone who calls on the NAME [Greek~ONOMA] of the Lord will be saved.”

We must repent and be baptized in the NAME of Jesus:

  • Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the NAME [Greek~ONOMA]  of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus said He will do whatever we ask in His NAME:

  • John 14:13-14  And I will do whatever you ask in my NAME [Greek~ONOMA], so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my NAME [Greek~ONOMA], and I will do it.

In all of these Scriptures, the Greek word for NAME is the same. It is: onoma (on’-om-ah). It means: authority or character. It is derived from:

  • ginosko (ghin-oce’-ko); to “know” (absolutely)
  • oninemi (on-in’-ay-mee); notoriety; to gratify/yield; to derive pleasure or advantage from

So we can say that the word NAME equates to “AUTHORITY that comes from KNOWING and YIELDING to, therefore deriving advantage from”  WOW! So now let’s look at the four above Scriptures again. What they are saying is:

ACTS 4:12 – We are saved by the AUTHORITY of Jesus Christ …by KNOWING Him and YIELDING to Him, and therefore deriving advantage from Him.

ROM 10:13 – Anyone who calls on the AUTHORITY of Jesus Christ will be saved …by KNOWING Him and YIELDING to Him, and therefore deriving advantage from Him.

ACTS 2:38 – We repent and are baptized in the AUTHORITY of Jesus Christ …by KNOWING Him and YIELDING to Him, and therefore deriving advantage from Him.

JOHN 14:13-14 – Whatever we ask in His AUTHORITY, He will do … we ask from a position of KNOWING Him and YIELDING to Him, and therefore deriving advantage from Him. As we KNOW Him, we can pray His will to be done, and not our own.

So it is not simply saying the words “IN JESUS NAME” that has any power. Praying, asking, or being saved by “JESUS NAME” more so means that it is done from a place of knowing in our heart who He is, acknowledging His authority and yielding to Him in our innermost being.

Even in the Old Testament, before Jesus came to earth and became our Sacrificial Lamb, God expressed the same concept when He was giving instructions regarding the prophets:

  • Deut 18:19-20  If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks IN MY NAME [Hebrew~SHEM], I myself will call him to account. But a prophet who presumes to speak IN MY NAME [Hebrew~SHEM] anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks IN THE NAME [Hebrew~SHEM] of other gods, must be put to death.”

‎The Hebrew word shem (shame) means: A definite and conspicuous position; honor, authority, character. It is derived from:

  • suwm (soom); or siym (seem); to put
  • shamayim (shaw-mah’-yim); lofty; the sky; heaven

Again, God is saying that the prophets were only to speak from a position of authority; or that which was given to them from above. It was not that they had to verbalize the NAME of God such as Jehovah or Yahweh, but that they spoke from a position of authority given by Him.

So am I saying it is wrong to say “IN JESUS NAME” when you pray? Absolutely not. But we must realize it is not just “lip service”. We can say words from our mouth, but have no acknowledgment of the authority of Jesus Christ in our heart. Praying “IN JESUS NAME” means praying from a “position of authority”. By verbalizing “IN JESUS NAME” you are simply letting those around you know Whose authority you come in.

May your prayer life go to a new level of power as you begin to be conscious of the authority you call upon and trust in when you say “IN JESUS NAME.”

Blessings!

Mary

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About Mary L'Esperance Held
http://www.maryloveslife.org

5 Responses to “IN JESUS NAME” – It’s More Than Just Lip Service

  1. Lori Laws says:

    “By verbalizing “IN JESUS NAME” you are simply letting those around you know Whose authority you come in.”

    Amen!! Good post. Blessings to yo!

  2. Excellent word, Mary.

  3. Thank you so much for this teaching. Very helpful!

  4. Charles says:

    Mary, a really good teaching! Thanks for letting God use you in a very special way…C

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