Living in the Authority of Jesus’ Name
The name of Jesus is above every name (Philippians 2:9–11). It has the power over any other name.
When Jesus said to His disciples, “ask for anything in my name” (John 14:13–14), He used a Greek expression that can also mean, “make a claim based on my name.” He gave the disciples and He gives us the authority, the right, to claim His Name (John 16:24). He gives us permission to use His name to so that everything that comes against us can be defeated with the power of His name. We can win every spiritual battle we face when we use the authority of Jesus’ Name.
We can take a lesson from the apostles, specifically Peter and John. The first time we see the disciples “claim” or “use” Jesus name is in Acts 3. Here, Peter and John are at the temple for prayer. When they approach the gate, a crippled man sees them and begins pleading for financial help. Peter boldly and without hesitation, takes a bold stance and makes an authoritative statement. He exercises the power and authority given to him, by Jesus. He employs the authority Jesus name and commands the crippled man to rise and walk.
In Acts 3:7 we see a picture of Peter’s faith in his Christ-given authority. Scripture says, “he took him by the right hand.” Peter lifts the man up, knowing that the power and authority of Jesus name would instantly heal the man. Acts 3:8 tells us the man, “leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them.” He was so excited he jumped up. Peter clearly shows us how we can live in and claim the authority of Jesus name. Do you see a spiritual battle? Do you see someone crippled by depression, hurt or some other challenge? Call upon the authority you have in Jesus name and win the spiritual battle.
We can read through the pages of the New Testament and see how the disciples and Paul called upon the authority of Jesus’ name.
- When the Sanhedrin asks the disciples “By what power or by what name did you do this?” (Acts 4:7), they are asking, “By whose authority did you do this?” Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, boldly proclaims, “by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth” (Acts 4:10).
- When Paul rebukes an unclean spirit “in the name of Jesus Christ” (Acts 16:18), he makes it clear that he is doing so on Jesus’ authority, not his own.
- When Paul pronounces judgment “in the name of the Lord Jesus” (1 Corinthians 5:4) on a church member who is guilty of immorality, he is acting with the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. All of these actions were made in the authority of Jesus Name.
Theologian and missionary C. Peter Wagner wrote, “Jesus brought the Kingdom of God to earth to displace the long-standing kingdom of satan. He ministered through a human nature like ours under the authority of God the Father. When He left, He transferred that authority to His disciples, and through His disciples, to us. Jesus said,”. . .All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations. . .” (Matthew 28:18–19). Satan has from day one regarded that statement—the Great Commission—as a declaration of war.”
We have been given all authority and power to claim the name of Jesus. We can win spiritual battles under that authority and with the power of Jesus’ name. To be in the flow of the Holy Spirit, we need to call upon Jesus’ name and live in the authority and power we have available to us.
 C. Peter Wagner, Spiritual Warfare Strategy: Confronting Spiritual Powers, (Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image Publishers, 1996), eBook edition