There are three vital keys we see through-out the book of Acts that helps us understand why the first century Church moved in the power of God. The first key is: The Word, second key: The Name of Jesus, and finally the third key: The Holy Ghost.
In this study we will focused on The Name of Jesus.
In John 15:16 – Jesus Gives us the Authority to use His Name.
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” John 15:16 ESV
In John 16:23 and Mark 16:15-20 – Jesus Gives the Order to Use His Name
“In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.” John 16:23 ESV
“And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.  And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues;  they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”  So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.  And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.” Mark 16:15-20 ESV
As the disciples of Jesus Christ went about using the Name of Jesus more revelation about the Name was given to them. At first they clearly understood that there was authority behind the Name of Jesus, later they understood that the Name was above any other Name. Jesus had already said that the Holy Spirit sent in His Name was going to teach them and bring to remembrance the things He had told them, John 14:26.
I. The Name of Jesus in the Books of Acts
A. Acts 2:37-38 – “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” ALL in His Name.
- “Repentance“, forgives sin by His blood, see Ephesians 1:7 and Colossians 1:14 (KJV only).
- The blood is applied when we believe in His Name. We are forgiven of our sins.
- “Baptized“, after the blood is applied to forgive and take away sin, we are then washed by the water.
- In the Old Testament, after the priest sacrificed the offering, they would go to the water basin and wash themselves before stepping in to minister and worship in the Holy Place of the Tabernacle, see Exodus 30:17-21 and Exodus 40:29-32.
- In the Name of Jesus we are baptized, because in the Name the blood was applied for the forgiveness and removing of sins. Now in the Name we are washed and sanctified for new life and therefore be able to enter to offer our service to God, Romans 12:2.
- “Shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost“,
- After the high priest would sacrifice for the forgiveness of his own sins, he would go through the water basin to wash himself to be able to enter into the Holiest Place where the presence of the Almighty dwell.
- Application: Now a days, the blood has already been poured, we received the forgiveness of sins when we repent by believing that His blood is the only way to forgive sins. We pass through waters to be cleanse and raised to new life. The Holy Spirit is received as a gift to confirm that we have been accepted as a offering before the Lord, see Leviticus 9:24; Judges 6:21; 1 Chronicles 21:26-28; 1 Kings 18:38; 2 Chronicles 7:1-3. (more on this subject on other studies)
B. Acts 3:6, 3:16, 4:10, 4:12 – We see the intensity of Faith there was in the Name.
- The Church of Christ led by Peter knew that importance of the Name, it was the Name whom they proclaim during the Apostolic church era.
- Peter made it clear to the people that it was by the Name that there was salvation, healing and any wonders to be made.
C. Acts 4:29-30 – The whole church used the Name
“And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness,  while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” Acts 4:29-30 ESV
- This prayer was done after Peter had told the multitudes that it was through the Name of Jesus that the crippled man had been raised and healed.
- The church here prayed so that the Lord may grant them more boldness to preach the Gospel and use the Name of Jesus. Notice that they had already seen the signs and wonders the Name of Jesus did among men.
D. Acts 5:28 – The doctrine or teaching of the Church was “in the Name”
- “The Name” had become very popular that the council and the high priest had already ordered that no longer that Name be spoken, see Acts 4:17-18 “But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.  And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.”
- Those at the council came to see that “in the Name of Jesus” had become a doctrine (teaching), because they themselves said that in Jerusalem was filled of this teaching, Acts 5:28.
E. Acts 9:14 and 21 – Before Paul converted to The Way, he persecuted believers that called on the Name. The believers were known to call on this name.
- 9:14-16 – Ananias speaks with the Lord bringing to memory that Paul had the authority to arrest whosoever called on the Name. The Lord Jesus answers making enfasis Himself about His Name.
- 9:20-22 – The brethren (those that call on the Name of Jesus) were amazed that Paul was now one of those that call on the Name of the Lord.
F. Acts 15:26 – They risk their lives for the Name of Jesus
- Example: see Acts 16:18-25
- The spirit of divination was cast out of this slave girl in the Name of Jesus.
- Her master said “These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, and teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.”
- The simple fact that Paul and Silas used “the Name of Jesus” gave the impression that it was through the Name that demons are cast out.
G. Acts 19:13 – They tried using the Name of Jesus without having a relationship with Jesus
I. Acts 15:14-17 – We are people of His Name
- We are called by His Name, Ephesians 3:15
II. The Revelation of the Name of Jesus Grew, Philippians 2:9-10; Ephesians 1:20-23.
- JESUS IS ABOVE ALL NAME
- WE HAVE HIS NAME
We learned that the early Church moved in the power of the Holy Spirit because the faith they had behind the Name of Jesus. Miracles, wonders and signs were manifested because of the Name. Demons were being cast out, the sick people were getting healed and people were getting baptized by the Name of Jesus. All due to the revelation that God was imparting them about the authority and power behind the name of Jesus.
In the early Church is was all about the Name. Christians were known to call on the Name of Jesus. They were identified by the Name. Persecuted by the Name. The Name meant so much for the disciples of Jesus Christ
If we actually had the same faith we proclaim to say, wouldn’t the Church of Christ today testify and do the same works through the Name of Jesus as did the early Church?
Why do Churches lack of the power that we were given the moment we believed? Can it be that we think we believe but actually don’t believe at all?
Leave your comments below, share with us your opinion on the lack of power in today’s Churches.