Revelation 3:12 KJV
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.
One of the great promises given to genuine believers (“overcomers”) is the receipt of confirmation of their blessed, eternal, position in Christ. This confirmation is symbolized by various names being written upon the redeemed.
Back in John’s day, servants bore the names of their masters upon their bodies as a declaration of their master’s ownership. This is the picture that is set before us in today’s Scripture. Note which names are being written upon the saints…
- the name of my God – declaring that the child of God is the eternal possession of God, never to be under another’s rule, bondage, or captivity. He is eternally secure in the counsels of God.
- the name of the city of my God (New Jerusalem) – declaring that the King of King’s subject is a citizen of New Jerusalem (heaven descended to earth) located on the New Heavens and New Earth.
- my new name (the new name of Christ) – declaring that the servant of Christ is the eternal servant of the newly revealed Lord Jesus Christ. Keep in mind, this side of heaven, the saint can only see Christ dimly as through a smoky glass. But once the saint enters eternity, he will be able to see Christ with much more clarity and understanding. This is why the saint will have a “renewed” name of Christ written upon him, reflecting the renewed sight and understanding we will possess of Him.
How will this take place? Our willing, joyful worship of God at His throne, our citizenship in New Jerusalem, and our presence with Christ will all be proofs of our eternal standing in Him. Compare this to the lost’s reluctant worship of God. their suffering in the Lake of Fire, and their separation from Christ which will all clearly declare their eternal rejection by God.
Folks, we need to praise Him that we will be clearly revealed as the people of God throughout eternity, enjoying the many blessings that He has chosen to give to those for whom Christ died. And in response let’s serve the Lord with glad hearts knowing that we have a wonderful eternity awaiting us as those children of Almighty God.
May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
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