For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace,
And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
And her salvation as a lamp that burns.
2 The Gentiles shall see your righteousness,
And all kings your glory.
You shall be called by a new name,
Which the mouth of the Lord will name.
3 You shall also be a crown of glory
In the hand of the Lord,
And a royal diadem
In the hand of your God.
Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
Revelation 3:12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.
The world has called the people of God many things. I was in a classroom a few years ago where evolution was being taught. The professor was talking about those who don’t believe in evolution and called us right wing Bible believers. It wasn’t a complimentary term. I have been called a “born-againer” in a not so nice manner. I have been asked if I were “one of those” where “those” was meant as a slander against the Christians in the room. The world has many choice names and expressions for the people of God.
Note in these passages that the day is coming when God will call His own people by a new name which He will give them. The name that God has for us is a special name with a special relationship attached to it. When the people in Antioch called the believers “Christians” it wasn’t a compliment, it was a sneer, but the name stuck.
Who are you in Christ? First off all, you are not the same person you were apart from Christ. If you had a nick-name that went with your old sinful life then when you came to Christ and found forgiveness of sin you might have wanted to change that sin-induced nick-name. You now had a new identity.
Rejoice with the Lord, He has a new name for you! His name for you will define you as His chosen for all eternity. So whatever derogatory name others have for you now, God has a new name for you and will give it to you when you are with Him in His presence. Hallelujah!
We are looking forward to Sunday. It will be another great day in the life of Grace for Life Bible Church. I plan to show a few more pictures of my trip with a bit more of the report from it. We will also be observing the Lord’s Table together which is a great moment of reflection on the wonderful work of Christ on our behalf.
Pray for the needs of our church. The summer months offerings were well below budget leaving us very close on our bank balances. We are having to pick and choose what bills to pay as offerings come in. Pray with us about this need and ask the Lord what you can do.
Have a great day in the Lord,