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"Let Your Name Be Sanctified"

Chapter 20


What a depth of thought, what a wealth of meaning, the model prayer contains that Jesus composed for his disciples with the opening words: "Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified"! What a pre-eminent reason there was for Jesus to put this request first in such a model prayer for his followers! Hence we ourselves today dare not give this initial request a place of less importance in our consideration of matters. The Lord Jesus did not put his own name first. He put that of the heavenly Father first, ahead of his own name. In fact, at the time of teaching this prayer, which has come to be known as the Lord's Prayer, he did not even tell his disciples to pray the Lord's prayer in the name of Jesus Christ. Only at the end of his earthly life did he instruct his disciples to offer prayer to the heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ as the Son of God and as Mediator between God and men. (John 14:13,14; 15:16; 16:23, 24, 26) For such humility and faithfulness Jehovah God has given his loyal Son a name that is second only to His own. To this effect we read:

1. (a) In the Lord's model prayer, what place of importance do we with reason give to the request: "Let your name be sanctified"? (b) When Jesus was on earth, what importance did he give to his own name, and for his faithfulness to death what name has Jehovah given him?

"Christ Jesus, who, although he was existing in God's form, gave no consideration to a seizure, namely, that he should be equal to God. No, but he emptied himself and took a slave's form and came to be in the likeness of men. More than that, when he found himself in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient as far as death, yes, death on a torture stake. For this very reason also God exalted him to a superior position and kindly gave him the name that is above every other name, so that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the ground, and every tongue should openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father." — Philippians 2:5-11, NW; AT.

2 In imitation of this chief Son of God, the Teacher of the Lord's prayer, we will desire to sanctify the name of God the Father in our own lives. Yes, we will co-operate with Jehovah God in his sanctifying of his own name. The more we learn about his name and all that it means to all creatures in the universe, the more we shall appreciate that it is worthy of being sanctified forever and of being cleared of all the profanation that has been heaped upon it. We shall also appreciate the justice of destroying all those who do not call upon that name but who profane and reproach it. Altogether just is the inspired prayer, of Psalm 79:6: "Pour out your rage upon the nations that have not known you, and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon your own name." It is no overdrawn statement: Ignoring the name of Jehovah leads to destruction!

3 If we have our own eternal interests at heart, we will be anxious to acquaint ourselves with God, to know him as he is and not as Christendom has misrepresented him. This acquaintance we can attain by reading and studying the Book of his

2. (a) In imitation of God's Son, what will we desire to do regarding God's name? (b) According to Psalm 79:6, to what does ignoring of his name lead?
3. For our benefit, with whom will we be anxious to acquaint ourselves, and how can we do so?

name, the Holy Bible, and by intimately associating ourselves with his approved visible organization, the "people for his name," the remnant of his anointed witnesses, the "faithful and discreet slave" class. The name is that of the chief Savior, for, says Psalm 3:8, "salvation belongs to Jehovah." The very name of the only-begotten Son of God, Jesus, means "Jehovah Is Salvation." We must draw near the chief Savior.

4 How thankful we can be that we have heard of the chief Savior and his name! By hearing this the way to eternal salvation has been opened up to us. How so? Well, when the Christian congregation was founded upon the Lord Jesus Christ as the symbolic rock-mass on the day of Pentecost, A.D. 33, the apostle Peter spoke to the crowd of thousands of Jews and proselytes and quoted the prophecy of Joel 2:32: "And it must occur that everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will get away safe." (Acts 2:21) Believers who then called on Jehovah's name got away safe from the destruction that overtook anti-Christian Jerusalem thirty-seven years later (A.D. 70) by the Roman army. Today, near the end of the earthly career of the anointed Christian congregation, it is just as necessary to call on the name of Jehovah, especially so now when we are quite near to the "great and fear-inspiring day of Jehovah," when Satan's earthly organization, including Christendom, will be struck "with a devoting of it to destruction." In God's name there is safety!

