Book Review: The Wonderful Name Of Jesus

The Wonderful Name Of Jesus:  A Revelation Granted For These Last Days, by Dr. Victor Morgan, Th.D

[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by BookCrash.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

In the book of Acts there is an interesting story about what happens when some itinerant Jewish exorcists attempt to name and claim the power of Jesus Christ for their own exorcisms.  In the city of Ephesus, the seven sons of Sceva had heard about the efficacy of the prayers offered by Paul and sought to use the name of Jesus Christ to strengthen their own exorcisms.  As the story goes, the powerful demon they were attempting to exorcise replied “Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who are you?” and overpowered the young men and drove them from the place of their misbegotten exorcism naked and wounded.  This story is not cited anywhere in this book.  I found its absence puzzling, as the passage is a classic proof text demonstrating that one needs more than the name of Jesus Christ to receive the benefits of power of it.  One also needs to be a genuine and obedient follower of Christ, something that is much rarer than profession of faith in this world.

At any rate, this short book of about 130 pages is all about naming and claiming benefits and power in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ.  The book has nine chapters that deal in their own ways with the name of Jesus (which was probably Yeshua, but that is neither here nor there).  These chapters include some personal stories about the power of Jesus’ name, the reliance upon the name commanded by the Father, our birthright to claiming the name of authority through being a part of God’s family, our reservation in heaven through salvation, the sufferings before the exaltation of Jesus Christ, God’s wisdom in bestowing the name, the descent into the grave before the ascension into heaven, the authority of the name and finally how it belongs to us.  The author nowhere seems to get around to saying that we should live as Jesus Christ lived or walk as He walked, but rather that we should be confident in naming and claiming and takes evident joy in insulting those who are more cautious about their presumptuous claims to be speaking the will of God.

As I was reading this book, I was reminded of why it is sometimes quite interesting to tour through aspects of the world of professed Christianity that one is not familiar with from personal experience.  I was, at times, concerned that I was reading the efforts of someone who was a great heretic on the level of Cerenthius and others who denied the humanity of Jesus Christ and claimed that He only appeared to be human during His existence, but thankfully that was only a misunderstanding in light of the author’s awfully vague and incomplete knowledge of Christology.  This book is an example of a case where an author’s self-regard as a prophet [1] far outweighs his actual understanding of the Bible, not least the way that Christians are supposed to behave.  It seems baffling to me how many writers profess to have visions from God and do not understand the two fundamental biblical tests that one’s visions are coming from God:  do the visions come true, and does the message encourage and support obedience to God’s law?  Why is it that so few self-appointed prophets understand these biblical basics?  And why is it that they persist in writing about the Bible despite their lack of knowledge?

[1] See, for example:

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