THE NAME OF JESUS
Introduction: A name is the title by which one person is designated from another. It is a way for us to tell people, places and things apart. In our day, manes do not hold much significance. William Shakespeare said, "A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet." For us, names are just a way to tell thing apart.
It was not always this way. In Old Testament times, a name stood for a person's "reputation, their fame and their glory." Parents often gave children names that described the parent's hopes and future expectations regarding that child. The word translated "name" in the Old Testament literally means "A mark or a brand." People were given the names they were given for a reason. A study of Bible names often reveals much about the personality of the people mentioned in the Bible. For instance, David means "Beloved." Abraham means "Father of a multitude." Jacob means "Trickster." Goliath means "Splendor." All of these people proved true to their names! But when you look at the name of Jesus, you know that He not only lives up to His name but also exceeds it.
We have looked at parts of the name of Jesus. Research and studying is as enjoyable message as I have ever done for years. We looked at the name of Jesus prized. His name should be prized because He is the answer to our supplication, the assurance of our salvation and the abundance of our supply.
His name is praised because His name is reason for the conversion of our souls, the comfort of our suffering and a commander in our soldiering. He should be praised at all times. He should be praised with our lips, lives and love.
I read this prayer by Brother Spurgeon and it is a theme of sorts with this series of messages. “Father, help us to speak of Jesus in such a way that others might see at least a faint outline of His incomprehensible beauty. Then, by thy Holy Spirit, shine through the mist of our cloudy language that Christ may be revealed in all of His glory.”
Today’s message is to exalt Jesus higher.
HIS NAME IS PROMOTED!
We see from our text that He was given a name that is above all names. In fact, the day will come when everyone will bow before Him and call Him Lord. This will probably the first act we do in Heaven. Have you ever done something that seemed odd the first times you did it? It felt strange. But the longer you did this, the easier it became. We ought to get into practice of bowing before the Lord so when we get home it will not seem odd to us.
I want to give some thoughts along these lines. His name should be promoted in our lives because of who He is. Secondly, His name should be promoted in our lives because of what He has done. Thirdly, His name should be promoted in our lives because of what He is going to do.
I. HIS NAME SHOULD BE PROMOTED BECAUSE OF WHO HE IS!
As I have mentioned in the previous messages, I am only giving a few points. You should do some of your own thinking. In fact, it would not hurt my feelings if you tell me some after services so we can rejoice in our Great Saviour.
A. He is Creator. Colossians 1:16-17
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
“By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.”
We know we are living in the time of all the theories in regards to the beginning of the world. They strain at a gnat and swallow a camel trying to prove their theory. What we believe is nothing but plain fact from the pages of our blessed old Bibles. Jesus spoke it and it was made. If it were not for the Lord Jesus, this world would come apart. Remember what Colossians chapter one and verse seventeen? It said plainly – “by him all things consist.” If it was not for the Lord Jesus, the protons and the electrons would repeal themselves but Jesus holds them together.
Just think about perfect the body is! Just our hands and how it moves and grips things is beyond us. Even man has not been able to duplicate it.
We could spend a ton of time on the Lord Jesus as Creator. But we must move on.
B. He is Completer. Colossians 3:4
“When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”
He completed creation and it was good. He completed our conversion and it is very good. He completes our commitment and it will be very good. He completes our life. How does He do that? It is because He is our life. So completely are we renewed by regeneration that we are dead to the old life, and only live in Jesus! We cannot love the things of earth; our hearts are in heaven, our very life is there, where Jesus is, and until he comes we live a hidden life, which worldlings cannot perceive or comprehend.
C. He is Counselor. Isaiah 9:6-7
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”
He uses three avenues in which He counsels us.
1. He always uses Holy Scriptures.
“But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
“The Bible is a harbor where I can drop down my anchor, feeling certain that it will hold. Here is a place where I can find sure footing; and, by the grace of God, from this confidence I shall never be moved.” –Spurgeon
Some people put more stock in dreams and visions other than the only true place to get counsel. I mentioned some time back but it bears repeating about dreams and visions. Let me show you the superiority of the Bible over dreams and visions.
a. Unlike a vision or dream, the Bible is pure.
“Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.”
b. Unlike a vision or a dream, the Bible is perfect.
“The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.”
c. Unlike a vision or dream, the Bible is powerful.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
d. Unlike a vision or dream, the Bible is permanent.
“For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.”
e. Unlike a vision or dream, the Bible is profitable.
2nd Timothy 3:16-17
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
Jesus always sends to the Holy Scriptures to get our counsel. After all, He knows all and can reveal what we need to know through the scriptures. Anything contrary to His Word is not of the Lord.