5 Since Pentecost of A.D. 33 we must do this calling on the name of Jehovah in the name of his Son Jesus Christ. If there is a Son, then we are

4. (a) By hearing this divine name, what way has been opened up to us? (b) Today, near the end of the congregation's earthly career, what is just as important to salvation as at the founding of the congregation at Pentecost?
5. (a) Since Pentecost, through whom must the calling upon the divine name be done? (b) Can there now be an ignoring or denying of the one but at the same time the retaining of the other, according to the course of the Jews or of Christendom?

eager to know who the Father is by name. We dare not ignore the Father and give all the glory to the Son. "This is the antichrist, the one that denies the Father and the Son. Everyone that denies the Son does not have the Father either. He that confesses the Son has the Father also. For this purpose the Son of God was made manifest, namely, to break up the works of the Devil." (1 John 2:22, 23; 3:8) In the days of the apostles Peter and John the Jews thought they could recognize the One who is the Father but at the same time reject his Son. In our days Christendom claims to recognize the Son but practically ignores the Father, Jehovah; she passes over his name and does not teach people to call on it.

6 Jesus declared the Father's name to the disciples in order that they might be able to call on it for salvation. We must exercise faith in both the Father and this Son; also in the holy spirit, the invisible active force that issues forth

6. Why did Jesus declare his Father's name to his disciples, and in what factors for salvation must we exercise faith?


from its heavenly Fountain, the Father, and comes to us through the Son.

7 Our faith in the Father and in the Son we must express in a practical way by making a dedication of our whole selves to Jehovah God, the same as Jesus did. Jesus dedicated himself and was accepted on the basis of his own perfect righteousness. We can only dedicate ourselves to Jehovah God through his righteous Son Jesus Christ. Such a dedication Jesus Christ commanded us to symbolize by baptism or submersion in water, being baptized "in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit." (Matthew 28:19) When we are baptized in the name of the Father as Jesus himself was, we thus sanctify the name of the heavenly Father, Jehovah.

8 After our dedication to Him we need to continue calling on Jehovah's name, as the prophet Moses did, as High Priest Aaron did, as the prophet Samuel did. (Psalm 99:6) We must do so in union with the congregation of the "people for his name." Zephaniah 3:9 foretells concerning our day: "Then I shall give to peoples the change to a pure language, in order for them all to call upon the name of Jehovah, in order to serve him shoulder to shoulder."

9 By his spirit God sheds his love into our hearts, which makes us unselfish. It causes us to interest ourselves in the salvation of others. Hence we are under the urge to make public declaration to others and to make known God's name to others. This, in fact, results in our own salvation. Paul stresses this point, saying:

"For with the heart one exercises faith for righteousness, but with the mouth one makes

7. How do we express our faith in Father and Son in a practical way, and how are we commanded to symbolize this practical expression?
8. After our dedication, what must we do about Jehovah's name and in union with whom?
9. By God's spirit what are we then under the urge to do for salvation, and how does Paul stress this point in Romans 10:10-15?

public declaration for salvation. For the Scripture says: 'None that rests his faith on him will be disappointed.' For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for there is the same Lord over all, who is rich to all those calling upon him. For 'everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved.' However, how will they call on him in whom they have not put faith? How, in turn, will they put faith in him of whom they have not heard? How, in turn, will they hear without someone to preach? How, in turn, will they preach unless they have been sent forth? Just as it is written: 'How comely are the feet of those who declare good news of good things!' " — Romans 10:10-15; Isaiah 28:16; 52:7; Joel 2:32.

10 Do you want your feet to be "comely" to people of all nations and races who are longing for salvation? The way that you can make your feet comely to them is by declaring good news of good things, that is, by preaching. No, not in a church in Christendom, but to and in the homes of the people, as Jesus and his apostles did.

11 If you make and symbolize your dedication to him, Jehovah will send you to preach, fully equipping you with his message and instructions. Like Elijah and Elisha with the "sons of the prophets," Jehovah's Elisha class today is furnishing help for doing the foretold prophesying or preaching through the New World society of Jehovah's witnesses. This is for our everlasting salvation.

12 Blessed are our privilege and our opportunity today to sanctify the name of Jehovah in our own lives and to help others who seek eternal life to sanctify it now in their lives. As we continue striving to do so, Jehovah God himself in his fast-approaching due time will answer our loving prayer to him: "Let your name be sanctified."

10. How can we make our feet thus comely to people of all sorts?
11. What does Jehovah send the dedicated one to do, and how does he now furnish help for doing the foretold work?
12. What is it our blessed privilege and opportunity today to do, and what prayer of those doing so will Jehovah himself answer?

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