Believing in the meaning of His name is of utmost importance. To ever fulfill our God-given calling of becoming His sons and daughters with His power flowing through us, we must believe on His name.
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12). And in John 3:18 we discover that “believing on Him” is “believing in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” And conversely, he that “believes not is condemned already” for only one reason: “because he hath not believed in the name.”
Not believing in the meaning of His name carries a catastrophic result. The condemnation is “that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19). Because that same apostle wrote, “God is light,” in I John 1:5, we might read the above passage, “God is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than God, because their deeds were evil.” He did say that He was “the true Light” in John 1:9.
The Savior’s name, Yahshua, which means in Hebrew, “Yahweh is the Savior,” has within it God’s truth as to what His very nature is. That nature is that He is One. One Spirit, one expressed image called the Son, One, One, One. The invisible Father is in the Son, which is God (Spirit) in human form.
Let us get this teaching from the Master’s own lips. In John 14:10, it is like the Savior is speaking to us today. Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The Father that dwells in Me speaks the words through me and does the works. The Father is omnipresent. He is everywhere. The Son is a vessel, then, that is in the Father, in the Spirit. We, then, since God is everywhere, we are in the Father, too. And the Father, in turn, is also in the vessel as that same one invisible Spirit.
In verse 11, He commands us. “Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.” This is a commandment. In fact, this is one of his new commandments that John tells us about. He is saying, The things I do only God can do, so believe what I am saying to you about the Father being now present right now with you (in me). These miracles done through me—it is the Father in me that is doing them.
Believing on Him as the Scripture has just said
In verse 12 He says that those who “believe on Him” will do the same works that He does. Now, most assume that this means “accepting Him as their personal Savior.” But it does not mean this. It means, “to believe on Him” in the same manner that He just expounded on in the previous two verses. I repeat—those that “believe on Him” will believe on Him as He has just expounded—believing that the Father, the great wonderful invisible Spirit-Creator is in the Son. There is only one way the Father could be in a human vessel, and that is by the Father being an invisible Spirit.
Let us not forget already what He taught about belief in them. First, He said that “ if you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” Second, He said, “Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me.” This was His teaching on “believing on me.” That is what He meant when He commanded, “Believe on me.” It was that we believe that He was in the Father and the Father in Him, as opposed to the idea of the Father in some other vessel. For the Son is the “expressed image of the invisible God.”
He emphasized this truth by prefacing it with, “Verily, verily.” This means, “In truth,” and He said it twice to make sure we got it. And that truth about believing on Him means believing that He was in the Father and the Father was in Him. And if we get this right, there is a ton of promises He makes to us. One of them is that we will do the same works that He did. And “if we believe on him as the scripture has said,” the Spirit will flow out from our depths. KWH