2. He uses the Holy Spirit to counsel us.
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
Our Lord gives us the Holy Spirit to counsel us. Once again this bears to repeat. The Holy Spirit will never counsel apart from the Bible. Many people have said that the Holy Spirit led them to do such and such or write such and such. If this were so, then the Lord would not have left us with a completed Bible. So all that the Holy Spirit counsels will always go the way of this Bible. Some people tell the lie that God led them away from a church but they don’t go to any church. This is a lie from the heart that is deceived and not in tune with the Bible. How do I know this?
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
I wish I had the time to explore this further. I may do so in another message. But let us move on.
3. He uses helpful saints to counsel us.
“Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.”
“Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.”
“For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.”
What are some of these counsellors that God uses? He uses parents. He can use pastors. He can use personal friends. But any counsel contrary to the Scriptures is not godly counsel. When I was praying over the matter of nursing school, I asked the counsel of all three of these groups. With the exception of the personal friend and our pastor, the others did not know each other and had no contact with each other. Each of these groups felt as I did that this was of the Lord. In retrospect, it was one of the wisest decisions that we made as a family. God has used that training to provide for my family and I.
D. He is contagious. I realize that this is not one of His names but once you see Him for whom He really is, you can see how He is viewed as contagious. Let’s turn to a passage that I have already used but it will help drive home the point.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Look at the first name that Brother Isaiah recorded for us- “Wonderful”. If something is wonderful, you want others to try it or in this case, Him.
“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”
I could never count the times my wife will try to get me to try something new to eat. Some times she succeeds and other times she fails. But she still keeps trying to get me to try it. She will say that something tastes wonderful. When I try it and like it, I want others to try it too.
It rarely leaves my mind when I read this verse or her it read that my mind does not travel back to my Bible Institute days. We had a congress of Fundamentalism. There was a great deal of speakers. Some of them were stuffed shirts. But one night Doctor Slighter was one of the speakers of the evening. He did not preach on fundamentalism but chose this text. I remember the “Amens” ringing all over the church. He preached on “Zeal of the Lord”. It was a great message but one part has stuck in my mind and let me repeat it. It will not be like Dr. Slighter’s but it thrills my heart when it comes to mind.
Jesus has returned to earth and defeated the armies massed against Him. He holds a press conference in
Isn’t that a great memory? He is wonderful and if He is seen clearly in our lives, He will be contagious.
So His name should be promoted because of who He is.
II. HIS NAME SHOULD BE PROMOTED BECAUSE OF WHAT HE HAS DONE!
What has He done? Once again the constraint of time will not allow us to go long in this thought.
A. He saved us. Romans 10:13
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
He saved us from the penalty of sin. We are heaven bound with the hammer down. He saved us from the person of sin. We left the devil’s family for the family of God. He saved us from the pain of sin. We will not have to go to hell. Every one that goes to hell is a trespasser. The Lord created hell for the devil and his angels. But every lost man, woman, boy and girl who dies without accepting the Lord Jesus as his or her Saviour.
I am saved by the blood of the Crucified One. That sounds great and it is true of every saved person.
B. He also secures us. It is found in our salvation.
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
We are secured for eternity. Everlasting is eternal and eternal is forever.
C. He spruces us up. This is the pruning that the Lord does for us. Pruning is not easy but necessary for Jesus to be seen through us.
“Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.”
He uses many tools to prune us but none any greater than the Word of God. He will uses people that irritate to prune us. Some times it is these people who show us our place of growth even they don’t know it. It is the Lord using them to prune our rough edges.
III. HIS NAME SHOULD BE PROMOTED BECAUSE OF WHAT HE IS GOING TO DO!
We could speak on a lot of things that we hope that the Lord could do. We could speak on church growth. We could speak on increase in missions. These are important but I have one thing in mind when I said what He is going to do with certainty. He is going to return one day. Acts 1:8-11
ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye
shall be witnesses unto me both in
A. He will come suddenly. It could be at any moment. In fact, it could be before I finish preaching this message. I know that some may be happy for that. The Bible says He will come like a thief in the night.
B. He will come shouting. He will call “Come up hither” and we will go up to meet our Lord in the air.
C. He will come silently. That almost sounds like a contradiction of the last point but only the redeem will hear the call to come up hither.
He is coming back. We have His promise. We should live in that promise.
Conclusion: What shouldn’t we promote His name? I was thinking about the manic of Gardara. What happened after he was saved? He wanted to go with the Lord when He left. Here is the rest of the story so to speak. Mark 5:18-20
“And when he was come
into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he
might be with him. Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home
to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and
hath had compassion on thee. And he
departed, and began to publish in
He exalted the name of the Lord. In other words, he promoted the name of Jesus. Should we do less?
Next time, I want to preach on the power of His name.