The Case for JESUS Name!!

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Hello Rimpology101 followers and guest!!! I love talking to you all!!  I know I’ve been off the scene for quite some time, but I’m back!  I will try my best to not stay away that long ever again. Believe it or not, I need YOU, way more than you need me!  “Thinking out LOUD” is therapeutic for me.  Its a release, an avenue for me to express and articulate the thoughts that run through my mind.  Today we’ll be discussing a thought very dear to my heart, the “Jesus Name debate”…  A very popular discussion in many religious circles.   Cmon, lets dive in!

Colossians 2:9 says “For in him (Jesus) dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily”  same book, Chapter 3:17 declares, “And EVERYTHING you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

The enemy of God, the devil…  Has 3 primary objectives noted in the Gospel of John chapter 10 Vs10, it says he (the thief) has come to steal, kill, and destroy.  Its no secret that a popular strategy when trying to conquer a group or more than one person is to divide them, and ultimately conquer them.  Think about for a moment how a pack of Lions hunt their prey.  They scope out and identify the weakest link, and then strategically plan there attack in a way that will separate the weakest link from the rest of  the group.  Once separated the lions are able to go in for the kill and there’s nothing at that point the family of the prey can do it about it.

Its my belief that this same strategy is being used by the devil today to bring division within Christendom as a whole.  After all, the Apostle Peter does make mention of the devil being as a roaring lion walking around seeing whom he may devour correct?   Its the divide and conquer strategy, and sad to say his plan has been successful in getting the visible church to be divided over doctrine or the interpretation of it.

In Christendom there is a debate stemming from a passage of scripture found in the Gospel of Matthew Ch: 28 Vs 16 – 20.  It is there where you will find Jesus giving the disciples what is commonly referred to as “The Great Commission”…  The conflict or the question of interpretation is found in Vs 19 where Jesus says and I quote from the King James version of the bible, ” Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”

The interpretation of what Jesus said here has caused a great divide in the visible Church.  What is the correct formula of administering the Baptism that Jesus refers to in the aforementioned text?  Is “the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” the formula?  Are all of those Offices referring to “A Name”??  Or does it not matter at all, as long as the person submits to ” a baptism?”

According to what I have read and studied in scripture, I am “PRO Jesus Name”…  Leaving out our denominational affiliations or religious organizational ties, and focusing on scripture alone, I find it hard pressed for any believer of the Bible to say otherwise.  Mind you, I was initially baptized as a child by a preacher using the formula “And of the Father, and of the Son, and the Holy Ghost”.  It wasn’t until I became an avid reader and lover  of the word of God that a conflict was revealed in my experience and what I read in the experience of Jesus followers in the book of The ACTS of the Apostles.  Specifically ACTS 2:38 where Peter and Apostle of Jesus is asked by a believer what must he do to be saved?  Peters answer puzzled me, he told the man to repent, and be baptized in “The Name of Jesus” for the remission of sins, and that he would receive the gift of the Holy Ghost!  I asked myself, why didn’t Peter do what Jesus said to do in Matthew 28 and 19….. I began to pray for revelation and an intense study ensued of Jesus’s Great Commission…

The 1st thing that was revealed to me in reference to “The Great Commission” was that Jesus said “NAME,” as in singular! He didn’t say in “The Names” of, but he alluded to “a name” that encompasses all of the titles He mentioned in the text.  Secondly I looked throughout the Book of ACTS to see how His Apostles carried out His instructions, and in every instance where a baptism took place, it was done using the name of Jesus…

I then began to ask myself why should I find it so shocking or un-biblical to administrate baptism in Jesus name if I administrate other biblical actions in the name of Jesus also.  For example, the Apostles and even Believers today, heal in the name of Jesus, we pray in the name of Jesus, and most importantly salvation comes through belief in Jesus!!  The Apostle Paul said in Romans 10:9, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Peter said in Acts 4:12 “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other NAME under heaven given among men by which we MUST BE SAVED”  So I concluded that if Peter and Paul found the name of Jesus important enough that salvation comes through that Name, why should I resist the belief that baptism also should be administered in that name?

I had to come to grips with the dangers of traditionalism and pride working within me!  Tradition meaning that I would follow or practice what was taught me without questioning or even studying the scriptures for myself.  Pride, meaning that I would have to admit that I didn’t have it all, and that there was a deeper relationship Jesus was calling me to.

Its really not about who’s right or who’s wrong here, I believe the goal or the reward is the perfect will of God for all of us.  I want to meet the person other than Jesus who have exhausted everything there is to know about the Word of God.  Let me tell you a secret rimpology101 readers, that person doesn’t exist!  We are all growing in the knowledge of God as we continue to seek Him through a relationship with His son Jesus! Through seeking and relationship “revelatory knowledge” concerning the Father and His will for us is given.

So in conclusion, I follow the evidence where it leads and believe that Baptism in Jesus Name is the correct way to administer water baptism according to the Word of God.  I can say a lot more, but now I want to hear from YOU! You know what to do, scroll down and leave a reply, say something!!!  Thinking out LOUD is what we do! Love yaw!!  Peace

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7 thoughts on “The Case for JESUS Name!!

