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Title: Taking God’s Name
Everything that is ours and that has our name also bears the name or title of the person who owns it, just as everything that is God’s bears His name. Right now, you and I either belong to ourselves, or we belong to God. One of those two options is available. The fact that the name of the owner is inscribed on us both morally and spiritually is evidence of that possession. As was said before, if we belong to God and carry His name, we are expected to behave in a holy manner.
Luke 1:49 — because he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name…”
Isaiah 57:15 — For this is what the high and exalted one says, the one who rules forever, whose name is holy: “I dwell in an exalted and holy place, but also with the discouraged and humiliated, in order to cheer up the humiliated and to encourage the discouraged.
There is always the chance that we may call ourselves by the name of Jesus or even at one point belong to God, but that we may later leave from leading a life that is befitting of that name. This is a possibility that cannot be eliminated. This is the true interpretation of the phrase “to make light of the name of the Lord.”
People tend to imagine that “taking the name of the Lord in vain” refers to swearing or cussing. However, this example demonstrates a considerably more severe breach of the commandment.
Exodus 20:7 — “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold guiltless anyone who takes his name in vain.
To “take the name of the Lord in vain” is to appropriate His name for one’s own use, so claiming that one is a part of Him, and then to go with one’s life as if nothing had happened. To put it another way, you have appropriated His name, but this has had no effect on how you live or on who you are as a person.
The most blatant example of this would be to call oneself a Christian while living a life that is contrary to the teachings of the Christian faith. This is an error as well as a contradiction.
Now, it is essential to have a solid understanding of what is meant by the term “unholy living.” We have the propensity to believe that an “unholy existence” is one that is marked by acts of immorality as well as drinking. Those things do not come from a holy place. But an unholy existence is comprised of much more than what is immediately apparent.
Consider the implications. If a holy life is one which belongs to God, then a sinful life is one which does not. An unholy life can therefore be a nice, clean life. But if the supposed “godliness” and “righteousness” is achieved apart from God – rather than because I belong to Him – it is unholy. In the eyes of God, it is not clean. It is, in fact, profane.
God uses terms like “profane,” “unclean,” and “polluted,” to refer to things which do not wholly belong to Him. There are “polluted” because there is a mixture. They are “profane” because they are a misrepresentation of Him – even if in a “nice” way. They are “unclean” because they are not pure. There is nothing more unholy than naming myself by the holy name of Jesus Christ, but then living for myself as if I belong to myself. This is a sinful act. It is using the name of the Lord God in a way that is not respectful.
Is Jesus Familiar With You?
Matthew 7:21-23 — “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven – only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. On that day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many powerful deeds in your name?’ Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Go away from me, you lawbreakers!’
When God places His life inside us and names us by His name, He is serious about the effect this should have on us. But as indicated, if it has no influence, then we have taken upon ourselves the name of Jesus in vain. And if we truly knew it, we would recognise that in some respects this is worse than not accepting His name at all, which is something we would know if we really understood it. At least those who are uneducated have the option to claim it!
What can we argue with you about your knowledge of the name Jesus Christ?
In the verse that you just read, Jesus responds with the words, “I never knew you,” to those who come hoping to get into His kingdom. We talk a lot about knowing Jesus, which is quite important. However, does Jesus recognise us? Have we made ourselves available to Him in such a way that He can communicate with us? Have we not only adopted His name but also built a relationship with Him that reflects the reality that we are part of God’s family?
Jesus is speaking about those people who have accomplished a great deal “in His name.” But they have never surrendered themselves to Him. As a direct result of this, Jesus does not know them. Despite being called by His name and having the expectation of entering the kingdom, Jesus is unable to identify anything about them. They have, in fact, disrespected Jesus by using his name in a disrespectful manner.
Find Yourself A NEW Name
Those who have entered into a new relationship with God – or into a new phase of their previous relationship with God – are given new names in the Bible by the Lord who created them. In many cases, a new name denotes a change in personality, nature and character, which is usually prompted by a shift in one’s connection with God.
Thus, we have Abram – which means “exalted father” – becoming Abraham– which means “father of many nations.” His original name was Abram, but it was changed to Abraham because the Bible says that “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.” This was a whole new phase in Abram’s connection with God, and it was one that brought about a fundamental shift in the dynamic that existed between themselves and God.
If we are to be named by God with His name or if we are to be named with a name that He gives us, it demonstrates that we belong to God and defines our connection with Him. If we are to be named with a name that He gives us, it reveals that we belong to God.
In addition to this, it demonstrates our genuine nature by illuminating our genuine identity. Therefore, being a part of God’s family will not limit the potential that we have. It will profit it. Being a part of God’s family will in no way interfere with our individuality or identity. No. Rather, belonging to God will lead to the discovery of our true identity in Him and result in the actualization of what God envisions us to become as a consequence of our lives.
The truth of the matter is that the only way to obtain a new name – the only way to find out who I really am – is to be named by His name! Get that. To belong to God is the only way for me to be made free and to fulfil the purpose for which God created me. This is the only way. In order for me to find out my “actual name” and uncover who I really am, I need to be called by His name.
