MAY KCCC ARTICLE
FAITH IN THE NAME OF JESUS – PART IV
The Greatness of That Name - How to Make Your Name Great
- Being Born into a Great Name
Faith in the Name of Jesus. We’ve been talking on faith in the Name of Jesus. There are names, and there are Names. The Name of Jesus is greater than any of the names. Go with me to Philippians 2:5-11. “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God did not consider it robbery to be equal with God but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant and coming in the likeness of a man. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even death on the cross. Therefore, God has also highly exalted Him, giving Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, of those in heaven and of those on earth and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”
The Bible says that God has highly
exalted Him, and God gave Him a Name that is greater than all other names. So, when you think about any name at all, the Name of Jesus is greater. What we want to do today is, let’s look at how did He get to that place where God seriously just lifted this Man up that much? How did He obtain that excellent Name?
Some men are born great, and they came with a great name. When my mother was pregnant with me, I was in her belly—how many of you know that’s true? I didn’t see anybody standing by our window, trying to guess, “Is it a boy or a girl?” I think you get what I’m saying. But then there are some in society, that as soon as they found out they are pregnant, the Paparazzi are ready—they want to know whether it’s a man or a woman. I’ve been a very nice person; nobody troubled my parents when I was coming. I know that when you were coming, your family’s house was jam-packed with news media. How many of you are like that? Nobody? And people are already excited to know what the name is of this one.
Do you remember when Prince Charles and Princess Diana were expecting? It was as if the Queen herself was pregnant. Everybody was running over, “Oh, what are they going to name him?” What am I saying? Some people came already with a great name because of how they were born and where they were born. Their name is already known.
- Making One’s Name Great by Achievement
But you have others that made their name great by their achievements. Once a child is born into the house of Mr. and Mrs. Phillips in England, you know that child is either a queen-to-be or a king-to-be. Many of you don’t know that the Queen is Mrs. Phillips. That’s the name of the husband. But others, their name became great by their achievement. If I walk past Mr. Gates Sr., I would not have thought of anything other than, “He opens the door.” But there was a boy that was born into the Gates family that turned the entire Gates’ family name into a household name. Bill Gates. Remember that? He made the name of the family great by what he did, not because he was born into a great family.
Now, everybody in Kenya now wants to be Obama. Are you hearing what I’m saying? If you are from Kenya and that part of the world, even if you are not related to Obama you will say, “My uncle’s friend who is closer to the brother of the friend of my mom’s aunt is related to Obama.” Because what? Mr. Obama Sr., schooled in the United States, had his master’s degree in economics, but he was a drunk. He loved his beer. Are you hearing me? He impregnated and married one young white girl in Hawaii. They were so poor, and the brother had to go back to Kenya. When he got to Kenya he married another woman. There’s nothing great in that family. Are you hearing what I’m saying? The family is divided into equal halves: half is Muslim, and half are Christian. But the young boy, the only one that his mama had from his father because the mother now remarried, became the President of the United States.
And now one guy is in China, his name is Obama, from Kenya. He’s talking to the press because his great cousin…if he was in jail nobody would want to say, “I’m related to him.”
Are you hearing what I’m saying? In other words, you can be born into a great family with a great name or you can actually make the name of your family great by what you achieve.
- One’s Name Becoming Great by Conference
The other one: you name can be great because they confer something on you. The Queen can make some people MBE: Member of the British Empire. A national award. Especially if you are from a West-African country, I won’t mention the name, they love titles. OFR. GFCR. You wonder what the meaning is of the name. VIP. Verger born in Power. They love titles, and your name can become great by conferment.
The Greatness of Jesus’ Name
- Jesus’ Name Includes all Three
It’s not very often that you find somebody that crosses two.
But Jesus crosses the three. His Name was great, number one, by inheritance. His Name was great by conferment. It was conferred—a Name was given to Him that was greater. Number three, His Name was great by conquest, by what He achieved. And those are the three areas we want to look at today.
So, in whatever area you want to use the Name of Jesus, it works! His Name is effective in three worlds, the Bible tells us. His Name is effective and powerful in the heavens, His Name is powerful and effective on earth, and His Name is effective and powerful in hell. So, in three worlds. Now, every other one I’ve told you about, their name is only effective and powerful in a sphere, in a part of the earth. Bill Gates: in the computer realm. The Queen: in the Commonwealth. And even in the Commonwealth now they are dumbing it down so fast, that only Canada, the Islands, Australia, New Zealand, and then you know the Caribbean, those are the ones where they can say, “The Queen is coming, everybody." If you go to some other Commonwealth country and say, “Queen is coming,” and they say, “Which one? Queen who? Queen Latifa?”
