What does it mean to have life through his name? The obvious answer is that through the name of Christ we have eternal life forever with Him.
30. And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
31. But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
John 20:30-31, KJV
In the Gospels we are given a small picture of the years that Christ ministered on this earth. As John tells us here, there were many other signs done by our Lord that were not recorded in the written records we have in our Bible.
Sometimes, don't you wish there would be more? Wouldn't it be wonderful to read more of the words Christ spoke while on earth? However, it was not necessary that we have more; the written record we have is sufficient for the purposes of God.
What are those purposes?
But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
Think about that for a minute. What does it mean to have life through the name of the Lord Jesus Christ? The obvious answer is that through the name of Christ we have eternal life forever with Him. If that is true, which it is, why do we find ourselves waiting until the next life to begin that life? When does our eternal life begin?
Christ has quickened us--made us alive through the Holy Spirit within, and yet we so often live as though Christ was not really a part of this life at all. We go through the motions, yet our hearts are often consumed with worries and troubles. That should not be so!
As Christ has given us life, then we should live that life now! What does that mean? Let us by the grace of Christ, live in the comfort and joy of our Lord. God has saved us, protects us, and will lead us safely to Him. Let us focus on the true life through the Lord Jesus, and pray that the light of our lives in Christ would spread to all of those with whom we come in contact each day.