SATURDAY 5 November, 2016
Winning a Name
These things Benaiah the son of Jehoiada did, and won a name among three mighty men. He was more honored than the thirty, but he did not attain to the first three. And David appointed him over his guard. - 2 Samuel 23:22-23
Benaiah––killed a lion, overcame two heroes of Moab and defeated a spectacular Egyptian warrior, winning a name for himself. There is something to be said about a name with a good reputation––Proverbs 22:1 tells us: A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches; a good name is better than precious ointment… (Ecclesiastes 7:1).
Jesus has many names in Scripture that reveal to us new facets of His amazing character. His disciples knew the power of His name. Peter told the lame man: …Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk (Acts 3:6).
When the religious leaders asked Peter by what power or name did he heal this lame man, Peter proclaimed to them: by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole (Acts 4:10).
The Apostle Paul rebuked an evil Spirit of divination by using Jesus’ name:…Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her” (Acts16:18). It is also important to understand that salvation is only given through Jesus Christ.
Buddha, Hare Krishna, Muhammed, Joseph Smith, L. Ron Hubbard and Confucius are all well-known names that associate with the many different religions in the world today. But there is absolutely no power in any of those names to save us. There is only one name––JESUS!
Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
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