“And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven” – Luke 10:17-20
LIGHT FOR NOW: At the point of identification with Christ in salvation, the name of Jesus became the believers’ possession and ownership. He owns the name.
It is obvious that demons were subject to the seventy through the name of Jesus, and Jesus’ response to the disciples made it clear that it was based on what he gave them before they went to preach; this is his authority. The word “name” is descriptive of a person’s fame, character, accomplishment or reputation. Jesus’ reputation today is that he has been raised from the dead and is at the right hand of God. So we look at Jesus today in his office; the exalted one; Lord of lords and King of kings. Paul in Philippians 2:5-11 echoes this “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who being in the form of God, though it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death on the cross. Wherefore God hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the father”.
At the father’s right hand, Jesus was given a name. That name is the right hand of God; the authority of God. Paul chose to speak of what Jesus had after he rose from the dead as “right hand”, the equivalent of “he was given a name”. He gave him an authority above every other authority. He rose above the incarnation, death and resurrection. He ascended to the right hand of the father. That is his name today. The name of Jesus speaks of our inheritance, our accomplishment in him, who we are in him. Glory!
INSTRUCTION: Your perfect view is in Christ; look at yourself in Christ.
CONFESSION: I have the name of Jesus; it is my authority, my possession in Christ, in Jesus Name, Amen
QUOTE: By identification with Jesus, the name of Jesus became ours.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 2; EVENING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 3