In the Name of Jesus
By Bonnie Ricks On May 15, 2009
The people who had witnessed the healing of the beggar had seen Peter take the man's hand and pull him to his feet. They had watched the man jump and dance for joy, but their attention was focused on Peter. Realizing this, Peter turned their focus toward Jesus, the source of the power of healing. He said, "By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus' name and the faith that comes through Him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see."
In those days, a man's name revealed his character. All names had meaning, just as Peter means - literally - "small piece of a big rock". Using a man's name showed that person's power and authority in a given situation. That's why Peter called the people's attention to Jesus' name - to show them by whose power and authority the man was healed. He wanted them to know beyond any doubt that it was faith in Jesus that had healed the man and nothing else.
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And that's the key phrase - faith in Jesus. So many people are under the misimpression that if they call themselves Christians and attend church every week... if they give their tithes and give to the poor... if they visit people in prison and serve on a committee... if they teach Sunday school and give to the church building program... if they belong to a church - any church that has a Christian-sounding name - then they are Christians and headed for heaven. Somehow, the name of Jesus has become a magic incantation, something people think they can use as a password, along with a secret handshake, to get them past St. Peter at the Pearly Gates. But that's not the way it works....
It's not the name alone that brings salvation. It is Jesus Himself and faith in Him. It's knowing who He really is - knowing Him. believing in Him. having faith in Him. giving Him your life. loving Him... this is the key to salvation. Without that key, any other use of Jesus' name is like blowing in the wind.
When you call yourself a Christian, are you taking His name in vain? Think about it.
"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father in Heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name, and in Your Name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'" Matthew 7:21-23