Are You Naming Christ’s Name Legitimately?

August 23, 2013

2 Tim. 2:19 says, “Everyone who names the name of the Lord must renounce wickedness.” Everyone. To name Christ’s name means to count oneself a citizen of God’s Kingdom. It is to use Christ’s name for one’s salvation, deliverance, and advantage. It is to claim to be pardoned by Christ and to belong to Him. The verse is a clear command for such people to reject all sinfulness.

The sinfulness to be abandoned includes godless chatter, for those who engage in this will stray further and further from the Truth. (2 Tim. 2:16) Furthermore, their corruption will influence others to also wander from the Truth so that those people’s faith is destroyed. (v. 16-18) All conduct, thoughts, and words that are not noble, pure, holy, and beneficial are to be discarded completely. (v. 20-23) This is not a suggestion from God’s Word, but an order.

If someone names the name of the Lord, then Christ is to be just that –his Lord. Lord means Master, Commander, Controller, Boss, Chief, Instructor, Authority, Leader, and King. Therefore, if someone names Christ as Lord, then there is no room or provision for that person to follow his own will (desires and decisions) and still claim to retain Jesus as his Lord. Such behavior is a usurping of Christ’s Leadership. If this happens, then Jesus is not that person’s Savior. That person is rebellious and has thus forfeited grace for himself by refusing to submit to the Lord as the rightful Authority. (Jonah 2:8 // Rom. 8:9 // Heb. 10:26-31) But only those who follow the leadership of the Spirit of Christ and God are inheritors of eternal life. (Rom. 8:9,14)

Those who do not follow Christ obediently are walking the path of the sinful nature / spiritual death / eternal death / condemnation. (Rom. 8:6,13) There is absolutely no pardon for those who continue on this path, even if they are naming the name of the Lord. Such people are hypocrites, and hypocrites do not inherit eternal life. (Mt. 7:21-23 & 23:25-33 & 24:48-51)

Those who walk in the sinful nature can know they are doing so if they commit those things listed in Gal. 5:19-21. For it says, “The acts of the sinful nature are obvious… [and] those who live like this will not inherit the Kingdom of God.” In other words: Continue to sin, and you will reap Hell.

If anyone thinks the list there in Gal. 5:19-21 probably does not list their sins, that person may want to look up the passage and read it thoughtfully. And then he may want to take note of verse 24. For that verse also clearly reveals the Truth about those who belong to the Lord –that they have crucified the sinful nature completely.

Therefore, may all who claim, “I am a Christian”, understand: Everyone who names the name of the Lord must renounce all sin and must do so by crucifying their sinful nature with finality.

with love,

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