Devotional: ‘The Power and Authority of Jesus’ Name’

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Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus…

The early Christians were not ashamed of their faith in Christ. Instead, they were very bold. What gave them such confidence and courage? As I have studied through Acts 3 and 4 I have noticed four things which I believed helped to contribute to their boldness. We will review these three principles during the remainder of this week’s study.

Principle #1 – The Power and Authority of Jesus’ Name

The first principle we see is the boldness that can be found in the power and authority of Jesus’ name. Notice the number of times there is a reference to our Savior’s name during these two chapters. (see Acts 3:6, 16; 4:7, 10, 12, 17, 18, 30)

– Peter healed in the name of Jesus

– Peter preached in the name of Jesus

– Peter declared that salvation is only through the name of Jesus

– Disciples prayed for more boldness to proclaim Jesus’ name

Why is the name of Jesus so important? Today we often give our children names with little thought to their meanings. But during the days of the Bible, names were often carefully chosen in order to convey a very important truth or principle. What does the name ‘Jesus’ mean? Scripture says: “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” (Mt 1:21) The name ‘Jesus’ means: {God is salvation}. JC Ryle wrote that the name Jesus means “Savior” indicating that Jesus alone can save us from our sins.

Consider Paul’s teaching about the importance of Jesus’ name –

Philippians 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The religious leaders asked Peter and John – “By what power or by what name did you do this?” (Acts 4:7) The two disciples were quick to tell them that it was not by their own power or authority. It was by the power and authority of the name of Jesus of Nazareth. The Bible tells us that there is no other name whereby men can call upon God and be saved.

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