Today, my first day back from hols I had to think carefully about who I asked to attend a meeting on my behalf. I needed someone with complete integrity.
It got me thinking about I John 3 v 23 whihc says “And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.”
When name is used in this way, it does not mean “the word by which a person is called,” but rather “the whole nature or character of the person” as far as we know it or understand it. This is why the proverb says, “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches”
“Our help is in the name of the LORD” (Psalm 124:8) David, the psalmist here, does not mean that our help lies in the fact that God is called Yahweh. This name contains nothing magic in it at all. David means that our help is in His love, in His mercy, in His power, in His promises. It is in the things that have been revealed to us as parts of His nature, of His attributes, and of His character—and whether or not we have faith in them.
So then, to “believe in the name of Jesus Christ” means to believe in the nature and the character of Jesus Christ.
I wonder what people at work think of my “name”? Is the name Mark Charlesworth trustworthy, reliable, honest, accountable, truthful, full of integrity etc?
Enjoy the good weather and I’ll post something again soon