13 A group of Jews was traveling from town to town casting out evil spirits. They tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus in their incantation, saying, “I command you in the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, to come out!” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a leading priest, were doing this. 15 But one time when they tried it, the evil spirit replied, “I know Jesus, and I know Paul, but who are you?” 16 Then the man with the evil spirit leaped on them, overpowered them, and attacked them with such violence that they fled from the house, naked and battered.
There isn’t power in the name of Jesus, my hispanic friend. He’s a good guy and all, but there just isn’t any power in his name. If you need a helping hand for a move, he’s a nice guy and I’m sure he would be glad to help you out. If you need someone to complete your foursome for a round of golf, I’m sure he would like to join you. However, if you need a personal Savior, eternal salvation, or divine healing I’m afraid Jesus, my hispanic friend will let you down.
There have been many people whose name contained those same 5 letters in that precise sequence. So when does the name become more than a name? The 7 sons of Sceva found out that even alluding to the same name that Paul spoke of rendered them defeated and wounded. It sets a clear precedent that power isn’t in the name, but in the person of the name. Without a knowledge of what Paul described as “the mighty God in Christ” the name of Jesus becomes an incantation akin to Hocus Pocus, or Abracadabra. Perhaps we have even been guilty of utilizing the name as a good luck charm, or a hopeful incantation.
How do we have power in Christ through His name?
1. Guard Your Heart – In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught us to Hallow or Sanctify His name. The name Jesus should be set apart in a special place in our hearts. We should consistently reverence the name that is above every name.
2. Have a real and authentic relationship with Jesus – We may be able to fool others about our relationship with Jesus Christ, but we can’t fool everyone. Even demonic forces recognize when we are trying to evoke the name of Jesus in an inauthentic way. However, they have to respect and recognize the authority of the person that is in a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ. Power is the by product of a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ.
3. Worship the Name – When we elevate the name of Jesus in worship we bring heaven to earth. The name becomes more than just 5 letters in a certain sequence, it becomes the name of the Person who has all power in His hand.
There is only one who stands as our savior and healer. There is only one who is fully God and man. There is only one who was dead, but is risen and lives eternally. There is only one soon returning king, and it isn’t Jesus, my hispanic friend.