In fact, Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” This is how the apostles lived. For example, in Acts 3:16 Peter says, “And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong.” Christ’s name brought healing. The phrase “through faith in his name” is an explanatory phrase. What was the means of Christ’s name bringing healing? It was faith in His name.
A brief study of Christ’s name shows that everything – absolutely everything flows through Christ’s name. In Acts 3:6 Peter says, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” Praying in His name doesn’t simply mean tacking a little phrase at the end of your prayer.
What does it mean to do everything in Jesus name?
To do something in someone’s name means to do something by someone’s authority or with their authorization. So when police arrest someone in the name of the law, it is with the authorization of the law. Or when someone comes in the name of the king, he is representing the king and has been authorized by the king to come. The enemies of Christ captured Peter and John and as they were about to interrogate them, they ask, “By what power or by what name have you done this?” Acts4:7.
We need faith to live in the Name of Jesus Christ
Without Jesus name we can do nothing. To come in His name is to come in His power, His authorization and in His authority. And it takes faith to do that. What is encouraging is that God provides even the faith to be able to come in His name. For example, in Acts 4 Peter said that Jesus not only provided the healing and the forgiveness, but (amazingly) He provided even the faith and repentance. Acts 3:16 says, “And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.” He speaks of the “faith which comes through Him [through Jesus].”
We need the daily empowering of the Holy Spirit
We need the Holy Spirit in order to do everything in Christ’s name. Our pride keeps us independent and makes God resist us (James 4:6; 1Pet. 5:5). Only the Spirit can break down the resistance of our will and bring us to the place where we do everything for the glory of God (1Cor. 10:31) in the name of Jesus Christ (Col. 3:17). We need the Holy Spirit because the Father has commanded us to “walk in the Spirit” (Gal. 5:16) in everything we do. He has called us to “sing in the Spirit” (1Cor.14:15), to “worship...in the Spirit” (Phil. 3:3) and to “rejoice in the Holy Spirit” (1Thes. 1:6; Rom. 14:17). We must “pray in the Spirit” (Jude 20; Eph. 6:18) since we do not know what we ought to pray for (Rom. 8:26). We are also called to “love in the Spirit” (Col. 1:18), be “led by the Spirit” (Matt. 4:1; Rom. 8:14; Gal. 5:18), be “moved by the Spirit” (Luke 2:27), be “compelled by the Spirit” (Acts 20:22 NIV) and to have our “mind controlled by the Spirit” (Rom. 8:6). Every part of our existence should be controlled by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:6, 9) so that we might “live in the Spirit” (Gal. 5:25; Rom. 8:13). We need to be taught by the Holy Spirit (1Cor. 2:13), to speak by the Spirit since “no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit” (1Cor. 12:3). It is the Spirit who washes us and sanctifies us (1Cor. 6:11). In sum, it is the Spirit who gives us the faith (2Cor. 4:13) needed to be able to write the check of faith, to seek those things which are above (Col. 3:2) and to do so in a way that influences everything we do on earth (Col. 3:5-4:6).
We are totally dependent upon God’s grace
No wonder Paul stands in amazement at God’s grace and says, “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to Him be the glory forever! Amen” (Rom. 11:36). This doctrine is a humbling doctrine because it leaves nothing in which we can boast. It makes us realize the truth of Christ’s statement, “without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Pride and self-sufficiency must be crucified if we are to receive anything of spiritual power. Prayerlessness is pride because it is a denial that everything must come through Christ’s name.
We can have great power and confidence
As our insufficiency is left out of the equation, we say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13). If our identity is in Christ, then we have His resources, His authority and His power. When we pray, we should pray with a heightened sense of authority because we are already sitting on the heavenly throne with Christ (Eph. 2:6) and by faith we can wield His rod of iron against the nations (Rev. 2:26-27). When we come in His name, we have His “power and authority over all demons” (Luke 9:1). When we have needs for kingdom service, we can come boldly to the throne of grace because all things are ours (1Cor. 3:21-22). The entire universe is at our disposal when we are doing God’s will. This does not give us room for boasting. Instead, Paul says, “Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours: whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come – all are yours. And you are Christ’s and Christ is God’s.” 1Cor.3:21-23. Consciously doing everything in Christ’s name gives us a faith to achieve the impossible. Christ’s promise is that “if you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7). When we consciously live in Christ’s name, we have a power and a confidence to step out into the realm of the supernatural because “God the Father… has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Eph.
