“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues” – Mark 16:15-17
LIGHT FOR NOW: The believer is one that has believed in the name of Jesus.
The name speaks of the authority that comes by believing. The fact that you are baptized (identified) in Christ and saved in his name. Romans 10:13 says “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”. Similarly, Acts 4:12 echoes “Neither is there salvation in any other: For there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”. In Luke 10:20, Jesus echoed “Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven”. The authority Jesus had in the four gospels was because he was anointed of the spirit (Acts 10:38; Luke 4:18). That was the authority he could give them. He couldn’t function beyond the anointing of the spirit upon his life. Observe 1John3:8 “He that committed sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose, the son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil”. This wasn’t the four gospels. He was manifested when he rose from the dead. He didn’t destroy sin when he was on earth but when he rose from the dead.
In the four gospels, he was casting out demons but didn’t destroy the works of the devil until he rose. He gave the church all he did from the cross to the throne. The authority he gave to the church is greater than the authority he gave to his disciples. It is the authority of his finished work, what he has accomplished for us. Hence, we are saved in his name. Romans 8:34 reads “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea, rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us”. The intercessory work of Christ is carried out in that propitiation. Salvation is an eternal concept because Jesus is seated forever. Hence, in the name of Jesus we are eternally saved. Glory!
INSTRUCTION: Be full of your realities.
CONFESSION: I have been raised up together with Christ; I am seated together with him now at the father’s right hand, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: We have the authority of Jesus’ finished work.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1JOHN CHAPTER 2; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 7