  1. The issue of salvation was never meant to be rather or not it was in His name but rather or not it was in His blood.

    Ephesians 2:13

    But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

    Remember you talk about in your previous lesson on “Purpose” those matters that were predestined. Peter offers the following …

    1 Peter 1:2

    who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled

    with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.

    Read here agan what you wrote in your last post which I thought was significant.

    “the Old testament was very Fearful!! I’m sure the ground under Moses feet shook, Moses heard and felt the winds blowing, the thunder rolling and lightning flashing! I’m sure it was a most awesome and terrible moment for Moses, although He couldn’t see what was going on around him, all he knew was in the midst of it all, God had him covered!”

    Amen! In the midst of it all God had him covered. Just like the word was “the rock” moses stood on, the covering is the blood. By way of the death, burial, and resserection of Christ, His blood reached back and covered the brothers and sisters of the old testament.

    The purpose of it all is to restore us back into the right relationship with God. There was only one plan and it had to exclude the meddlings of sinful men.

    Hebrews 12:24

    to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

    If I could be allowed to refresh your memory regarding the outline I’d jotted down last lesson.

    So lets see what we have here.

    Step #1 The brutal truth.

    1. orchestrated,

    2. worked out,

    3. and predestined by a God we can’t see

    Step #2 God and the rock

    1. God knows your purpose

    2. The word of God spells out that purpose in details.

    Step #3 A Purposeful life

    1. Moses allowed him self to be discipled by God.

    2. By trusting and obeying God, Moses lived a fruitful ife.

    Deuteronomy 8:20

    Like the nations the Lord destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the Lord your God.

    Unfortunately, we are living in timeswhen men erect these walls of confusion and dissension amongst the people of God. They want to be the architect of peoples faith in the Lord. They want to do what the blood of jesus has all ready done. Once you deceive the heart, you do not have to teach and preach the truth.

    1 John 1:7

    But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

    AND!

    Revelation 1:5

    and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed

    us from our sins by his blood,

    Rimpology, God has provided a simple way out of this mess. The case was made and decided from the foundations of the world and they decide handsdown to go with the blood. They went with the blood and His name was made legendary. Names fade away over itme. Records get lost and can be modified by evil hearts. Languages takes on new meaning and inferences across the ages. But I am confident if the Lord delays his coming another 200 years and the issue rather or not one of your ancestors belongs to you, well, and the court had a sample of your blood and or family records, which most likely would validate the ancestor belongs to you.

    I hope this helps all of us to Stop looking for perfection and look for growth instead!

    • Lt! As always appreciate your support of the blog and your responses that ALWAYS cause me to think about that which Ive posted. First let me say, Thank God for the BLOOD!!! You are absoloutely correct in placing emphasis on the Blood that Jesus shed for us, however, I don’t believe you can highlight one without equally highlighting the other, His Name is just as significant as the blood He shed for us. The declares the Power and Reverence given to the name of Jesus. So much so that the writer said there is no name under heaven given where by men shall be saved… Its at the Name of Jesus that every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess that He is Lord. So although I agree with you on the significance given to His blood, I believe the same reverence should also be given to His name. If you think about it Lt, a name wasn’t just a “name” in the bible times. You have folks today unfortunately naming there kids after cars, and alcoholic beverages.. Back then, names served a purpose, names back then were almost considered a form of prophesying over a child! There are many stories in the Bible where the name of the Child connected with the destiny of the man or woman. As is the case with Jesus, his name IS Salvation! Connected and intertwined with who He is… But I love the dialogue my brother, and Love and appreciate you my Uncle once removed..

      Sishman

  2. Hi there Sishman, my esteemed friend. I really appreciate the aim of your blog which to me seems to Teach, to inform, and to inspire your readers. To have the boldness to just lay your heart bare before us takes boldness and courage and demands tremendous respect.

    In your previous post, “The Purpose of It All” where you shared Moses’ life experiences, I was INSPIRED to dig around a little and I came upon this passage of verses here …

    Heb. 11:24 – 28

    24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God

    rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because

    he was looking ahead to his reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. 28 By faith

    he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.

    So we all know who the firstborn of Israel is and who the writer is referencing the destroyer.

    In your previous lesson you wrote …

    “all of our lives have already been orchestrated, worked out, and predestined by a God we can’t see.”

    So the way I worked it out in my heart was that God knew that He would need to reach back and SAVE moses and it would involve not only the blood but THE BLOOD of his beloved Son, Jesus Christ! So I smiled when I read part of your reply here …

    “So although I agree with you on the significance given to His blood, I believe the same reverence should also be given to His name.”

    Basically, between the both of us we have accomplished this goal. Working together for the good of those who love the lord and are called according to his purpose. I think you are a rather astute young man and I am impressed with your heart to want to teach to inform and to inspire, especially those of your generation about the truth as it relates to living a godly life.

    Thank you for challenging me to look beyond my traditions and the neighborhoods of my youth as my relationship with the Lord continues to deepen and becomes more intimate.

    Oh! Regarding this line …

    “But I love the dialogue my brother, and Love and appreciate you my Uncle once removed..”

    I, Lawrence taylor, accept your acceptance of me little nephew once removed..”

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