As Charles Spurgeon worded it, “God the Holy Ghost writes our prayers, God the Son presents our prayers, and God the Father accepts our prayers. And with the whole Trinity to help us in it, what cannot prayer perform?” Our problem is that we trust ourselves too much, and we do not trust God’s provision enough.
We must be seeking God’s will, not ours
All of this assumes that we are serving God’s glory and the advancement of Christ’s kingdom (Matt. 6:33). We started this tract by saying that praying in His name means coming with His authority and authorization. To do everything in Christ’s name (Col. 3:17) means that everything we do must be authorized by His Word. Whatever we do should be to the glory of God (1Cor. 10:31). If not, it cannot be justified by the Word of God (Is. 8:20) and therefore cannot be done in faith (Rom. 14:23). James tells us, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures” (James 4:3). 1Corinthians 10:31 says, “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
The only way to do everything in Christ’s name is to abandon our own will and our own agendas. The only things we can claim in prayer are those things already purchased for us (Eph. 1:3). The only prayers God promises to answer are those prayers that are “according to His will” (1John 5:14). But far from being a limitation to our faith, this grounding of our prayers in Scripture is the only thing that will enable us to have a faith to “expect great things from God and to attempt great things for Him.” When we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, then (and only then) will all these things be added to us (Matt. 6:33). Jesus insisted, “Whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple,” (Luke 14:27) and “whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matt. 16:25). Ironically only those who are meek before the Lord will inherit the earth (Matt. 5:5); only those who put themselves last will be put first (Mark 10:31); and only those who have given everything to God will find God giving the same things back hundredfold (Mark 10:29-30). When our lives are held captive to Christ’s Word, we find new liberty, power, resources, joy and success. Doing everything in Christ’s name/authority (rather than our name/authority) is the only way to find that life more abundant (John 10:10).
We must ground our prayers in Scripture
We need to learn how to ground all our prayers and all our actions in the Bible. Praying according to God’s will (1John 5:14) simply means praying Scriptural prayers. It involves claiming God’s promises, pleading God’s attributes, aligning our prayers with God’s commandments and filling our adorations, confessions, thanksgivings and supplications with the text of the Bible. What a way to increase the faith of prayer warriors! Unfortunately too many people lack faith because they seek to found their prayers on God’s secret will (guessing what His decrees might be). However, nowhere are we commanded to discern God’s secret will and to somehow make that secret will be the basis for our prayer life. Indeed, quite the opposite.
Deuteronomy 29:29 says, “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” Guessing what God’s secret decrees might be would not give us confidence in praying, yet it is precisely confidence that God wants us to have when we are called to pray according to His will. John 5:14 says, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”
If one examines the prayers of Nehemiah, Daniel, Moses and other saints, one will discover that these prayer warriors were confident in prayer because they filled their prayers with the
promises of a God who cannot lie, they anchored their prayers in the character of a God who is faithful, and they aligned their desires with God’s revealed desires. You need to know that you can do nothing without Christ (John 15:5) because you are convinced that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Phil. 4:13).
“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Col. 3:17
Source: Adopted from “Phillip G. Kayser (2009). In Christ’s Name: Living in the Power of His Name”
6. Exercising the Power of Holy Spirit
- The Person of Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is God. There are many scriptures in the bible that vividly indicate that the Holy Spirit is God. Right from the creation in Genesis 1:2 the bible tells us the Holy Spirit as the God behind creation: “… And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” The name of Holy Spirit is written in capital S. This introduces the person of Holy Spirit from the creation. We also see the person of the Holy Spirit in trinity in Genesis 11:7 when God decided to scatter the sons of men at Babel “Come, let US [God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit] go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. ”We also see many other instances in the bible that indicate that the Holy Spirit is God. If we assess the New Testament, for instance, in Mathew 28:19, Acts 16:6-7, Ephesians 4:30 speaks about the Person of the Holy Spirit. In the Great Commission of Jesus for his disciples in Mathew 28:19 the Holy Spirit is mentioned: “Go and therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
Therefore, the Holy Spirit is:
- God, (Genesis 1:2, 11:7 and Mathew 28:18).
