by Frank Viola author
In the Scriptures, the name of a person represents the person themselves. Thus, when the early Christians did something “in Jesus’ name,” they were doing it in the presence and the authority of Jesus.
Therefore, doing or saying something in Jesus’ name is like exercising a God-mandated power-of–attorney.
Jesus’ person is united to His name. For this reason, the New Testament uses believing in Jesus and believing in His name synonymously (John 1:12; 2:23; 3:18; 1 John 5:13).
Before Jesus rose again and ascended, He told His disciples that they hadn’t asked anything in His name (John 16:24). But He told them that after His ascension, whatsoever they asked in His name (or His person) would be granted them by the Father (John 16:23; 14:13–15).
The disciples cast out demons and healed the sick in Jesus’ name (Mark 16:17–18; Acts 3:1–6, 16; 16:18; James 5:14).
Salvation is found in no other name given under heaven (Acts 4:12). The name of Jesus stands above every other name, and at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow in all three realms—heaven, hell, and earth (Phil. 2:9–11).