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
- 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.
- Identification – 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.
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)
E. W. Kenyon states that men obtain great names in three ways:
- Birth – They are born to a great name
- Honored – Others have a great name because it was conferred upon them
- Achievements – The make a great name by their achievements
The more excellent Name of Jesus came by all three means:
- Begotten – Jesus’ Name is great because He inherited a great Name
- Honored – His Name is great because it was conferred upon Him
- Achievements – His Name is great because of His achievements
By Inheritance (Begotten):
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.
KEH – “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.
EWK – The inference is that there was a Name known in heaven, unknown elsewhere, and this Name was kept to be conferred upon some one who should merit it: and Jesus, as we know Him – the Eternal Son as He is known in the bosom of the Father-was given this Name, and at this Name every knee shall bow in the three worlds – Heaven, Earth, and Hell – and every tongue shall confess that He is Lord of the three worlds 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].
EWK – “ 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.”
KEH – “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,
The Name of Jesus in Our Everyday Walk
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.
KEH – “There is a key to prayer without which we can get nowhere. This key will unlock the doors and windows of Heaven and grant our every need. This key is the Name of Jesus.
While Jesus was on the earth, the disciples did not use His Name in prayer. It was after He arose from the dead, conquered the hosts of hell, and was seated at the right hand of the Father… that the Church could pray in the more excellent Name He obtained – the Name above every Name!”
John 14:13-14 NKJV 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.
We have the right and the privilege to use the Name of Jesus just like Jesus said we could.
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.
How could Peter do this? He was standing there the day that Jesus said what He said in John 14:13-14.
Someone might ask, “why doesn’t the Name do now what it did then? Why doesn’t that Name perform the same miracles it did then?
Acts 3:11-16 NKJV Now as the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch which is called Solomon’s, greatly amazed. (12) So when Peter saw it, he responded to the people: “Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? (13) The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go. (14) But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, (15) and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses. (16) And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
KEH – We need to feed on God’s Word along this line until our spirits are thoroughly educated and faith rises to a higher level. Then it will be just as natural for us to act on that Word as it was for Peter.
EWK – “When we pray in Jesus’ Name, we are taking the place of the absent Christ; we are using His Name, using His authority to carry out His will on the earth.
…we take Jesus’ place and Jesus’ Name just as though Jesus Himself were here.
The only difference is that instead of Jesus doing it, we are doing it for Him; we are doing it at His command.
He gave us the amse authority He had when He was here, and the believer’s position in Christ [in effect] gives him the same standing with the Father that Christ has when He was here.”