Tuesday, March 20, 2012

What's in a Name?

At the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  (Philippians 2:9,10)

   Names carry a great deal of significance, meaning, and power.  What picture comes to your mind when you hear the names, Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Billy Graham, Benjamin Franklin, Fanny Crosby, Martin Luther King, and Jesus Christ?  These are all powerful people who are noted for changing the world. 

   The chief priests, sribes, and Pharisees were so paranoid at the name of Jesus that they refused to even say his name and threathened the apostles never to mention or teach in his name. (Acts 4:20; 5:40)

   The early pilgrims gave names like Charity, Joy, Purity, Angel, etc. to their children with the hope they would develop the characteristics of that person.  Names of Bible characters are still being given to children today with the same hopes in mind. 

   God plaes great importance upon names.  In fact, the names of all believers have been placed in the Lamb's Book of Life, and someday those names will be read so all of heaven can hear. 

   We have been taught to end our prayers by saying in Jesus' name. 


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