I Come to you in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ
What do Christians mean when they say, “I come to you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ?”
The truth of the matter is that the phrase “in the name of the Lord” could preface any speech or action of a Christian.
In other words, this phrase has numerous applications. A Believer could literally employ it to speak, preach, bless, or greet each other.
For example, Michael sees Angela on the train while commuting to work. They both attend the same assembly.
He says to her: “I greet you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
She responded, “I bless you in the name of our Lord Jesus.”
I have said, “I bless you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ” to brethren I have encountered during my daily routine. And they have similarly pronounced the identical blessing on me.
I don’t always say it, but I have done so.
Many times while preaching, a man or woman-of-God often utilizes “in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ” to explain a point.
I Come in the Name of the Lord Means one Thing!
However, when a Believer says, “I come in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ”, such a person means one thing.
Such a one means that he or she comes as a genuine representative of Christ. The Lord sends this person to speak or act on His behalf. This person is an envoy of heaven.
This was exactly the case with David and Goliath. Therefore, note David’s words.
“Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied” (1 Samuel 17:45).
Additionally, he plans to use it to defile the giant, because he had tarnished the name of the Lord God of Israel.
In Whose Name did Jesus Come?
Jesus was an emissary of heaven. He came in the name of the Lord God. And he came speaking the words of God and demonstrating his authority.
He said: “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive” (John 5:43).
Therefore, all power from heaven was given to him to execute the purpose for which his Father sent him. He wasn’t powerless.
“Jesus came and spake unto [his disciples], saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:18).
He sent his apostles, so they were envoys of heaven too.
However, the world rejected him, therefore, they also rejected He who sent him. They have rejected God.
Should I remind us that the world doesn’t accept us either!
To save ourselves from condemnation we must believe in the name of the Son of God; Jesus Christ.
Features of Anyone who Comes in the Name of the Lord
The Name of the Lord Bestows Authority
Since the First Advent of Jesus Christ, anyone who comes declaring and preaching Jesus Christ has been saved.
Therefore, when a Believer declares that he comes in the name of the Lord, he is also claiming that he comes with the power and the authority of his sender.
He is claiming that he has the power of God at his disposal.
Such a one is really saying, I’m a Christian; I’m a Believer in Jesus Christ. This is no unbeliever!
Consequently, one chief manner to recognize those that the Lord sends: They must come speaking His Words and demonstrating His power.
“For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God” and those words must come from the Holy Bible (John 3:34).
The name of the sender confers his or her authority on the person or persons sent.
Consequently, without a name, there is no authority.
This is another reason for you to baptize in “the name”: Jesus Christ because he sent you. Therefore, without his name, you have no authority with him.
Anyone who Comes in the Name of the Lord Display This Quality!
Whenever you encounter a person who is ignorant of his or her true power as a proxy of his sender it is obvious. Such a one is ineffectual and powerless.
However, one that knows that he owns the authority and power of his sender is confident and powerful. He exudes it in all that he says and does.
One mention of the sender’s name is usually enough to instill fear and command attention from all.
If You Come in the Name of the Lord You Always Have This!
Many, many years ago the monarchs of Europe sent emissaries to colonize countries of the Western World.
When such ambassadors identify a suitable country they would capture it in the name of their reigning king or queen.
For example, if an emissary of the United Kingdom wanted to assume ownership of a country he would do so in the name of Her Majesty the Queen, Queen Elizabeth 1.
Today, the FBI makes arrests around the world. Whenever these FBI agents intend to make an arrest they always identify the source of their authority; therefore, they vociferously declare FBI!
The Lord commands you “to go” “and teach all nations, baptizing them “in the name.” (Matthew 28:19).
Everyone who comes proclaiming the name of the Lord Jesus Christ comes with his authority.
Does The Name of The Lord Grant Power?
Many Christians may think and say that they derive power from the name of the Lord but that statement is neither scriptural nor true.
Jesus teaches his followers when and how they will possess dominion.
He informs them that they will “receive power” only after they had the “come-upon experience” (Acts 1:8).
Listen carefully as he explains this to them:
“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” (Acts 1:8).
How did Jesus’ resurrection occur? By the power of the Lord God.
Believers in all quantum of time possess power only from the Holy Ghost. When did the Twelve Leaders of Jesus have power? Only after the ascension of Jesus and after they had received the Holy Ghost.
This undeniable might only come to them after the resurrection of Jesus Christ!
Nevertheless, power is always associated with a name. A name also denotes authority. And power and authority always work hand-in-hand with each other.
The Association of a Name With Power
But a name is not the source of the dominance.
The religious leaders in the following scripture recognized the association of a name with power. Note their utterance!
And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?” (Acts 4:7).
Even though they could be seen as synonyms for even Apostle Peter agreed with them.
“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole” (Acts 4:10).
They are distinct because one could possess the name but not the power. However, the opposite is always true for anyone who possesses the Holy Ghost always owns power.
But they may not be aware of how to unleash it!
However, the true resurrection power of the Lord is a consequence of possessing both the name of Jesus Christ and his resurrection power by the Holy Ghost.
The seven sons of Sceva utilized the name Jesus to cast out devils from a man. But they had no power despite using the name Jesus because they were not sent by God, (Acts 19:13-18).
Neither did they possess the Holy Ghost nor were they Believers in Jesus Christ. A name alone never confers power or authority on anyone who is out of place.
Could Atheists Use the Name of Jesus?
So, to conclude, Christians could utilize the name of the Lord for a variety of reasons.
Some use it in conversation. But others use it to preach, bless and greet others.
However, everyone who comes in the name of the Lord always demonstrates authority and power and they are always Believers.
Nevertheless, the name of Jesus Christ is not the source of the power for the Bible teaches otherwise and would thus be contradicting itself.
If the name of Jesus Christ, by itself, had power anyone including Believers and non-believers even atheists could use it and see results.
Recall the Seven Sons of Sceva? It’s for this reason that they had no power even though they employed Jesus in their exorcism, (Acts 19:13-18).
While Jesus was on earth physically, he was the source of his disciples’ power. But after his ascension into heaven, all their power emanates from one source his Holy Ghost.
This is the source of the power that resurrected Jesus Christ from the dead.
“Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh” (Romans 1:3).
“And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead” (Romans 1:4).
This first happened on the Day of Pentecost.
And this is the identical force that will change all our bodies at the Rapture of the Church!
Every Representative of Heaven Possess Both!
Additionally, there is no one with authority that doesn’t possess a name. Thus, authority and power are associated with a name but they possess different sources.
Thus to demonstrate and authenticate that I come in the name of the Lord I must utilize his name and his words which will showcase his power and authority.
The name Jesus Christ furnishes the authority to Believers but it’s his Holy Ghost that supplies the power to get things done. Both work in concert the name of Jesus and his Holy Ghost.
In closing, to declare that you come in the name of the Lord means that you are a representative of heaven and of the Lord. He sends you.
Christians who come in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ must express the source of their authority. They must come speaking His name. His name is Jesus. The glory is the Lord’s.
They should also come showcasing the power of the living God, so unbelievers will witness it and believe on Jesus Christ.
Those sent by God always come speaking His Words. They must agree with the Holy Bible and with those of Jesus Christ. We possess no words of our own.
The Lord encourages us to do everything calling on His great name. Speak the Word of the Lord to someone today.
“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him” (Colossians 3:17).