Is there power in the name of Jesus (what does it mean)?

When Christians pray, they bind, condemn, and declare words using the name of Jesus. Various scriptures also show how believers and prophets would use this name many times. So Christians still new to the Word tend to ask, is there power in the name of Jesus?

There is power in the name of Jesus of Nazareth only for Christians who believe and have faith in his name. The name Jesus is not magical, nor is there anything special about the arrangement of the letters in his name. The Bible implies that this was a common name in the 1st century Judea, given to Jewish males. So there is power in the name of Jesus only when Christians have faith and believe in the Person of Jesus.

Is there biblical evidence about the name of Jesus being powerful? How can Christians also acquire this power? And how should they use it? Let’s find out what the Bible has to say regarding these answers.

What does it mean that there is power in the name of Jesus?

The Bible implies that Jesus’ name is the most powerful and which is above every other. So many try to find out why is his name so powerful. According to religious scholars, he saved all of humanity, which is why his name has power. This is why Philippians 2:8-11 suggests And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore, God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Hebrews 11:6 implies that it is only by faith that his name has power. This is why Christians are encouraged to pray in the name of Jesus and with his authority, and he will do it (John 14:14).

Where in the Bible does it say that there is power in the name of Jesus?

According to John 16:23-24, Christians are encouraged to have faith and ask anything in the name of Jesus, and it will be done for them. This is why in 1 John 5:13-14, the scripture implies that all people who believe in his name will have eternal life. There is also the encouragement to believe in his name and have confidence in him, as he will hear everything.

Acts 4:29-30 shows how, by faith, his disciples performed miracles. The verse also insinuates that if Christians believe in his name, they will have the same power of the Holy Spirit, to perform signs and wonders. Those that try to perform miracles using his name without having faith, as was implied in Acts 19:13-16, will be badly wounded and defeated by other evil powers.

Psalms 115:1 also reminds us to give God all the glory because, by his name, everything works for the good of those that serve him. Colossians 3:17 also reminds all believers to do everything in Jesus’ name if they want that it works. All these scriptures imply that only when one has faith in his name will it be powerful.

What is the Power in the Name of Jesus?

Is there power in the name of Jesus?
Power in the Name of Jesus. Source: Freepik

The power in the name of Jesus comes from the Person of Christ, whose name is Jesus. There is nothing special or magical about the name. However, because Jesus was, according to the Bible, God in the flesh who lived perfectly on earth, and then died to save everyone from sin and eventually rose again, his name holds power. The force behind the name is Jesus Christ, and this is why it holds power.

How do we get power in the name of Jesus?

The Bible implies that if anyone believes and prays using the name of the Lord, then anything he asks for will be given unto them. The only way to acquire power in the name of Jesus is to believe in him, have faith, and see it happen. Believers understand that God watches over them. According to the Bible, he is omnipresent, and he sees all. For this reason, if he sees you and finds you to be genuine, then he will grant you the power in the name of Jesus.

Does the name of Jesus have magical powers?

No. People expect that, just like magicians who mention a word and things disappear or pop out from nowhere, then the same would happen at the mention of Jesus’ name. However, this is a misguided notion. No special or magical power comes from mentioning his name. This is why in Acts 19:13-16, some Jews who would try to drive out evil spirits using ‘the name of Jesus whom Paul preaches’ were defeated.

There is always much more to a name than its letters and pronunciation. In the Bible, a name normally implies the character of the person who held it. This is why Jesus’ name was associated with a man who came to save the lost sheep (Matthew 1:21). So there is no power in the name of Jesus, but in the person who holds it– Jesus Christ. To save, heal, protect, redeem, and all other powers of God do not come because of his name but because of the Person of Christ, who happens to be Jesus.

So, it is not magic but faith. Hebrews 11:6 implies, And without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. The miracles performed in the Bible were only made possible because of someone’s faith.

How do we get the power from Jesus’ name?

There is no secret way of acquiring power from Jesus’ name. There is no book or school or a secret way that you can get this power. The Bible suggests that all this is possible through having faith in God (Luke 18:27). The power is granted to that genuine believer who asks for it and does as is expected of him. This is why the twelve disciples were given authority by Jesus to heal diseases and drive out impurity (Matthew 10:1) . So, believers should genuinely ask for the power from Jesus’ name.

How can we use the power in Jesus’ name?

The book of Judges 16 talks of a man named Samson, who God chose, by granting him the extreme physical strength to liberate the people of God. However, we see that he often misused his power, showing off and forgetting what the purpose God had given him was. So when he met Delilah and revealed his secret to her in Judges 16:17-21, he failed and was defeated.

What does this story teach Christians? That the Bible implies we should use the power in Jesus’ name that has been granted to us for the purpose he has given us. All we are expected to do as Christians is to glorify God with our actions and deeds. So if we do not do so and instead focus on pleasing and feeding the flesh, the power will be taken away from us.


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