GraceTidings: By Dr Doug Mamvura
First Timothy 6:12 says “Fight the good fight of faith…” If there is a fight to faith, it follows that there are enemies. The greatest enemies to faith are a result of a lack of knowledge of God’s Word. The Bible tells us that, “…faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). You can readily see that a lack of knowledge of God’s Word would be the greatest hindrance to faith there is.
Not understanding our legal right to the name of Jesus, holds us in bondage and gives us a sense of weakness. But knowing what the Name will do will lead us to victorious living against the devil.
“Who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they, For to which of the angels did He ever say, “You are My Son, today I have begotten you” And again I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to me a Son?”. But when He again brings the first born into the world, He says “Let all the angels of God worship Him, And the angels He says “who makes His angels spirits, And His ministers a flame of fire” (Hebrews 1: 3-7).
This scripture shows us that He inherited His name (verse 4). Now when did He inherit that name? It was when He was made alive out of spiritual death; that is when He was raised from the dead. It was then that God said to Him, “Thou art my son, this day have I begotten thee,” according to verse 5. This does not refer to the birth of Jesus, because actually He wasn’t born. He just took upon Himself the flesh. He pre-existed with the Father. The only time Jesus was ever born was when He was born again, after He had died spiritually and was raised from the dead.
“God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee” (Acts 13:33). This verse reveals to us that it was at Jesus’ resurrection that God said, “Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.”
It was after His resurrection that He revealed that all authority in heaven and in earth had been given unto Him.
We will turn to Ephesians 1:19-23. It is very important that one takes long enough to meditate on these verses. Feed on them until they become a part of one’s inner consciousness. Then they will do something for you. If you casually read them and let them get away from you, they won’t mean anything to you.
“And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places. Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”
Philippians 2: 8-11, “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 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.”
Notice in the passage from Philippians above, that it was after his resurrection that His Name was conferred upon Him. It was when God highly exalted Him.
Why was this name conferred upon Him? The Word says here that God raised Him up and gave Him a name above all dominion and all authority and all power. It says that He has highly exalted Him and seated Him at His own right hand far above all dominion and all authority and all power, etc. Now why was this Name invested with such authority and dominion? Was that done for Jesus’ benefit? No!
During the over 2 000 years since the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and His ascension and seating on high at the right hand of the Father, He has not used that Name once.
The scriptures do not give us one inkling of any fact that Jesus Himself has ever used the name. He has had no need to use the name. He rules creation by His Word because He is on the equality with God. Here is what I want you to see: at its every mention in the scriptures we see that the name of Jesus has been given for the use of the Church, and every mention of the name is in reference to the Body of Christ! Let’s go back and look again at what we just read in Ephesians, “…what is the exceeding greatness of his power to (those) who believe according to the working of his mighty power which he wrought in Christ when he raised him from the dead and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named.”
Now connect that with the verse in Philippians which says that God has given Him a name that is above every name. Then go on back to the passage in Ephesians where we see that He is, “Far above every name that is named in this world and in the world to come: and that (God) has put all things under his feet and gave him to be the head over all things to the Church, which is his Body.” That name belongs to the Church; the Body of Christ! Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church…. – 1 Corinthians 12:27-28a Notice that in this 27th verse, Paul says, “Ye are the body of Christ,” and in the very next verse he calls it the church. Every mention in the scriptures of the use of the name of Jesus has reference to its use by His body, the Church. The name was given to Him that His body, the Church, might use it. That name which is above every name belongs to me and it belongs to you. We need to realise that according to God’s Word that name legally belongs to us.
What are we doing about it? It cannot be used like a good luck charm. The name is given to you for your use. You could take it along with you and never use it. If you didn’t use it, it would never mean a thing to you and would never do a thing in the world for you. The name is given to the body of Christ. God has made an investment for the Church. He has made this deposit on which the Church has the right to draw for her every need.
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). You see the name, this name, the name of Jesus, has within it the fullness of the Godhead. It has within it all of the wealth of eternity. It has within it all of the authority and power over all of the powers of darkness. And that name belongs to us. Thank you Lord.
- Dr Doug Mamvura is a graduate of Charis Bible School. Feedback: email@example.com or Twitter @dougmamvura