In The Name Of Jesus Is Protection!
During my time here, I protected them by the power of the name you gave me. I guarded them so that not one was lost, except the one headed for destruction, as the Scriptures foretold.
John 17:12 (NLT)
“During my time here, I protected them by the power of the name you gave me.”
The doctrine of protection, of guarding, appears several times in Chapter 17. The Apostle John employs this term in the sense of our protection and guarding the Word of Christ (John 14:23; Revelation 3:10), and of Christ keeping us safe in His care during seasons of temptation (John 17:15; Revelation 3:10).
While the Lord Jesus was on the earth He kept His disciples safe from the wiles of Satan. Christ accomplished this through prayer, praying that the authority and power of the Father’s Name would be a wall of protection, an unmovable rock surrounding each member of the little band of disciples.
Even today the Name of the Almighty God covers each true believer in Jesus. The whole family of the elect in Heaven and earth is named from the Father.
When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, (Ephesians 3:14,15)
We understand from the Spirit of God and from the conditions of the world about us that fearful days are ahead for all the inhabitants of the earth. Another war may be just around the corner. In many countries the value of money is unstable. Multitudes of human beings are suffering famine and homelessness. God is testifying that judgment is coming on the world because of our sin and rebellion.
The saints are in the world. We know that as long as we are in the world we shall experience tribulation—much tribulation. We must never forget that the Name of Almighty God is protecting us.
The saints will suffer and the sinners will suffer. The difference is, the hand of God is covering the saints and their tribulations result in the perfecting of their personalities in Christ (if they receive them correctly, praying to the Lord continually for strength and guidance).
The hand of God is not covering those who are not of Christ and they are exposed to unrelieved, non-redemptive tragedies and despair. Therefore we saints point every person on earth toward the Ark of safety—the Lord Jesus Christ.