Colossians 2:6-7 NKJV (6) As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, (7) rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
Three theological terms we need to understand:
- Incarnation – God becoming man through the Lord Jesus
(John 1:1 NKJV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
(John 1:14 NKJV) And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
- Substitution – Jesus became our substitute to pay the price of our sin thus taking upon Himself all we had to offer. But in our substitution in the Resurrection, we can receive on us all He has to offer.
(2 Corinthians 5:17-19 NKJV) (17) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (18) Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, (19) that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
We need to not only identify with Jesus death on the Cross for us but also what was accomplished for us in His glorious Resurrection.
All of the Authority that we have rests in the power of the Name of Jesus. It would serve us well to take some time to study that wonderful Name.
(John 14:12-14 NKJV) “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. (13) And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (14) If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
Ask (Greek “aiteo”) demand, this is in reference to what already belongs to you in Christ.
(The Father is not mentioned here in the sense of prayer being made to the Father.)
(Acts 3:1-10 NKJV) Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. (2) And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; (3) who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. (4) And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” (5) So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. (6) Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” (7) And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. (8) So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them–walking, leaping, and praising God. (9) And all the people saw him walking and praising God. (10) Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
(John 16:23-24 NKJV) “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. (24) Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
Here Jesus is teaching about Prayer to the Father in His Name. That is when we make requests know to Him.
Faith is involved in spiritual authority. There are times when the devil will move immediately and there are times when he tries to “show off” one more time. If this is the case do not get disturbed about it.
Some people’s faith is based on the manifestation and it can’t be. When circumstances don’t change immediately, don’t get discouraged and slip into doubt and unbelief.
As Smith Wigglesworth often said, “I am not moved by what I see, I’m not moved by what I feel. I’m moved only by what I believe.” So stand your ground!
Jesus has done all He’s going to do about the devil and his forces until the angel comes down from heaven, takes the chain and binds him and puts him into the bottomless pit. (Rev. 20:1-3)
(1 Peter 5:8-9 ASV) Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour, (9) whom withstand stedfast in your faith, knowing that the same sufferings are accomplished in your brethren who are in the world.
Matthew 18:19-20 NKJV “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. (20) For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
If we take either one of these verses out of context and read them alone, while they may be true, they were meant to be received together. The power to cause what we are praying for to come to pass, comes about because He is in our midst through and by the Name of Jesus.
E. W. Kenyon states that men obtain great names in three ways:
- Birth – They are born to a great name
- Achievements – The make a great name by their achievements
- Honored – Others have a great name because it was conferred upon them
The more excellent Name of Jesus came by all three means:
- Jesus’ Name is great because He inherited a great Name
- His Name is great because of His achievements
- His Name is great because it was conferred upon Him
Hebrews 1:1-6 NKJV God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, (2) has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; (3) 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, (4) having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. (5) 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”? (6) But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM.”
When did He inherit it? He did not inherit anything in Heaven before He came to earth, because He already had everything.
He did not inherit it when he was born as a baby in the earth because Philippians says that He laid aside all honor and glory He had in Heaven.
“Today, I have begotten you…” What day was that?
Acts 13:32-33 NKJV And we declare to you glad tidings–that promise which was made to the fathers. (33) God has fulfilled this for us their children, in that He has raised up Jesus. As it is also written in the second Psalm: ‘YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU.’
Jesus experienced spiritual death for us because He took upon Himself our sin and experienced separation from God.
Acts 2:23-27 NKJV Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; (24) whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it. (25) For David says concerning Him: ‘I FORESAW THE LORD ALWAYS BEFORE MY FACE, FOR HE IS AT MY RIGHT HAND, THAT I MAY NOT BE SHAKEN. (26) THEREFORE MY HEART REJOICED, AND MY TONGUE WAS GLAD; MOREOVER MY FLESH ALSO WILL REST IN HOPE. (27) FOR YOU WILL NOT LEAVE MY SOUL IN HADES, NOR WILL YOU ALLOW YOUR HOLY ONE TO SEE CORRUPTION.
Acts 2:29-31 NKJV “Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. (30) Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, (31) he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption.
Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin – “You will not be able to understand the authority in the Name of Jesus until you understand that Jesus tasted spiritual death and satisfied the claims of justice on behalf of each us when He died as our Substitute.”
The Day He inherited a more excellent Name was the day that He was resurrected!
Philippians 2:9-11 NKJV (9) Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, (10) that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, (11) and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Ephesians 1:17-23 AMP [For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him, (18) By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones), (19) And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength, (20) Which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places], (21) Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come. (22) And He has put all things under His feet and has appointed Him the universal and supreme Head of the church [a headship exercised throughout the church], [Ps. 8:6.] (23) Which is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills all in all [for in that body lives the full measure of Him Who makes everything complete, and Who fills everything everywhere with Himself].
E. W. Kenyon – “ God has made this investment for the benefit of the Church; He has made this deposit on which the Church has a right to draw for Her every need.
He has given to Him the Name that has within it the fullness of the Godhead, the wealth of the Eternities, and love of the heart of the Father-God; and that Name is given to us.
- We have the right to use that Name against our enemies.
- We have the right to use it in our petitions.
- We have the right to use it in our praises and worship.
- That Name has been given unto us.”
Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin – “Heaven, earth, and hell recognize what Jesus did. All that Jesus did, all the authority, all the power, all of HIs achievements are in His Name. And the Name on our lips will work the same now as it did then.”
That Name will work in all three realms with which we have to do: In Heaven, in the earth, and under the earth. We must get the revelation of that!
By Conquest or Achievements:
Colossians 2:15 AMP [God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross].
Colossians 2:15 CEV There Christ defeated all powers and forces. He let the whole world see them being led away as prisoners when he celebrated his victory.
Hebrews 2:14 AMP Since, therefore, [these His] children share in flesh and blood [in the physical nature of human beings], He [Himself] in a similar manner partook of the same [nature], that by [going through] death He might bring to nought and make of no effect him who had the power of death–that is, the devil–
Colossians 1:13 NKJV He has delivered us from the power (exousia – Authority) of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
(Read from the Name of Jesus by Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin)