That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made comformable unto his death. – Philippians 3:10

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There are many dimensions of prophecy. Biblical Greek presents one definition our English dictionary normally overlooks: to speak for another or in another’s name.

Of the name Jesus, Quaker theologian Robert Barclay has written: “Salvation does not lie in the literal knowledge of that name, but in the experience of what it signifies. … Those who know the meaning and have experienced his power can be saved without knowing his name.”

For early Friends, the name of Jesus, as experienced in the fullness of their hearts, was synonymous with his power.

Thus, to worship in the name of Jesus means to experience his love in its many dimensions as one fellowship.

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This being the very End for which God appointed Teachers in his Church, as it is written. He gave some Apostles, and some Prophets, and some Evangelists, and some Pastors and Teachers, for the perfecting of the Saints, for the Work of the Ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ, till we all come into the Unity of the Faith, and of the Knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect Man, unto the Measure of the Stature of the Fulness of Christ. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)

 

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