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Jesus Christ: That Wonderful Name

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Jesus Christ: That Wonderful Name
“This is the stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone. Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4: 11, 12.

God has chosen to use the foolish and base things of this world to confound the wise; not the things that are noble (1 Corinthians 1:26-30). Jesus Christ is the Rock of ages, the living stone. He is the rock which the Church is built and the gates of hell cannot withstand the onslaught of the Church of God.

“Coming to Him as a living stone, rejected indeed by man, but chosen by God and precious.” 1 Peter 2: 4.

Builders use stones for their job but when this stone appears on the scene, they reject it. Regardless of race, culture or creed, Jesus Christ is the answer to our questions whether it is spiritual or mundane for He is the source of ALL glory - celestial and terrestrial. Yet many have rejected him, for some seek an intellectually stimulating, mystical truth to attaining eternal tranquility. We preach Christ crucified. To these people, this is foolishness and an empty religion. Yet, there are still those who seek power – spiritual or physical or both and perceive the faith as not instant enough for such quests.

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18.

If the message of the cross is incredibly foolish, you just cannot bring yourself to seeing its relevance to this age and your life, it is a sure sign that you are perishing. Many have rejected Jesus Christ and the gospel He brought. It is this same Christ that God has chosen to be the chief cornerstone. This is one around whom the creator has structured the salvation of man.

There is eternal peace in the name of Jesus! There is safety in the name of Jesus! There is providence in the name of Jesus! There is deliverance in the name of Jesus! There is healing in the name of Jesus! This is the name that God has given ALL men – black, white, red, brown, to guarantee their salvation from Satan’s legal grip. There is no other name under heaven given among men whereby he must be saved. We must realize that God has committed all authority to His Son, Jesus Christ. He has made him both Lord and Christ.

In the use of the name of Jesus, we must acknowledge His God-given authority here on earth and over our lives. Many times, our lives and lifestyles are at cross purpose to the will of God yet we shout or scream or say the name of Jesus: J-E-S-U-S and expect to see answer. The power is not in shouting J-E-S-U-S but in the God-man Jesus Christ who died and has been raised from the dead.

That name when used under his authority and with authority, is guaranteed to bring:

  • Answers to prayers prayed according to the will of God (John 14: 13, 14; 1 John 5: 14, 15)
  • Salvation in this life and in the life to come (Matthew 1: 21; Romans 10: 9-13; Acts 4: 12).
  • Destruction to the works of the devil (1 John 3: 8)
  • The abiding presence of the God-head (Matthew 18: 19, 20)
  • Ability to do the works that Jesus Christ did when he was on earth and even greater works (John 14: 12)

God has given Jesus such a wonderful name. He has received a place of authority that is second to none except that of the Giver (God) (1 Corinthians 15: 27, 28), because He was obedient unto death – the death of the cross. On that cross, the hand writing of ordinances that stood against us was nailed and taken out of the way (Colossians 2: 14).

Christ’s acceptance to become sin for us when He did not sin and then die on the cross has earned him this name (JESUS), a better place than the names (authority) of elect angels.

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