So, let’s look at how Jesus obtained an excellent Name. How did you get your own name? I know how you got your name. Many of us, including me, got our name conferred on us, bestowed on us by our parents. Is that not true? They were the ones who gave you your name. How many of you renamed yourself afterwards, and that’s what you are bearing right now? The only person who named himself, and that’s the name we are calling him is Bishop Julius. You know Bishop Julius Abiola? Julius was not his name that his parents gave him—he gave himself ‘Julius’. His name was an exotic name so he had to rename himself ‘Julius’. So, I put ‘Caesar’ at the back of it, and he doesn’t like me to call him ‘Julius Caesar’.
But other than that, everybody goes about with their own name. Another person that named himself is Yonggi Cho. I think Yonggi Cho started with Paul Yonggi Cho, then he ended up with David Paul Yonggi Cho, because he read about David and he loved David. But I don’t have any problem with the name David; I love the name David. But I love Adekunle better. Because that’s what my parents thought would suit me.
My point is this: many of us are bearing our name because our parents named us. There was a lady when we were in college, her name was Billykissu. That’s a true story. She changed it to Billy, but I knew her because we came from the same street—we grew up in the same street. So, I never called her ‘Billy’ I called her ‘Kissu’. And she would be so mad at me; she would throw water at me in a cup, and I would say, “Hey, Kiss.”
She would say, “You’ve started again.”
She didn’t like the name. How many of you would have preferred another name than the name you are bearing right now? You won’t let anybody know so that they won’t tease you.
- Jesus’ Name Great by Inheritance
Jesus’ Name was conferred to Him as well, but I want us to start with inheritance. How did He get an excellent Name by inheritance? Hebrews 1:1-6. This is very important, because this is what gives you the power to use that Name. “God, at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. Who, being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than angels as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.”
By inheritance He obtained a more excellent Name than they. “For to which of the angels did He ever say, ‘You are my Son, today I have begotten You.’ And again, ‘I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son.’ But He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says, ‘Let all the angels of God worship Him.’”
Notice verse 4. “He became so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance, obtained a more excellent name.” He inherited a greater Name than any angelic being. He inherited it. We know that Jesus is the Son of God, and Jesus is the heir of all things, but when did He inherit the most excellent Name? How did He inherit anything in heaven and on earth? Let me say this to you: this is not what the Bible is saying. The Bible is not saying that He inherited that name in heaven before He came to the earth. No. When He came to this earth, He already had everything. He didn’t come with a big name, the Bible even says, “He laid aside all His honor and all His glory.” He laid them aside. So, it cannot be that He came from heaven, because He was the Son of God, that’s why He obtained the most excellent Name, you know, like Prince Charles. How do you become Prince Charles? Can any of you be Prince Charles? Yes, you can be Charles, and in fact you can be Prince Charles, but not with the same weight.
So, He didn’t come to the earth with all this regalia and paraphernalia of a great name. No. He was born in the manger. He laid aside all His honor and glory. When then did He inherit His Name? Let’s find out. Hebrews chapter 1 that we are reading verses 4 and 5 tells us, “Having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance, obtained a more excellent Name than they,” and watch this now: “For to which of the angels did He ever say, 'You are My Son, today I have begotten You.’”
Today. So, if we want to know when He obtained a more excellent Name, we need to find out when is that ‘today’ that He was begotten? Are you following me? We realize that He didn’t inherit that Name from heaven. It’s not because He was the Son of God and He was born, and so He has to have a big name. No. No. The Bible says that God said, “You are My Son, today I have begotten You.” And that is the key—that is the key—to finding out when He obtained that Name.
When? Most people think He was begotten when He came into the world as a babe. “Oh yeah, angels were singing. That’s when He was begotten.” No, no. The Son of God was not born when He took the flesh. The Son of God has been before He came, remember that. John told us that in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Bible says in verse 14, “The Word became flesh.” So ‘the Word became flesh’ means that He took the form of a human being, so it was not then that He was begotten. If we look at it like that then it means that He was not equal with God before He came. But if He has always been equal with God, then we need to find out when was He then begotten? If it was not from heaven, then there must be a time that He was begotten.
Now, look at Hebrews 10:5. He said, “Therefore when He came into the world, He said, ‘Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You have prepared for Me.’” This was Jesus talking to the Father. “You have prepared”—what? “A body for Me.” Because He and God were one and the same. We have God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Spirit—they are not three Gods, they are one God. That is the mystery of the Trinity.
He said, “But when I was coming, You did not desire sacrifice and offering, but what You did desire—You prepared for me a body.” Then that means it was not the day He was begotten. To be begotten means to be born once again. Ah, I hope you will get this one.
