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BUT, WHO ARE YOU?

Posted by: Pastor J Jacobs on Sun, Dec 27, 2015

Acts 19:13-17 

 

A. It is neat being well-known. To have people run up to you and say I know you

B. Just coming back from Youth Camp this past week, a bunch of kids got to know Jesus Christ more personally, and they got to meet a whole bunch of new friends, and got to know each other! What a blessing!

C. Knowing about God is not the same as God knowing you (Gal 4:9)

D. There is a day coming when Jesus will declare, “Depart from me ye cursed… I never knew you!” (Mt 7:21-23)

E. You had better get a reputation in heaven! And this message is to help you do just that!

 

Acts 19:13-17

 

A. Vagabond Jews were outcasts, not accepted as Jews - weird, cults - the cults were expanding (as they are today)

B. Exorcists are hypnotists that pretended to “free people from evil spirits.” Sometimes, they tap into some real power using different incantations, and medicines (drugs) - using powerful names, and magic-sounding sayings.

C. These “exorcists” tried out the name of Jesus - they had been to one of Paul’s meetings, and instead of repenting and receiving Christ, they thought to just USE Him - still standard today - people only want to USE Jesus (as a fire escape, or a Genie service)!

D. The head honcho of the group of vagabond Jews is a man named Sceva - he has seven sons who together try out this new “formulae” first on a well known demon possessed man.

E. To adjure you is to command. This is where charismatics got the idea of “commanding” demons, and rebuking devils!

F. But it all backfires (19:15,16) - God teaches the entire city some things about devils, and about messing with them:

 

1. The devils know Jesus - every demon knows and fears Jesus (James 2:19)

2. The devils also know Paul - what an amazing thing!

 

a. Do the devils know YOUR name!?

b. Does YOUR prayer life shake heaven and hell?

c. Heaven and hell knew all about Job - that’s what they talked about in Job 1 and 2

d. Heaven and hell knew all about Simon Peter (Lk 22:31)

 

Some warnings:

 

1. Supernatural, and almost deadly strength is associated with demon possession (Mk 5:1-4)

2. These 7 sons had only been dabbling in exorcism - it would be like a couple of kids trying to take on a JCB - Demons are very powerful

3. Don’t mess with Oui-ja boards, Tarot cards, Fortune tellers, Horrorscopes, etc! You will only end up wounded, and more empty (19:16)!

 

Does Heaven and Hell Know Your Name?

 

A. A Good Name is a Good Thing (Eccl 7:1; Pr 22:1)

 

1. Probably one of the most important things to have is a good, trustworthy name – that people honour when they think of you

2. Tell me, when I list the following names out, whether the person had a good name or a bad name:

 

a. Judas Iscariot?

b. Demas?

c. Jesus?

d. Thomas?

e. Reuban?

 

A Good Name is a New Name.

 

1. We are all born with a name that our parents gave us – probably with the hope that we would turn out like our name

 

a. Craig is a variation of a crag – a rock that sticks out like a sore thumb!

b. EX: George Pappavlahodimtrakopoulous has the distinction of having the longest name in the telephone book in Lansing Michigan. He is a restaurant owner, and has a standing offer to give a free meal to anyone who can pronounce his name perfect the first time. Few win!

c. That old boy needs a new name – or we need a new tongue!

 

2. We all start out as a Jacob – a lying, selfish, self-centred, conniving, scheming, hussling kind of a person – these are ungodly character traits

3. What we need is a new name – a better name – a name that would portray godly character traits – like the name Israel

4. God changed the names of so many people in the Bible

 

a. Saul of Tarsus – to Paul

b. Abram to Abraham

c. Sarai to Sarah

d. Jacob to Israel

e. Simon to Peter

 

5. Do you know what all that shows? That people need a new name – comes with the new birth – being born again!

6. We sing the song, there’s a new name, written down in glory!

 

A Good Name is an Eternal Name – Written down in heaven (Lk 10:20; Philp 4:3)

 

1. It is great to be alive – to have been born into this life

2. I enjoy most everything I do

3. When I was born, my name was written down on a piece of paper, and recorded in several books back in Austin, Texas.

4. I have a copy of my actual Birth Cert!

5. But that name on that record, Craig Alan Ledbetter represents a life that lasts only a few dozen years.

6. Some people are able to live over 100 years.

7. Before the Flood, people actually lived up to 969 years long.

8. But they all died – except for Enoch.

9. The thing to know is, a Good Name is when your name is engraved in heaven!

10. A good name is one that lasts forever with you in heaven!

 

A Good Name is an Earned Name (Rev :17) – nobody just has a good name

 

1. Some people are born with a good name they inherited from their parents – but only ruin it by living a spoiled rotten life!

2. You earn a good name by:

 

a. By godliness (1Ti 6:6)  good deeds (Gen 39:21) get you a good name

b. By being obedient – not a rebel! Doing what you are commanded to do – that makes you trustworthy like nothing else

c. By courageous deeds – going beyond the call of duty.

 

1) Most people only want a hero’s name by some great effort – like a superman.

2) Yet, that kind of a name is so rare.

3) The Stephen’s and the Moses who stand up to the bad guys, already were courageous in the little things long before they rose to the challenge of facing off with a crowd of religious zealots or a Pharaoh

 

A Good Name is Something to Pass On (1Kg 1:47)

 

1. It is called an heritage and it is more than just the possessions of a life being passed on to the kids

2. It is the honour of being part of the family of someone great

3. Jesus passed on His name onto us – all Christians inherited HIS name

4. I wonder how many people think low of the name Christian? I believe most do, and it is simply because CHRISTIANS have trodden under foot the good name Christian

 

a. By calling themselves Christian, and yet lying constantly

b. By calling themselves a child of God, and yet getting their joys from a bottle at a pub

c. By calling themselves Born Again, and yet living like the devil

d. By calling themselves Christian, and yet never making CHRIST pre-eminent in their life – barley coming to church once in a while, or even not at all!

 

5. What caused Christianity to spread throughout the whole world before was not the threat of the sword, or the pressure of the government, but the shining testimonies and rock-solid trustworthiness of all Christians everywhere:

 

a. A Christian’s word was as good as gold – could bank on it

b. A Christian’s honour was worth more than life itself

c. A Christian’s reputation told the world, we have something eternal that the whole world needs to survive!

 

A Good Name is a Delicate Thing – Don’t Throw it Away

 

1. Moses was faithful – he had and held onto a good name

2. David almost threw his away by the pleasures of sin for a short season

3. King Saul did throw his away out of stubbornness and pride

4. Demas forsook his good name (Cf Col 4:14; Phile 1:24 with 2Tim 4:10)

5. Protect the good name of Christian. Protect the good name you have – even if it is only a little good – don’t lose any more of its to the devil (Rev 3:1,2)

 

Conclusion

 

A. How well known are you?

 

1. Forget how popular you may be here while on earth!

2. How well known are you in heaven?

3. How well known are you in hell?

 

B. If you are saved, all of heaven heard your name shouted from one end to the other – every angel has heard of you!

C. If you are only living for yourself, the devil leaves you alone

D. If only the devil knows you, then heaven help you! That would be the stupidest thing – to only impress the world, and the devil!

E. What we need is a good name in both heaven and hell!

 

1. One that rejoices our Father

2. One that infuriates the devil!

 

F. It comes with getting saved – being born again!

G. AND, it comes with living a courageous Christian life – not a wimp!

 

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