Jesus Christ... God's Final Name on Earth
"Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name." Philippians 2:9
Isaiah expressed the name of 'Jehovah' as everlasting strength. The name 'Jehovah' is the revelation of God who meets our every need by the power of Jesus Christ's name. In the Old Testament, God's name comes up in different meanings because every name was made in connection with a human need. Every human failure and sin evokes new and fuller revelations that God is our source and His pleasure is working His good pleasure in us (Philippians 2:13). After the cross of Jesus Christ, His power and provision were settled into one name, Jesus Christ. What a great privilege it is to understand that when we use Jesus Christ's name, every need is met and every desire is fulfilled. The only requirement is to believe on Him and His Word!
Peter and John were going to the Temple for prayer. Each day a man, lame from birth, was put beside the Temple gate so he could beg for money. When he saw Peter and John about to enter the Temple, he asked them to give him money. Peter and John looked at him intently and said, "Look at us." Because the lame man expected to receive money, he eagerly looked at them. Peter told the man he had no money to give him, but would give him what he had. Peter took hold of his hand, commanded him to rise up and walk in Jesus Christ's name (faith takes action). The man's act of faith opened the doorway to receive what Peter possessed, the Holy Spirit. Immediately, the lame man was healed and strengthened; he went into the Temple with Peter and John walking, leaping and praising God. Because of Jesus Christ's name, the lame man stood before them whole (Acts 3:1-10).
Peter was in the right place at the right time with the right attitude to receive the provision of God's promises. When Peter saw the man, his 'faith idea' was for the man to be healed. Peter contained the answer for the lame man to be made whole, Jesus Christ's name and the Holy Spirit.
The name of Jesus Christ is the greatest, most powerful name in existence (Philippians 2:9). The authority given by Jesus permits us to take action on His behalf (John 14:13-14). It is by faith in Jesus Christ's name that we are saved, set free from the bondage of sin, healed and made whole.
Jesus gave His name to activate the Holy Spirit as our helper (John 14:16). When we call upon the name of Jesus, the Holy Spirit is activated and forms faith ideas in us. We must deliberately choose to take hold of those faith ideas, to act upon them and expect to see amazing results. The Holy Spirit becomes in us whatever we constantly and deliberately focus our attention on. He becomes the magnet within us that connects us with the rich substance of the invisible world drawing us to total provision.
The example of the cripple is for us today; it represents all humans because we are born in sin which is a death sentence (Romans 5:17). All people are crippled in one way or another which reveals our need for a Savior. Without Peter speaking Jesus Christ's name to the lame man, he would have remained a cripple. There was someone who spoke Jesus' name to all of us who are saved (Romans 8:2). Saying the name of Jesus Christ activates the Holy Spirit, wholeness is released. Anything we have been subjected to can be changed by the name of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ was crucified to set us free from the effectiveness of sin and for us to experience a life of wholeness (Romans 6:6). While Jesus was present on earth, He responded to direction from the heavenly Father with the words 'I will' (Matthew 8:3). After Jesus left earth and the Holy Spirit came to dwell in believers, the words 'I will' changed to 'I have'. Everything necessary for life, health, peace and plenty are available and provided when the revelation of faith is applied. The invisible world awaits our faith claim to the provision of God promises (II Peter 1:3). By understanding who we are in Jesus Christ and what He paid for, we accept His promises for an abundant, whole life, nothing missing and thoroughly furnished to all good works (II Timothy 3:17).
Salvation, wholeness, strength and soundness were only a word and a move away. The lame man didn't go to class on religion, get counseling about his past or try to figure out why he was lame. Action is to confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in our heart we are saved (Romans 10:9). Total provision in Christ is only a word and a leap away. It is important to understand that God's great grace is always available and is based on His unconditional love (not by our behavior). Peter explained to the crowd of observers that he did not have the power to heal the lame man on his own. It was by Jesus Christ's name through faith the crippled man became strong, perfectly sound and whole (Acts 4:10). Activate your gift of grace from God... Lord Jesus Christ, I call upon Your name; You are rich over me. I now am saved, strong, sound and whole. I walk, I leap and I praise God. I go to church and I am available to be at the right place at the right time with the right attitude to receive the provision of every promise (Acts 3:8).
Lord Jesus Christ, I call upon Your name. Holy Spirit, You remind me that You are always in me and You are always available to be my helper. You quicken my body and You guide me in all truth, Therefore, I live in a quickened body and I walk in all truth. Because of You, I tell my feelings they are of love, joy, peace, belonging and motivation for life. Thank you! I say this to be so! Amen.