My New Name!
The promises to the overcomers in Revelation 2 & 3 should be a constant stream of blessing and encouragement to all Christians. Every believer is an overcomer, so we claim these promises for ourselves. The particular promise to the church at Philadelphia is found in Rev. 3.12: Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
Every true believer will be made a pillar in the temple of God. I have had the privilege of visiting the sites of the Seven Churches and Philadelphia is one of the few that has a modern day settlement on the location. Remarkably, all that is left of ancient Philadelphia is three huge pillars. It is therefore not surprising that pillars in the Bible speak of strength, security and stability. So much is clear. But what of the ‘temple of my God’? The Greek word used here (naos) signifies the inner sanctuary, that which was the very dwelling place of God. What is the thought? Every believer is eternally secure and guaranteed to enjoy close fellowship with God and the Lamb throughout eternity. Where? In the Holy Jerusalem, the temple city, that which is the eternal residence of the redeemed (see Rev. 21.22).
It is worth noting that the promise of Rev. 3.12 also says ‘and he shall go no more out’. Historians tell us that Philadelphia was so prone to regular earthquakes and their aftershocks, that many of the residents took to living outside the city in tents! Not the believer. Our residence in the intimate presence of God is permanent and eternal.
But what does the writing of names on the believer signify? When we write our name on something, we do so as a mark of ownership. It identifies the object as ours. What a promise! Every believer will have the ‘name of God’ written upon them, thus we belong to God. Every believer will have the ‘name of the city of my God’ written upon them, thus we belong to the eternal city, New Jerusalem. It is here we find our citizenship. And, every believer will have ‘my new name’ written upon them, thus we belong to Christ. We are His most intimate and valued possession. But why a new name? The Person of the Lord Jesus is inexhaustible. Throughout eternity He will be giving fresh revelations and impressions of Himself. And this is the thought here. Some new revelation of the character of Christ will be given to every believer and written upon him as a mark of identification with the Saviour (see Rev. 19.12). What new things can we glean of Him today?
Daniel Rudge is in fellowship with the assembly that meets in Bracknell Gospel Hall (UK) and with his wife is commended to full time preaching and teaching of the Word of God.