The Power in a Name.

Who gave you the right to use the authority to speak in the name of Jesus?

by Edward Langenback

© December 17, 2000

"In the name of Jesus"

People use this phrase in prayer a lot, but how many really understand the full impact of what it means to speak "In the name of Jesus"? To better understand this, let us take a look at the scriptures where Jesus himself told us about using His name:

Matthew 28:18, "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying,All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth."

The word power as it is used in this verse is translated from the Greek exousia {pronounced ex-oo-see'-ah} [strongs number 1849] and means power of choice, liberty of doing as one pleases, leave or permission, the power of authority (influence) and of right (privilege), the power of rule or government. Knowing the meaning of this word gives us a much greater idea of what Jesus meant when He said "all power." He was talking about all authority, He was given the privilege and right to do as He pleases, and the right of governmental authority over everything in heaven and in earth.

This authority gives fresh new meaning to our relationship with Him. In the next verse, He continues, giving us instructions based on the authority that He has been given:

Matthew 28:19-20, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."

Put into modern English, the statement in verse 18 and the first part of 19 would be something like "I have been given authority over and control of everything in heaven and in earth. This being so, I am sending you to teach all nations . . . "

This means that when we tell others about Jesus, and teach them about what He wants us to become and what He wants us to do, then we are obeying His direct command, and His authority stands behind us, giving us the authority and ability to do as He has commanded us. And nothing can counter or stand against His authority, because it is the highest there is

Philippians 2:10, "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;"

You see, when Jesus was given all authority in heaven and earth, he wasn't just made God's second in command:

Hebrews 1:8, "But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom."

If you look carefully at this scripture, you'll see that God the Father is the one who is saying something to the Son. Jesus, as the son of the living God, firstborn from the dead, who was obedient even to the point of death, reaps his reward, and inherits His heavenly father's position. In this verse where we see God Himself calling the son God. This is what Jesus meant when He said that all power in heaven and earth was given to Him. And with that statement in Matthew 28:18-20, He has given us not only the right, but the obligation and duty to recognize and operate with that authority as our source of direction.

The power of the name of Jesus also guarantees us that our prayers are heard, and that they will be answered. Not only just simply because God loves us, but also because God will answer our prayers not just because He loves us, but also as a favor to Jesus:

Matthew 18:19, "Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven."

The power and authority that we have been given in Jesus' name also grants us the right to decide what we can allow in our lives or not.

Matthew 18:18, "Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."

The word translated bind is the Greek deo {pronounced deh'-o} [strongs number1210] and means to bind, put under obligation, to forbid, prohibit, declare to be illicit. Jesus is telling us here that the things that we allow or permit and approve, will have the force of His heavenly authority behind it, guaranteeing us the right of free choice. Nothing and no one can force us to make any choice over another one. We can choose to stand on the scriptural promise that "by his stripes ye were healed," or we can choose to say "this pain is killing me." We are the ones who decide what we will receive and from whom we will receive. We have the God given authority to decide our own fates, we can decide to follow Him and receive all that He has given us, or we can follow the devil, and end up losing everything and surrendering to the murdering thief who will, if he is allowed, steal from us all that we have, and eventually destroy our faith, and kill us.

As the scripture says, the devil wants to kill, steal, and destroy. The devil desires to give us things too. Where Jesus came that we would have life and have it more abundantly, satan wants simply to kill us. He wants to kill the unsaved to prevent them from being saved, and he wants to kill the saved so that we cannot be out preaching the good news and showing people how to be free of him.

Mark 16:17-18, "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."

We have been given the right to use His authority to cast out the devil. Think about that for a while. Jesus gave us the right and privilege to use His authority, and that authority is literally God's authority! That means that when we take a stand against the devil and his works, and we stand on our scriptural right to cast him out of our lives, minds and bodies, then our orders to him to get out have the very same force they would have if they had been spoken by God Himself!

In fact, if we're wearing the full armor of God as we're told to, then the devil is not seeing and hearing us. As long as you keep that armor on, and God's word coming out of your mouth, and your actions being the will of God, then the devil doesn't even know it's little old puny you and me! He thinks he's being beaten by God himself! He looks at us, wearing God's armor, speaking His word, and doing His will and as far as he knows, he's looking at God Himself!

The best thing for you and me to do is to KEEP that armor on! And remember the authority we have in the name of Jesus to keep the devil defeated!

For more about the Armor of God,
check out the series on Spiritual Warfare:

Intro: This means War! A Declaration of War

The armor of God:

Salvation Get your Helmet!
Faith Put your Shield up!
Righteousness The Righteous Plate
Truth Wrapped up in The Truth
Peace Rest in Peace

And the Weapons that go with it:
The Word of God. Surgery 101
The mind of Christ. Have you LOST your MIND?