Friday, 31 May 2019

What's In A Name?

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.  

      I found my name in the Bible. Rom. 5:6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. The ungodly. Yes, that was my name before I received Jesus as my Lord. I qualified on all counts in having that name as my own. I was ungodly in all my ways and lost in my trespasses and sins. 
      I lived an ungodly life that brought no value to anyone or anything. Then, Jesus took control of my life and gave me a new name through the finished work of the Lord's cross. Because of His holy blood that was shed for me, I was given a new name - the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. 
      What a transformation this new name has made in my life. Decisions that were once made by regret, and from an ungodly sin-consciousness - are now made from an eternal position in Christ's righteousness. 2 Cor. 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 
      I once wore and lived under the weight of dirty sackcloth, but now, I wear a robe of righteousness in the freedom of the Lord's peace. God truly gave me a beautiful name for the old one that was written in ash. Isa. 61:3b To give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
      Jesus has the only name that is above all names and has covenanted with me to give me an eternal name that is relationally ours. Rev. 2:17b I will also give him a white stone inscribed with a new name, known only to the one who receives it. What a personal Lord we have. 
      The Lord has given us a relationship that has true intimacy, honesty, and honor. Why would anyone take back the old name - the ungodly - when we can have the name of our God flowing through our being? Through Christ, we have the name of Jesus living in our hearts. 
      Wow! All I can say is, "Thank you, God, for the name you have given me. Jesus, the name to be praised." Phil. 2:9 Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name above all names, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in the heavens and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
      The only sacrifice that was acceptable to God, our Father, was the sacrifice Jesus offered on our behalf. The Lord gave Himself and took our place for the eternal punishment that was due by each one of us. This is one of the reasons the name of Jesus is strength and power to those who are in relationship with Him. Prov. 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. 
      I don't think we will ever know the extent of grace we have received through the gift of salvation that Jesus secured for us. Our names were anything but righteousness. However, while we were still sinners, Jesus loved and died for us. Rom. 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. What an amazing love.
      I ask it again. "What's in a name?" In Jesus' name, there are volumes of blessings that could never be measured or even explained. Jesus is the Lord of all, and His name is above every name that is named. There is healing, restoration, peace, and eternal life in His name. 
      The name of Jesus is the power that will resurrect us from the dead. What other name in the universe can do that? None whatsoever! Acts 4:12 There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people by which we must be saved. Thank you, Lord, for giving me an eternal and righteous name in Christ. Amen!

3 comments:

  1. Jesus changed my name from garbage to God's beloved

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    1. Now that is a real name change. God is so good.

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  2. Good message Norm, I also am waiting to hear the Lord call me by my new name. What a day that will be.

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