A New Name
September 14, 2009
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to
the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of
the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new
name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives
it.” – Revelation 2:17
In America, we are casual with our use of our names. Names are
not a secret, nicknames are freely bestowed, names can even be
legally changed if one is dissatisfied with what is on the birth
But in other cultures, names are treated with special care. They
signify the person’s core identity, so a person has a true
name – known only to himself and to a few close friends – and
a nickname by which he is publicly known.
I find it comforting that God knows my real name. He knows my
identity, he sees the core of my soul, he is intimately aware of
my every thought (cf. Psalm 139). In fact, God knows me better
than I know myself. I can easily be swayed by other people’s
opinions of me, or try to be something or someone that I’m
not. But God is not fooled. He knows who I really am. That is why
he alone is qualified to tell me my real name.
Someday, in the purity and brightness of heaven, he’s going
to give me a white stone, and on that stone will be written a new
name – my real name, the name that encompasses everything
about me. Then, unfettered by sin, by weakness, or by ego, “I
shall know fully, just as I also have been fully known” (I
- How would you define or describe yourself?
- How well do you understand yourself – why
you think and act and feel the way you do?
- What impact does it have on you to realize that God knows
you fully and completely, down to the innermost detail?
- How does it make you feel to realize that one day you
will step into the fullness of everything you were ever created