Summary: When Peter stood and proclaimed this message on the day of Pentecost he didn’t have all of the revelation of the New Covenant that was to be revealed as time progressed. He stood up with the knowledge that Jesus was Lord and Christ. Glory!
Acts 2:36 "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.’’
What an awesome Scripture! Assuredly means it’s a sure thing, it’s a done deal. It doesn’t get any surer than that.
When Peter stood and proclaimed this message on the day of Pentecost he didn’t have all of the revelation of the New Covenant that was to be revealed as time progressed. He stood up with the knowledge that Jesus was Lord and Christ. Glory!
He shook up Jerusalem with this message. He was given a name to proclaim, the name of Jesus.
Christ means the messiah, the anointed one. The nation of Israel knew exactly what Peter was saying. He was declaring boldly that Jesus was the anointed one whom the Scriptures declared. He was the One they had been looking for, yet the religious leaders rejected and crucified Him.
Peter had this revelation and understood the power that was being backed by the name of Jesus. This name has been given to us as well. Peter quoting the prophet Joel declared in…
Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
This is the Name that gives us access to the throne of God. Jesus has gone to the Father and because of this we have the privilege of praying and asking in His name.
Jesus said this as recorded in Johns Gospel.
John 16:16 "A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father.’’
John 14:14 "If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
You notice He didn’t say I would consider it. He said I would do it. I know this could be taken out of context. You can not ask outside of God’s will for something with any confidence and expect it to come to pass. There are scriptural boundaries for this.
1 John 5:14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us.
He hears us when we ask according to His will.
John 16:23 "And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. 24. "Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
He is saying we can ask, and that we should ask in His name. He wants us to be joyful. He loves us more than we can fathom.
The Apostle Paul had deep revelation of the power and authority that was given in and through the name of Jesus.
Philippians 2:9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10. 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, 11. and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
This is the name we must declare. This is the name that breaks strong holds, and destroys yokes when yielded by a faith filled believer.
Acts 16:16. Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling.
17. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, "These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.’’ 18. And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.’’ And he came out that very hour.
The 7 sons of Sceva found out that using the name of Jesus without proper authority will get you in deep trouble.
Acts 19:13. Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, "We adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.’’ 14. Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. 15. And the evil spirit answered and said, "Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?’’ 16. Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
17. This became known both to all Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.