Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Weekly Devotion: None Other Name

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

Many songs have been sung and many books written about the precious name of “Jesus”. There are over 160 direct or prophetic; names, titles, roles, or positions for “Jesus” in the Bible. As you might expect, Jesus’ name means “Jehovah is salvation” or simply “saviour” as one of the first mentions of his earthly name implies, “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21). Is He your saviour? “All the prophets” gave “witness” of this one who remits sins through belief in his “name”.

To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.” Acts 10:4

Even the lost realize the power of Jesus’ name, because when they want to curse something or someone, they cry “Jesus Christ” this or “Jesus Christ” that to add power to what they are saying. No one curses in the name of Mohammed, Allah, Buddha, Confucius, etc., because there’s no power in the name of false gods. Consider this Biblical list of the power invoked in Jesus’ “name”:

·         The disciples preached in his “name” – Luke 24:47
·         The disciples were persecuted for his “name” – John 15:21
·         The disciples did miracles in his “name” – Acts 3:6, 16; 4:10; 19:13
·         We become a son of God by believing in his “name” – Mt. 12:21; John 1:12; 2:23
·         We pray in his “name” – John 14:13; 16:23 – 26; Eph. 5:20; Col. 3:17; Heb. 13:15
·         We are preserved by his “name” – John 17:11
·         We have life through his “name” – John 20:31
·         We are justified by the “name” of Jesus – 1 Corinthians 6:11
·         We baptize believers in Jesus’ “name” – Mt. 28:19; Acts 2:38
·         Demons were cast out in his “name” – Acts 16:18
·         Paul was ready to die for his “name” – Acts 21:13
·         People are condemned for not believing in his “name” – John 3:18

As we near this time of CHRISTmas when is politically incorrect to even call it Christmas, we understand that it is a hated name because the reciprocal of using such a high name mandates our submission to Him. All the world will one-day bow at Jesus’ “name” though, so we can either bow down now, and accept him as Lord, or we can wait until the judgment and accept him as judge.

“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” Philippians 2:10

How about bowing that knee right now friend? He loves you so much and wants to give you life and life “more abundantly” (John 10:10). By simply calling upon “the name of the Lord” through prayer, you can have that life, right now. It sounds too easy but it is the only way that salvation could be offered to every person, at any location, at every time in history. Don’t hyper analyze, don’t procrastinate, only believe, and make that call today, for there is “none other name”!

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13

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