March 12, 2014: All Prophets Bear Witness

~by Louis Templeman

Acts 10: 40 “. . . to him all prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him will receive forgiveness of sins through his name.”

It is our sin that separates us from God. If we are to walk with God and be blameless, as the Lord commanded Abraham we must have our sins dealt with. This is surely a grand supernatural affair. To have our sins removed so we can walk joyously and confidently with God. It is through faith in Jesus and the power of his name that this is accomplished.

As Peter said in this quote from Acts this is the most marvelous promise of the Old Testament prophets. The psalmist wrote in Psalms 72: 19 “Blessed be his glorious name forever; may all the earth be filled with the Lord’s glory.

Jesus’ command to his apostles just prior to his ascension began the fulfillment of this prayer of the psalmist. Matthew 28: 19 says, “Go there fore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I command you.”

How Isaiah must have rejoiced to see this from his exalted position in glory. For he wrote in Isaiah 52: 6, “There on that day my people shall know my renown, that is it is I who have foretold it. Here I am. How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings glad tidings., announcing peace, bearing good news, announcing salvation, and saying to Zion, ‘Your God reigns’.”

Isaiah also wrote in Isaiah 26: 13, “It is from you only that we can call upon your name.” This reminds us that Jesus said no one can go to the Father except through him. Jesus is the outstretched hand of the mercy of God.

In the Old Testament many names of God are given: El Elohim, Yahweh, Yahweh-yirah, Jah, etc. But the final names we are given, as God revealed his character through the centuries, are the name of Jesus and the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is the name of the Man Jesus which became the name above all names. The name of the man who was God in the flesh, God incarnate, born of the Immaculate Virgin is the name in which all God’s work is now done.

By his name God establishes his reputation and lets us know who he is. His character, His power. His faithfulness. The Old Testament prophets point to Jesus. Through Jesus we can walk with God and be blameless. We can enjoy what they only dreamed of. Blessed be his glorious name forever.

~Louis Templeman

Louis writes from Jacksonville, Florida where he lives with his old friend and wonderful bride, Joy. They transformed their friendship into the sacrament of marriage on August 30, 2012. They share their home with two self-absorbed, playful, twin cats (Flo and Jet) and one very allusive and arrogant cat named D.

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