No 3. Healing Through the NAME and LIFE of Jesus Christ
THE USE OF THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
In the Old and
New Testaments names were not just a title, but descriptive of the character,
In Old Testament
times a ruler could entrust his signet ring to his steward to exercise
The name of Jesus
Christ has an
God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every
When used in the
will of the Lord, the name of Jesus has such
Attributes Associated With the Names of Christ
The measure of the power and universal capability of the name of Jesus Christ to accomplish all things is illustrated in the many titles given to Him. e.g.
SAVIOUR -- REDEEMER -- I AM -- THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH -- OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS -- OUR HOLINESS -- MEDIATOR -- HIGH PRIEST -- SHEPHERD -- LAMB OF GOD -- ADVOCATE -- WORD OF GOD -- LIGHT OF THE WORLD -- THE WAY -- THE TRUTH -- THE LIFE -- RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE -- OUR WISDOM -- THE TRUE VINE -- IMMANUEL -- LORD OF LORDS -- KING OF KINGS -- BREAD OF LIFE -- PRINCE OF PEACE
Praying in the Name of Jesus
Praying “in the name of Jesus” is not just a phrase we tack on at the start or finish of our prayers. It is an assertion that we belong to Jesus. We are His possession – His redeemed and righteous ones, purchased by His sacrificed body and shed blood, entrusted to bear the ‘signet ring’ of His name.
We approach a God so
holy that Moses could not look at His face.
We are only able to converse with God on the basis of our bearing the
name of Jesus. For instance, Jesus is to
us redemption, righteousness, holiness, salvation. He is our mediator, High
Priest, the spotless Lamb of God, our way, and truth, and life. We are bearers
of all of these redemptive blessings when we approach God in prayer in the name
of Jesus. We stand before God in and by the name of Jesus Christ. We
THE USE OF THE NAME OF JESUS IN THE HEALING MINISTRY
His Final Promise:
Jesus passed on the
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon
you; and you shall be witnesses to Me* in
The Power and Authority of His Name Given to the Apostles
“And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease… These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying… heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead,* cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” Matt 10:1-9.
Delivered to Seventy Disciples or The
“After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also,* and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place
where He Himself was about to go… Then the seventy* returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are
subject to us in Your name."
And He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the
The number 70
symbolises perfect completeness. The seventy disciples represent the whole church. The whole Church has the
And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature… He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues, they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." Mk 16:15-18.
The Power of the Name of Jesus in Action
“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 Be
When challenged by the Pharisees and the High Priest, Peter explained to them that it was the power associated with the name of Jesus that had accomplished the healing of the lame man.
Then Peter said… "Rulers of the people and elders of Israel… let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth… by Him this man stands here before you whole.” Acts 4:8-10.
The Need to know the NAME Personally Before Using the NAME
These readings illustrate the need to know Jesus and the power associated with His name personally. Accompanying this there should be a right heart attitude to honour His name through obedience.
“Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon
themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits,
saying, "We* exorcise you by the Jesus
“Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'” Matt 7:22-23.
HEALIING BY THE LIFE OF JESUS
The Nature of The Life (from Strongs Greek Dictionary of the New Testament)
zoe (NT:2222), is used in the NT of life as a principle, life in the absolute sense, life as God has it, that which the Father has in Himself, and which He gave to the Incarnate Son to have in Himself, John 5:26, and which the Son manifested in the world. 1 John 1:2.
Man became alienated from this life as a consequence of the Fall, Eph 4:18, but now we may become partakers through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, John 3:15, who becomes its Author to all such as trust in Him, Acts 3:15, and who is therefore said to be 'the life' of the believer, Col 3:4, for the life that He gives He maintains, John 6:35.63, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” John 1:4-5.
JESUS HIMSELF IS THE LIFE
The name and the
life of Jesus are closely associated bec
"I am the resurrection and the life.” John 11:25.
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life.” John 14:6.
Calling on the name of Jesus activates the power of the name of Jesus to work in the circumstances.
“And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” Jn 20:30-31.
THE LIFE IS IN US
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Gal 2:20. (KJV)
“Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not
His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead bec
Jesus used the analogy of the vine as the source of life to the branches to show us that without His life in us we can accomplish nothing.
Me, and I in you. As the
branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can
you, unless you abide in
The Life is Received by Faith
“…I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,* … that Christ may dwell in
your hearts through faith” Eph 3:14-17.
The Life is the Life of Jesus
The life of course is the life of Jesus, the life that He came to impart to us, and is now in us. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Jn 10:10.
“For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." John 6:33.
The Life of Jesus is Resurrection Life out of the Death of our Old Man
“…always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body”2 Cor 4:10.
“For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus' sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.” 2 Cor 4:11.
The Life Grows Until it is Established in Us
My little children, for whom I labour in birth again until Christ is formed in you, Gal 4:19-20.
The World Cannot Receive “The Life”
“This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should
no longer walk as the rest of* the Gentiles walk, in the
futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated
from the life of God, bec
“saved by his life”
This section applies mainly to our personal walk in Christ, and our continual appropriation of His life to overcome attacks on our bodies, and so enable us to be sustained in health.
“For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” Rom 5:10.
Definition of the word saved
NT:4982 sozo - heal, preserve, save, do well, be made whole.
From “Vines” To save one (from injury or peril); to save a suffering one (from perishing), e. g. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health:
In the light of these definitions, the reading takes on these additional meanings, which show the power of the life of Christ to generate healing and maintain health. e.g. “…much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved, healed, preserved, restored, made well, by His life.