Revelation 3:12New International Version (NIV)
12 The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem,which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name.
An old hymn by C. Austin Miles states, “There’s a new name written down in glory, And it’s mine.” In Revelation 2:17 (NIV), Jesus promised to give the one who overcomes “a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.” In the Old Testament, God promised a new name to Zion when “the nations will see your vindication” (Isaiah 62:2 NIV).
But God’s people weren’t the only ones to receive a new name. In the letter to the church at Philadelphia, the One “who is holy and true, who holds the key of David” (Revelation 3:7 NIV) spoke of His new name (v. 12). Both God the Father and God the Son will mark their own with their names: Their names will be inscribed on the 144,000 (Revelation 14:1) and those who are allowed into the New Jerusalem (Revelation 22:4).
Our Saviour has adopted us (Ephesians 1:5) and bestowed His name on us.
That’s a name change we can all welcome.
From 365 Encouraging Verses of the Bible, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission.
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