My point: Jesus not only substituted Himself for us at Calvary; His Name is our authority—our substitutionary salvation—over satan and his power of evil…everyday (Matthew 6.13).
Question: when does “Jesus” overcome sickness, poverty, strife, etc?
Jesus’ Atoning Death was His act of substituting Himself for us. Of this Apostle Paul writes: “For [God] made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we [who knew no righteousness] might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5.21, NKJV; my insertions for clarity and emphasis]. Jesus will speak up for us when we are called to account by God (Isaiah 45.23; Romans 14.15). This is because we understand what Paul informs (Matthew 12.36-37).
The Name “Jesus” is most powerful (Philippians 2.10-11)! In John 17.12, Jesus “kept” His disciples “in” God’s Name, “Jesus”, which God had given Him (John 1.1, 14; Luke 1.31; Matthew 1.21). We are baptized “into” the name Jesus (Matthew 28.19), and Jesus “keeps” us within the Name above all names, like He did the first disciples! Again, Paul helps our understanding of these two special words of Jesus in writing Romans 8.31-39, summarized in 31b: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” “Who” makes this statement all inclusive!
But, Who would keep the disciples after Jesus’ departed for Heaven? The Name “Jesus” that sanctified them, as Jesus states in John 17.17. They would be continually “kept”, i.e., continually set apart (definition of sanctification as “bringing the whole nature more and more under the influences of the new gracious principles implanted in the soul in regeneration”; Easton’s Bible Dictionary, www.olivetree.com), by the Truth of the “Word” (Jesus) into which they were baptized (John 1.1, 14). They would witness to the “Truth” that protected them from all liars and their lies (John 17.15). In John 17.18. Jesus reasserts this reality; He has the Name “Jesus”!
Note the inclusive nature of the Name “Jesus” “into” which they, and we, are baptized (John 17.12; Matthew 28.19). In John 17.20-23we learn that “unity from diversity can only come in community with the Trinity”, as Ravi Zacharias has crafted the phrase (Christian apologist in radio message}. The Name “Jesus” is the “glory” from God which Jesus received and which He gave to the disciples, including you and me. Can there be any greater glory?
These verses from Jesus’ prayer in John 17 expand the substitutionary salvation at the Cross to include the daily walk of His disciples, including us. Paraphrasing Paul: if the Name “Jesus” is upon us, who (of satan’s followers) can oppose us (Romans 8.31b)? And, paraphrasing another of Paul’s statements about this: we always triumph in all things through the name “Jesus” that keeps us (2 Corinthians 2.14). Do you believe this? Since the name “Jesus” is our mindset and Romans 8.31b is our thinking, how should we behave every day toward satan’s kingdom? Like 2 Corinthians 10.3-6and Luke 10.17? What does Jesus mean inLuke 10.19?
Thus, “Jesus” is substitutionary salvation from sickness and disease. This is shown by the healing of the paralytic in Acts 3.1-10, as Peter explains in verse 16. He explains his point in Acts 4.12: “there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” He is applying this statement of all salvation to the specific case of the healing of the man whom satan had kept bound for so long. Consider Jesus’ similar description in Luke 13.16; “‘think of it’”!
Jesus does the same with the healing of another paralytic (Luke 5.23, Mark 2.9, Matthew 9.5). “Which is easier to say” is Jesus question to doubters. Both eternal life and healing salvation have the same requirement: faith in the Name “Jesus” and in God Whose name this is (John 1.1; Hebrews 13.8; Philippians 2.9-11)! We, too, are “kept” (John 17.12) from sickness because of our faith in “Jesus”.
So, Jesus repeats today to you and me the words that preceded His prayer: “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16.24). Jesus has substituted His name of salvation, “Jesus”, for every sickness, disease, poverty, strife, envy, contention, frustration, depression, and stress in your daily life! But, you must ask, no even “demand” (Isaiah 45.11; Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, h7592; www.olivetree.com), relief from the persecuting demons in order to receive the salvation (Hebrews 4.2; Luke 18.1-8). Follow the protocol of the disciples in Luke 10.17.
Jesus has give us assurance of temporal/daily salvation in John 16.33: “‘In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.’” No doubt that troubles will come, and no doubt that salvation overcomes trouble!
This continues for us through His Name, “Jesus”! For tough ‘stains’, rub harder, adding in more ‘Rebuke-All’!
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