Now, what was ‘today’? Another translation said, ‘this day I have begotten You’. Who has the translation, ‘this day’? This day. What was that? Look at Acts 13:33. He obtained that name by inheritance, and we realize that the day that He obtained that name is, the Bible says, ‘today I have begotten You.’ Acts 13:33 says, “And God, God has fulfilled this for us—their children—in that He has raised up Jesus as it is also written in the second Psalm, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You.’” You are My Son, today I have begotten You.
Now, do you know the day He was begotten? He was begotten the day He was raised from the dead. Today: the day He was raised from the dead, that was the day He was begotten. On that Resurrection Morning, that is the day He was begotten.
- Spiritual Death
You know, He tasted death for all of us. He tasted death for every one of us. He died on the cross, He took our place, and He tasted not just physical death, He tasted—what? Spiritual death.
Do you remember when he cried out on the cross, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” in Matthew 27:46? And then the Bible says that He died. Now, when He said, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” do you know what was going on at that point? He died spiritually. Spiritually. He was separated from God. One who was always one with God all of a sudden found Himself separated from God. When we talk about death in the Bible—in the Bible there are many deaths; there are many different types of death, but let’s look at three that are very prominent.
There is what is called ‘physical death’. That’s when somebody died and is dead. But then if physical death is the end of man, why do we then turn around and say, “May his soul rest in peace.” Are you hearing me? So, if physical death is the end of man, then why are we saying, “May his soul rest in peace”? We are saying that because we know that physical death is not the end of man.
In the year 2000, I preached a sermon “You Shall Never Die”, and that is the truth. And if you don’t listen to that sermon, if you just see the caption, you will say, “Oh, heretic. He said you can never die.” But the truth is you can never die. Spirits don’t die. You will shed this body, but you will live on, either in His presence—and I’ll tell you another death—or in the lake of fire. The death in the lake of fire is called ‘Eternal Death’. Or the Bible calls it ‘the second death’. It’s eternal death.
So, you have physical death, you have eternal death, which is the opposite of eternal life, and then you have the spiritual death. Say what? Really? Yes. If anyone enters into spiritual death and didn’t come back he will end up in the third death which is eternal death. When you were born, you and I were born physically, but we had not yet been born spiritually. So, long as we carry the DNA of a fallen man...When we were born we were born physically but not spiritually.
That’s why when one brother came to me and he told me that he was born homosexual, I said, “Fantastic. That is not a big problem. I was born a sinner too. I just got born again. If the doctor told you that you were born homo, just get born again. That’s all. That will stop it.” Are you hearing what I’m saying? Because every one of us was born in sin. Are you hearing me?
- Spiritual Life
So, there is a physical death and a physical birth. There is spiritual death and spiritual life. Now watch this: when you and I were physically born, God expected us to be born again in the Spirit. That why when Brother Nic came to Jesus he said, “What shall I do?”
And Jesus said to him, “You must be born again.”
And then Nicodemus looked at Jesus and said, “As big as I am? Do you want me to go into my mother’s womb? I can’t even fit!”
And Jesus said, “No, no, no, no. I’m not talking about that. That which is born of the flesh is the flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit,” He didn’t say ‘is spiritual’. He said, “Is spirit. Then why did it surprise you that I said, ‘You must be born again’?”
In other words, your spirit must be born again. How does our spirit get born again? When it receives the life of God. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish”—or should not perish— “but will have eternal life.” The life of God. Eternal life is the opposite of eternal death, and you can only get eternal life when your spirit life is born.
So, Jesus Christ said, “You must be born again.”
Now watch this: how did Jesus obtain His name by inheritance? Scripture tells us He died spiritually. He underwent spiritual death. Now when was that? When He was separated from God. God said to Adam, “Don’t touch that tree. If you eat from that tree, you will die.” Are you with me? Genesis 2:17. “Don’t eat that. Don’t eat that. If you eat that, you will die.”
What did Brother Adam do? Both he and his wife went full speed ahead and ate it, and they still kept living, and yet they were dead. They kept living and yet they were dead, because physically they were still alive, but spiritually they were separated from God, and they could no longer see God. So, in Genesis chapter 3 when they ate the fruit and God showed up, they ran away. They said, "We heard Your voice, and we ran away, because we were afraid."
Spiritual death means separation from God. Do you hear me? When someone has died spiritually it means they have been separated from God. That's why when Paul was writing in Ephesians 2:1 he said, "You were dead, and now He made you alive." He said, "You were dead in your trespasses and sins, and how you have been made alive." In other words, you now carry Zoe
, the life of God in you.