May 13, 2011

“In Jesus’ Name” What That Really Means

Posted in Christianity tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:45 am by Lisa Ritchey

That sweet, precious, Holy name of Jesus.  We so abuse it!  We shout it when we pray as if to really make a point, or , perhaps, we think that kind of seals the deal, so to speak.  What does that phrase really mean, though?

In Mar 16:17 Jesus says, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they …”  What does that mean, though?  It means that we are to do things as if it were Jesus himself standing there doing them.  He has given us His power of Authority via the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

When John the Baptist baptized Jesus, the Holy Spirit came upon him.  This will upset many, but the truth is the truth.  Jesus did no miracles before this happened.

He said that we shall do greater works than he did, because He goes to His (our) father in Heaven(1).  How can this be possible?  We are mere mortals.

When the Holy Spirit came on Jesus, He was endued with super-natural power (the anointing (2)).  The Holy Spirit is not in Heaven, but on Earth, so when Jesus went to Heaven, His anointing left His body and settled on His other body: the church.  Jesus said, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”Act 1:8

It is through this power, or anointing, that we are able to: cast out devils, speak with new tongues, take up serpents, drink any deadly thing and it not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.   We are to, actually, act just like Jesus did.  We should be doing the very same things that he did. 

Jesus Christ: the same yesterday, today and forever(3) (4).  There are things that need to be done on the earth today, but Jesus is in Heaven.  We are His body: 

  1. We are the hands that are laid on the sick to see them healed;
  2. We are His feet to go where He needs us to;
  3. We are His mouth to speak the things that He needs spoken. 

We are to do the things that God needs done on the Earth, just as if Jesus were doing them.

Don’t get mad at me.  This is Scripture.  This is how it works.  We should every one, if we are truly believers, be seeing signs and wonders done through us- in Jesus’ name!


(1) John 14:12

(2) Isaiah 10:27

(3) Hebrews 13:8

(4)A related article I wrote is Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.(Hebrews 13:8)

*NOTE: No, we can be hung on a cross, but we could never save the world.  Jesus has already dealt with that.  And He is the only one that ever could!…?


©Copyright 2011 Lisa Ritchey


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