- God behind creation: “The Spirit of God created me and the breath of the Almighty gives me life”,(Job 33:4).
- God in us, God with us and God upon us, (John 14:17, Acts 1:8).
- The Spirit of Truth, (John 14:17).
- The Comforter, Counselor, Advocate, Helper, Intercessor, Standby, (John 16:6-7 and Romans 8:26).
- The Teacher and Guide, (John 14:26, and Acts 16:6-7).
- The Chief Executives of the divine programme, (Zachariah 4:6).
- Manifestations of the Holy Spirit in a Born Again Christian
The bible tells us two important experience of Holy Spirit in a born again Christian. The first is as a well of water springing (fountain of waters) and the second is rivers of living water. In the first instance the massage is whoever accepts Jesus Christ as his personal savior will have Holy Spirit in him and Holy Spirit with him (John 14:17). This is reflected in John 4:10-14 “…Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirsty. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water [a well of water springing] up into everlasting life.””. This is further explained in Romans 8:16, unlike any other religions a born again Christian do have confirmation from the Holy Spirit that he is saved, and is a child of God as well as entered into the kingdom of God: “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God”.
The second manifestation of the Holy Spirit in a born again Christian is the Holy Spirit as rivers of living water or the power from above. This is reflected in John 7:37-39 “…Jesus stood and cried out, saying “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. But this He Spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”” Here the massage is that the Holy Spirit will manifest not as a well in the born again Christian life rather as a river, which is more powerful than well or fountain. Yet it requires the Christian to be longing for the Holy Spirit, thirsty. This phenomena is further illustrated in Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be my witness…”. Here power is translated as virtue, which means the coming of Holy Spirit is not only to empower your life but also change your character to a higher dimension of life and godliness (2 peter 1: 2-9). You will see this in the life of Apostle Peter before and after he was baptized with the Holy Spirit. Before Peter betrayed Jesus after the Holy Spirit came upon him, he was changed into bold and bond servant, and apostle of Jesus Christ as well as elder of the church. Your life will dramatically change after the Holy Spirit come upon you!
- Baptism of the Holy Spirit-Is not a onetime phenomena
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is conditioned on the ground that you need to accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior! Immediately after that a born again Christian is entitled to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit either before water baptism (Acts 10:44-46) or after water baptism (Acts 2:38). The evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is speaking in new tongues (Mark 16:17, and Acts 2:1-4). Nonetheless, it is important to know that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is not a onetime phenomenon. It can happen often as clearly demonstrated in the book of acts. The apostles baptized several times, for instance, see Acts 2:1-4, Acts 4:8, Acts 4:31.
Accordingly, to be baptized with the Holy Spirit:
- Be born again, make Jesus as your personal savior (Mark 16:17, Acts 2:37-39).
- Be thirsty for the Holy Spirit, express your reverence and love for Him (John 7: 37).
- As you believe in Jesus Christ for your salivation, believe also in person and works of the Holy Spirit. Indeed the Holy Spirit is real!(Acts 2:38-39).
- Recognize that Jesus is the baptizer. Mathew 3: 11 “He [Jesus] will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire”
- Ask Jesus to baptize you. Luke 11:13 “…your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”. See also Mathew 7:7
- Open your mouth by faith and speak as the Spirit enables you. It is you that speaks in tongues and not the Holy Spirit for you. Acts 2:4 “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance”
- Benefits of Baptism of the Holy Spirit
The baptism of the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues has incredible benefits for a Christian for the following reasons:
- For victorious and fulfilling Christian life. John 16: 13-14 “He [the Holy Spirit] guide you into all truth…and will tell you what is yet to come”
- For effective and perfect prayers. Romans 8:26 “... the Spirit helps our weakness…the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express”
- Builds up your faith. Jude 1: 20 “But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit”
- For effective communication with the Father as well as to edifies yourself. 1 Corinthians 14:2, 4. “For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God…he speaks mysteries.” “He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself.”
- To be bold and effective witness of Jesus Christ. Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power [virtue] when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
- To exercise great power and much grace. Acts 4: 31-33 “after they prayed…they were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly ...with great power the apostles continued to testify … and much grace was up on them”
- Our guarantee for the day of redemption. Ephesians 4: 30, “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption”
The Holy Spirit, I adore you, I receive you, and I follow you in Jesus precious name!