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The Name of Christ.

The Name of Christ.

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BY JESSE L. SEWELL


FOR there is none other name under heaven given
among men whereby we must be saved. " Acts
iv : 12. From this declaration salvation is insep-
arably connected with the name of Christ, and we wish in
this sermon to ascertain how persons are saved in this
name. And it will be necessary in the first place to
find when people were first saved in that name.
BY JESSE L. SEWELL


FOR there is none other name under heaven given
among men whereby we must be saved. " Acts
iv : 12. From this declaration salvation is insep-
arably connected with the name of Christ, and we wish in
this sermon to ascertain how persons are saved in this
name. And it will be necessary in the first place to
find when people were first saved in that name.

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THE AME OF CHRIST. BY JESSE L. SEWELLFOR there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. " Acts iv : 12. From this declaration salvation is insep- arably connected with the name of Christ, and we wish in this sermon to ascertain how persons are saved in this name. And it will be necessary in the first place to find when people were first saved in that name. I suppose no one will argue that any one was saved in the name of Christ before he came into the world. And after he came, he said, he came in his Father's name. John v: 43, "I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not. If another shall come in his own name, him will ye receive." All that he did during his per- sonal mission, until his crucifixion, he did in his Father's name. He said, John v : 30, *' I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, be- cause I seek not mine own will but the will of my Father which hath sent me." Verse 19, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, the Son can do nothing of himself but what he seeth the Father do." And again, he says, John xvii: 8, " For I have given unto them the words which thou gav- est me, and they have received them." Thus we see that all that he said and all that he did, he received from his Father ; there are but two passages in the ew Testament that speak of anything being done in his name before his death. Luke x; 17, "And the sev- enty returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the dev- ils are subject unto us through thy name." And again, Mark ix: 38, "And John answered him saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he follow- (191)
 
192 Sermons by Jesse L. Seivell. eth not us, and we forbade hiia because he followeth not us." But there is no record that the Savior commanded them to do this. But if he did, they were not saved from sin. There was much jDreaching done during the lifetime of our Savior, l)ut none of it was done in his name. John the Baptist preached and baptized, but not in the name of Christ ; and although he sent his disciples and the seventy to preach, and told them what to preach, he did not tell them to preach in his name, for all that he did then he did in his Father's name. Although he taught his disci- ples to pray, and gave them a form of prayer, he did not teach them to pray in his name, but taught them to say, " Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name." Matt, vi: 9. But when he began to teach them what they must do after he went away from them, he then taught them to pray in his name. Johnxvi; 23, ''And in that day ye .shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name, ask and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full." From this we see that he did not require them to do any- thing in his name until he went away from them. To do anything in the name of another, is to do it by his authority, and to do it as he has directed it to be done. Things were done in the name of kings and of men of authority who had the authority to give law, and the power to execute law. Christ was not crowued king on earth, and as he claimed no power, only what he received from the Father, there- fore no one was saved in his name before he ascended to heaven, for though he did forgive sins while on earth, he did it by the power that he received from his Father. For he said the Son could do nothing of himself. He did say to a man sick of the palsy, " Son, be of good cheer, thy sins be forgiven thee." Matt, ix : 2 ; and he did say to a
 
woman, "This woman's sins, which are many, are all for- given her." Luke vii: 47. But he did not do this in his own name. From this investigation, I think it is clear that no one was saved from his sins in the name of Christ before his death. Sermons by Jesse L. Sewell. 193 But it is equally clear that persons were to be saved after- wards in or by his name. ' ' For there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved." But as no one was saved in his name before his death, we must come to the things done after his death and resurrec- tion, and see if we can find where and when anyone was saved in his name. After he arose from the dead, he ap- peared to his disciples, and said unto them, ''all power (authority) is given unto me in heaven and in earth." Matt, xxviii : 18. By virtue of that authority he com- manded his disciples to ''go and teach all nations, baptiz- ing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." But this sets forth the relationship to these names into which baptism would introduce them, and while this embraces salvation in the name or by the authority of Christ, it does not clearly express it. Mark xvi: 15, "And he said unto them go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature : he that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned." While this embraces sal- vation from sin in the name of Christ it does not clearly express it. Luke xxiv: 46, " Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And behold I send the promise of my Father upon you ; but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem until ye

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