The Authority of Jesus’ Name

Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” -Acts 3:6

In this first recorded miracle performed by the disciples in the Book of Acts, we are given a key for use by all believers in exercising faith’s authority. When bringing healing to the lame man, Peter employs the full name and title of our Lord: Jesus Christ of Nazareth. 

“Jesus” was a common name in first-century Jewish culture and continues to be used in many places today But the declaration of His full name and title, a noteworthy practice in Acts, seems a good and practical lesson for us (see Acts 2:22; 4:10). In our confession of faith and as a proclamation of power, speak His deity and lordship as the Christ, the Messiah. Use His precious, personal name as Jesus the Savior. 

Call upon Him as Lord Jesus, or Jesus Christ, or Jesus of Nazareth, there being no legal or ritual demand intended in this point. But just as we pray in Jesus’ name (John 16:24), so we exercise all authority by the privilege of power He has granted us in His name (Matt. 28:18; John 14:13, 14).