And that’s the ever-increasing revelation of who Christ is for you.
We know from Scripture that Jesus Christ is the “expressed image” of God (Heb.1:3). But did you know that whatever is revealed to you about Him belongs to you?
God first established this principle of revelation under the Old Covenant…
“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever…” (Deut.29:29)
So, not only should we progressively see more of our true selves in His “Holy Spirit mirror,” we also need to see who Jesus is for us in greater glory!
If you’re a believer, you already “see” Christ for your salvation and complete forgiveness for all your sins.
That’s great, but it’s only where your eternal life in Christ begins…
What do you believe about Christ for your everyday life?
What’s actually in the name of Jesus?
There were eight names given to God that progressively revealed Him as Lord in the Old Testament. I will give the Hebrew names and meanings here.
- Adonai Yir’eh – Lord, our provision (Gen.22:14)
- Adonai Rapha – Lord, our healer (Exod.15:22-26)
- Adonai Nissi – Lord, our banner, victory (Exod.17:8-15)
- Adonai Shalom – Lord, our peace, wholeness (Judges 6:24)
- Adonai Ro’eh – Lord, our shepherd (Psalm 23:1)
- Adonai Tzva’ot – Lord, our stronghold, protector (Psalm 46:7)
- Adonai Tzidkeinu – Lord, our righteousness (Jer.23:6)
- Adonai Shamah – Lord, always present (Ezek.48:35)
And we see in the New Testament revelation that Jesus is our provision, our healer, our victory, our peace, our shepherd, our stronghold, our righteousness, and He’s always present and will never leave us nor forsake us.
The question is, do you actually believe this?
Because the opposite is also true.
You can be talked out of anything that’s not been revealed to you.
And here’s one revelation we really need. The word “Lord” means “master” or “owner.” Which means, God thinks He’s the owner and master over everything in your life, including all your circumstances and all your problems–over your today and all your tomorrows.
He actually seems to think that if you seek Him and His Kingdom first, ALL these things that you thought were so important will be added on as extras (Matt.6:33)
So why are you still clinging on to it all like it’s yours…
Okay, I understand, believe me….I’m on this journey too. And that’s why we need to come back to this progressive “glory to glory” thing. Because what we really need is revelation.
Let me give you some examples of how a revelation of what’s in the name of Jesus can transform your life forever.
Before I see Jesus as Provision, I will struggle with giving. I will worry about my job, the economy, having “enough.” But once I see His name is Provision, these are no longer issues. He is my supernatural provision.
Before I see Jesus as Healer, I won’t see many people get healed. I will try to rev up my faith and beg God to heal them. But when I see Him as Healer, I simply release the healing virtue of Christ living in me to others. And people start getting healed.
Before I see Jesus as Shalom (peace, wholeness), I will remain anxious and full of turmoil. I will still look to my circumstances for peace. I will still look to others for affirmation and act out of my woundedness and alien identities given to me by others. But once I see that His name is Peace, my fears are replaced by love. I will begin to be whole, at rest, complete in who I uniquely and wonderfully am in Him.
Before I see Jesus as Victory in every situation (2 Cor.2:14), I’ll live a defeated life by empowering the enemy’s lies. But once I see Christ is my victory, I take those lies captive and walk in freedom. The enemy no longer has any authority in my life because I’m no longer giving it to Him.
Before I see Jesus as Righteousness (2 Cor.5:21), I will still confess that I’m a dirty sinner, that “my righteousness is as filthy rags.” And I will act out that sentiment by faith! But once I see Christ is my righteousness, I will begin to walk in that reality.
Before I see Jesus as Always Present, I’ll live like I’m separated from Him. I will still pray my “orphan revival” prayers, begging Papa to come down and visit me. But once I see myself in Him, I will know I’m never without Him. I’ll walk everyday in a revival lifestyle–living from heaven to earth–letting the Father’s glory shine through me as I abide in Him.
Yes, there IS power in the name of Jesus!
So, what do you need Jesus to be for you today?
And it’s okay if you don’t get it all yet. That’s the point. He wants to reveal Himself to you from glory to glory.
But know your “problem” is not the problem.
It’s lack of revelation…
…which He’s very ready to give you.
So let’s stop looking at our circumstances and look to Him instead. In other words, take a look at the list above, see what you need and ask the Lord to reveal Himself to you in that area so that it can belong to you. Don’t stop until it’s yours.
For He really is Lord of all…and that’s really GOOD news!