The New Name In The White Stone
Revelation 2:17 — The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will give him some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and on that stone will be written a new name that no one can understand except the one who receives it.’
The fact that the new name is one that “no one knows but he that gets it” demonstrates that this is a matter that pertains only to the person. The term alludes to the intimate connection that an individual has with the One to whom he or she belongs, as well as the One in which the individual finds his or her own self.
This may be stated more succinctly as follows: God is more familiar with us than we are with ourselves. Therefore, if we give ourselves up to Him, He will lead us to the point where we may realise our entire potential and become all that He envisions for us.
A reference to the out-of-date practises of delivering a white stone to individuals who were found not guilty after a trial and a black stone to those who were found guilty, the white stone represents absolution from the guilt of sin.
It should not come as a surprise that the new name is embedded in the white stone. Therefore, when we receive Christ as our Savior, we are given all that God has prepared for us in Christ. It is hardly unexpected that this occurred. A fresh beginning, such as a new birth, often calls for a new name.
Receiving All Of Christ
In this particular chapter, Jesus does make reference to overcoming. This is not a detail that should be ignored in any way. After a new birth, we are given the possibility of receiving all that is associated with our new name. A fresh start in our connection with God is given to us. We belong to Him to the fullest extent that we ever shall belong to him.
However, we must develop as a result of this experience. In a nutshell, we need to consistently surrender to God in order to triumph against the yearning that our body has for self-ownership. While doing so, we are behaving in a manner that is congruent with both our actual identity and our new name. God is the owner of his people.
We demonstrate that we are worthy of our new name by achieving victory over our previous identity and rejecting it. In practice, this means that we experience a new birth that takes place not in Adam but in Christ. In light of this, we are obligated to “cut our family links with Adam” and begin submitting ourselves to the authority of Jesus Christ.
The Christian Church
As we have seen, people who belong to God have the name of God on their foreheads. These individuals are referred to as “saints” and “holy ones.” However, those individuals who comprise the “church” are referred to as saints.
In fact, the church itself is likewise holy. God is the rightful owner of the church. It is the local church that is Christ’s physical body on earth. It is the “bride” of Christ. And if she is not holy, who is? If God does not own the church, then who or what does God own?
God does not bestow the honour of bearing His name on people or on the church randomly. The matter is taken quite seriously by Him. It would be best if we took it seriously as well.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 — Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If someone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, which is what you are.
Ephesians 2:19-22 — So then you are no longer foreigners and noncitizens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of God’s household, because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Using The Church
Take note that the only issue at hand is ownership of the property. It is not enough to act immorally or in a vulgar manner inside the walls of the temple of God in order to “defile” it. No. To utilise the temple of God for one’s own purposes, whether or not those objectives are religious in nature, is to “defile” the temple of God. It is the fact that I utilise it for “my” ends that makes it impure. Not necessary for the purpose that I have in mind for utilising it.
People, who claim to be called by the name of Jesus, have been using the church, which they say is called by the name of Jesus, for their own goals. If there is one thing that has occurred over the last two thousand years, it is that people have been using the church for their own ends. And a significant portion of the time, these goals have a religious bent. The church, however, becomes defiled and impure as a result of this.
His Holiness In Us
The question now is: how should we be holy? Take care of it as if it were God’s property rather than ours. This indicates that we are required to act in accordance with the standards laid down in the Bible for the church. This is not a viable choice. No of the repercussions, we have no choice but to carry it through. We are not our own.
Holy people are more important than holy buildings like churches. If the people who attend it do not believe in God and do not act in a manner consistent with that belief, the church cannot be considered holy.
But does not every one of us commit sins? Sure. To live as if you are a member of God’s family, however, requires that you seek His will. It indicates that you are gaining knowledge and developing. Even if you trip and fall, it indicates that you are “separated from” other people. First and foremost, it implies that when you sin, you confess your transgressions to God. That is the definition of the term “holy.”
This demonstrates that holiness, although it may guarantee freedom from sin in the next world, will never be possible in this body. On the other hand, what it will really mean is to surrender. It will signify that I no longer put my reliance on the work that I have done, but rather on the work that He has completed.
Seek His Will
To seek the will of God is the definition of holiness. It implies that I have a thirst for understanding the will of God and that I am unwaveringly devoted to not just carrying out the will of God but also becoming the will of God. Being a part of God’s family looks like this in practice. I submit my will and my body to Him, so that His will and His purposes may be accomplished.
If people are able to maintain this level of purity in their daily lives, then we may anticipate that the church will also be able to maintain its holiness. Paul predicted in Ephesians what the outcome will be, and it would be as follows:
Ephesians 4:11-13 — And he himself gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, that is, to build up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God – a mature person, attaining to the measure of Christ’s full stature.
The final outcome of “belonging to God” is that we mature morally and spiritually into the image of Jesus Christ. This is the ultimate goal of “belonging to God.” In that event, His holiness will transfer over to us, and we will attain the same level of sanctity that He does.