Mull this over with me for a few minutes:
I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world; - John 17:6
A few weeks back we saw from John 16 that the Holy Spirit gives us everything there is to get via disclosure or revelation. [read about that here]
Here in John 17:6 we find that Jesus’ method of discipleship was to walk through life with these boys and manifest – demonstrate – the name of the Father to them. Jesus demonstrated what it looked like to be “in the name.”
The Father’s name – revealed in all those “Jehovah …” statements and Jesus’ name – revealed in all His “I AM” statements paint for us a picture of the character and nature of God. [I AM healer … provider … righteousness … banner … door… way … truth… life … resurrection … vine … door – you get the idea]
But it does not end with seeing the character and nature of God in Christ.
I am no longer in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are. "While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled. - John 17:6, 11-12 NASB
We are “kept” IN the name.
Jesus demonstrated the name – a full disclosure or revelation.
The revelation of truth by the Spirit makes it ours.
Not only do we now own it – we are drawn into it.
The Name of the Father is given to us as a dwelling place. He abides in us, we abide in Him – and the “how” is by the revelation of His name to our spirit.
As we understand the nature and character of the Father – we live in that truth. We trust in it. We make life choices counting on His character to back us. His name becomes our life collateral.
Then check out the end of it – Jesus says that when He was “keeping them in Your (the Father’s) name – he guarded – protected – covered them.
It turns out that the Father’s name – and by extension the name of Jesus – the name above all names, given to Jesus – the name at which every knee shall bow – that name – is the safest place on earth. [Tweet This]
Father, this day, help me live my life completely in Your great name.
You are a huge blessing to me.