Bearing Christ’s NameBro. Tony Chancellor
9/13/2009 6:00 PM
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
We have a good name because of those that went ahead of us. When you’re part of God’s people, you bear Christ’s name. The rich young ruler chose riches over a good name.
There was a man of the Pharisees, name Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
"The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him." No man can do these wonders without God. When you’re born, you’re given a name. As a saved person, you’re given a new name. Take care of it.
While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
If you’ve been saved, you’re part of Christ’s family. If you claim to be part of that family, your actions reflect on your family and on Christ. Your actions reflect on the church, too. They reflect on what you say Christ is about.
"After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name." (Matt. 6:9) Hallowed – sanctified, set aside from earthly, common or profane use. Saints – holy ones. If you claim to be a saint, but aren’t living holy, you’re reflecting poorly on his name.
Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die; but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ: if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
We’re God’s people because of adoption. We once had nothing and now we’re heirs. We have a Father to go to. God is now our Father and wants to take care of us. If the body suffers, we suffer together. If the body rejoices, we rejoice together. We reflect on Christ, so we reflect well.
Matthew 5:16; 6:8
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
Jesus says, "Your Father…" Your actions do reflect on God. If you do well in his name, others will glorify God. If you don’t, they won’t. They’ll curse him. Consider how your life is going. People should be able to see by your life that you’re a Christian. It’s a lot deeper than religious apparel. Pray for those that claim it but don’t live it. They’re damaging the name.
Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
"And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which is from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ." This supports that Christ was the Mighty God, one and the same.
We are that family. We’ve been named after Christ and his Father. It should fill us with boldness and faith in him. What a responsibility to carry that name! We have the responsibility to uphold the name of Christ.
His name is unchanging . We need to uphold his name.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
These claimed to do things in Christ’s name, but they sowed iniquity. Be worthy of the name you carry. They’ll get to the end and be disappointed, because they’re deceived. They’re leading people wrong and will be responsible for it. They aren’t teaching people to reverence the name.
2 Timothy 2:19
Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
If you’ve taken on Christ’s name, you have better have departed from iniquity. God knows who belongs to him. If you haven’t then you’re just sowing more. "And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity." You can’t be a sinning Christian. They don’t go together. If you’re not a Christian, you’re a sinner.
God cares about names. When you talk about Jesus, it matters. He’s our everything. As we follow him, we need to reverence his name.
And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias: and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth. And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight. Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel. For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.
Saul’s name had quite the reputation. He was well-known for the evil he had done. You’re a chosen vessel of God to bear his name. Do so in a way that brings honor to him. If you claim to be a Christian, you’re bearing his name. How you live reflects on his name. Be careful of how you carry his name.