I would like to review a portion of my posting to lend continuity to this message. From my last message we know that Jesus is indeed the Word of God, the Bible. The Word is actually a person, and we can see Him in His purest form every time we read the Bible. “In the beginning was the Word, and Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1: 1 & 14) Now that we know Christ is the Word, seeking Him becomes much more certain. By seeking the Word, the Scriptures come alive with revelation upon revelation. One revelation our Lord will reveal in this writing is His name. Our Lord has several names; however, this name will unlock the Scriptures for us like never before.
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. (Rev 19: 11) As we read this passage we discover two additional names, “…He who sat on it is call Faithful and True…” Now we come to a mystery name. “His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and he has a name written on Him which on one knows except Himself. (Rev 19: 12) Wouldn’t we just give anything to know the name that only Christ Himself knows. But wait, “All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that he takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.” (John 16: 15) “For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Cor 2: 16) Now if God is going to disclose all things to us, if we indeed have the mind of Christ, shouldn’t our Father enable us to know the name of Jesus, the name that know one knows except Himself? “He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.” (Rev 19: 13) There it is. Jesus is not only the Word, it is also His name. His name is the, “Word of God.” Because our Father has given us His name, the name no one knows except Himself, Scripture comes alive giving us direction and understanding.
I have recorded twenty four passages in which, “in His Name,” is mentioned. There are many more such passages; however, I quit recording them after twenty four. Three of the twenty four read as follows. “And in His name the Gentiles will hope.” (Matt 12: 21) Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14: 13 & 14) “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” (1 John 5: 13) We know His name is the Word of God, so now when we read the same three Scriptures we understand: in the Word of God the Gentiles will hope, if we ask in the Word of God that will I do, ask me anything in the Word of God, and I will do it, and if we believe in the Word of God we will know that we have eternal life. Every time we read “His Name” in the Scriptures we have assurance that our precious Lord has chosen us to know He is referring to the Word of God, the Bible. Does that mean we must now end our prayers with “in the name of the Word” instead of “in the name of Jesus?” Of course not. It’s not about what we say or not say. It’s about our gaining knowledge from our heavenly Father which gives us a deeper understand of His love for us. As I mentioned above, knowing that Jesus’ name is the, “Word of God,” gives us direction and understanding. For example, “This is the confidence which we have before Him that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” (1 John 5: 14 & 15) Jesus tells us that when we ask anything according to His will, He will hears us. And how do we know His will? Be knowing His name, the Word of God. Direction – we know where to go to find His will. Understanding – we know He’ll give us our request when we ask according to the Word of God, which is His will.
Read these passages, and in so doing think of His name, or in my name, as meaning the Word of God. “I am no longer in the world;and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are.” (John 17: 11) “Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” (Matt 18: 19 & 20) “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. (John 14: 26) Jesus asks the Father to keep us in His Word so we might be one even as He and the Father are one. Jesus says that when two or three are gathered together in His Word, He is in their midst. Think of it, every time we are together in Bible study Christ is with us. Why? Because Jesus is the Bible, the Word of God. The Father will send the Holy Spirit to us in His Son, the Word of God. He will teach us all things and remind us of all that He has said to us. By understanding and living in His Word, we can inherit the kingdom of God while on earth. “Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14: 16 & 17) We don’t inherit the kingdom of God when we die. We inherit the kingdom of God when we have righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. And where do we find the Holy Spirit? We find Him in His Name, the Word of God, the Bible. Read Jesus and and walk daily in His glorious kingdom. “even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all who You have given Him, He may give eternal life. This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. (John 17: 2 & 3) Jesus is the Word. To know the Word is to have eternal life.
Our Lord taught many things with parables. In one parable He talked about the sower who went out to sow. Some seed fell beside the road and the birds ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky ground where it withered away because it had no roots. Other seed fell among thorns and it yielded no crop. Other seed fell into good soil which yielded thirty, sixty, and hundredfold. After telling the parable Jesus’ disciples asked Him to explain the parable, and He said to them, “The sower sows the word. These are the ones who are beside the road where the word is sown, and when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word which has been sown in them. In a similar way these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy; and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away. And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, but the worries of the world, and deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil, and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.” (Mark 4: 14 – 20) Everyone who has ever lived on earth fits into one of the four categories mentioned in the parable. The question we must, must, must, MUST ask ourselves, which category are we in.
A man decides to rebuild his car engine. He takes the engine apart down to the last nut and bolt. After the parts are laying all over his garage, the man realizes he can’t remember how to put the engine back together. He solves the problem by purchasing a manual from the dealership. Bring the manual home, the man intends to rebuild his engine; however, he becomes distracted with other things leaving the engine in pieces on the garage floor. This story is not a parable because there is no hidden meaning. It’s simple. The engine will not get put back together because the man purchased an instruction manual. He has to read the manual then get to work putting the engine back together. The vast majority of Christians are like this man. We have the manual but seldom, if ever, read it. Our only exposure to the Word is on Sunday mornings when a few Scriptures are read before the sermon. Then most leave the service feeling satisfied having confidence in their membership instead of His Lordship. Believe me I am not taking a shot at preachers. “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? (Romans 10: 14) Preachers are saying the same thing I am saying; however, for the most part the members are not listening thereby forfeiting the joy that comes with seeking the Word themselves. “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Fathers’ commandments and abide in His Love. These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.” (John 15: 10 & 11) Preachers are charged by the Father to lead the lost to Christ. Once they are truly with Christ they’ll learn, “… do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is you Father, He who is in heaven. Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is Christ.” (Matt 23: 8 – 10) Sounds like a strange creed for us to worship by doesn’t? Yes it does sound strange which shows us how far we are from the truth.
We can see Jesus right now in His purest form because He is the Word, the Bible, and we can know His will for us by His name which is the “Word of God.” Every time we see it written, “in His name,” we know He is referring to the Word of God, the Scriptures. Now when we read the Scriptures we not only see Him, He can also speak to us in His name. We are receiving very little of what Christ wants for us. Why? Because we are relying on the words of men instead of the Word of God. We will not know real joy until we do what Jesus says when He pleads,“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.” (Matt 11: 28 – 30) The only way to find Jesus, and to know His will, is to READ JESUS. We’ll never know Him if we expect someone else to find Him for us.
Roger D. Casterline
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