Such wonderful words. Much more than words, they’re a name – His name. Who’s name? The Son of God. The Messiah. The Anointed One. Jesus Christ.
That name, therefore the One whose name it is, has been designated as the name above all names by God, Himself. There is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.
This name, Jesus Christ, is the most powerful, precious, peerless, and pure name in all creation.
Because the One who bears it, Jesus Christ, is the most powerful, precious, peerless, and pure being in all creation.
He is uncreated. He is divine and eternal. Yet He did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death of a cross. And God exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name above all names.
So, What Do We Do with This Name?
We use it to further our own wants, dreams, and desires. We stamp our actions and words with it to give them the aura of having authority. We build buildings and create empires with it. We kill in it. We slander, judge, and accuse by it. We exploit the name above all names for our own gain.
Shame on us.
Shame on me.
How many times have I said or done something and claimed that it was all in His name? When He had very little to absolutely nothing to do with it. How many times have I robbed Him of His glory and value by not stamping His name to it? When I took all the glory for myself. How many of those words or actions were of my own accord, and I tried to give Him the credit? How many of those words or actions were actually out from His life, and I claimed all the credit for myself? Shame on me.
Do I have the name above all names? No. Do I have the only name given to men under heaven by which men must be saved? No. Is all creation created in and through and by and for me? No. Do I hold the universe together? No. Are all things summed up in me? No. Am I the author and perfecter of my faith? No. Am I the most powerful, precious, peerless, and pure being in all creation? No.
There is only one who is: Jesus Christ.
So, What Can We Do with This Name?
Well, for starters, we can put it (and Him) in its rightful place: above it all. When Jesus Christ is practically (not just intellectually) Lord of our life, then everything else falls into its rightful place. We’ll pray in His name. We’ll heal in His name. We’ll build up others in His name. We’ll humble ourselves in His name. We’ll witness the glory of God and His purpose in His name. Why? Because we’ll bear the name, too.
We can also call on that name, Jesus Christ. And not only when we’re in trouble or need something. But we can call on His name at any time and under any circumstance. Why not? His is the name which is above every name (Philippians 2:9-11). By believing Jesus is the Christ, we have life in His name (John 20:30-31). There is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12). This is a pretty sweet name! Jesus! Call it out, dear saint. Whisper it to yourself, dear saint. Say His name and be reminded of Him and His identity. Lord Jesus. Then allow Him to remind you of your identity: in Him. We have been raised up and seated with Him in the heavenlies (Ephesians 2:6-7)!
All this by and in the name of Jesus Christ. What a name! What a Christ!