Our New Name

Rev 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

To overcome means to enter into salvation and remain there. It means we follow Christ in this life. In other words we keep going through the power of Christ within us enduring the trials that come our way. But that’s not the focus of today’s lesson. Today’s lesson is about the new name we receive in the next life if we follow Christ to the end in this life.
In the scriptures we learn that names have significance. For example, Abram’s name was changed to Abraham to testify of his important role as the Father of Many Nations in God’s plan. If you look the two words up, Abram simply means high father, Abraham adds the idea of being the father of a multitude.
The Son of God has many names. He is the Firstborn, The Beginning of the Creation of God, the Creator, the Messiah, and the Lamb of God. These names tell us about when He was manifested, His works and His place in God’s kingdom. So a name given by God says something about you, your works and your place in God’s kingdom.
As Sons of God we are given the opportunity to participate in His works of harvest upon this earth. We can’t just do anything. We must do the works of Christ that God has before ordained that we should do (Ephesians 2:10). If we do these works we will be given a name of honor that describes us, our works and our place in God’s kingdom.
In Revelation 2:17 the scriptures say that this new name will be given to us on a white stone. This stone is interesting. In ancient times a stone was used for voting in a trial. If you felt the accused was guilty you would cast in a black stone. If you felt the accused was innocent you would cast in a white stone. So the white stone that bears our new eternal name testifies first of all that Christ has judged us as innocent. We are innocent because we have been redeemed by His blood.
However, the stone also contains a name that no one knows except the one that gets it. This doesn’t mean that no one will know your name in eternity. Everyone will know it. What it means is that you know the name in an intimate way because you and your Savior walked together to earn it.
Without Christ we can do nothing. We must abide in Him to produce good fruit. It is really His power within us that produces good works, but we must walk in it. That is how we earn our new name. It starts with being born of God by faith. When that birth occurs we are given one or more spiritual gifts to labor with. It may take time for your gifts to be developed fully, but we are all given some gift to labor with.
It is like a how we grow up and begin to earn our way in this life. As small children we can’t do much work, but we can love and help our parents. Similarly a new follower of Christ can love his church family help with the work of the church. As the new follower grows the gifts that God has planted in his soul begin to manifest. The follower and the church would begin to see this in the same way you recognize the gifts and abilities of young person in this life. Over time the young person would be given opportunities and responsibilities commensurate with their development. Similarly, as we walk with Christ and our church family we will be presented with opportunities to use our gifts and become a mature laborer for Christ. We are literally writing our eternal name as we walk in His works.
To close this lesson I want to emphasize that the way of Christ is humble and low. We should not seek to be great in religion in this world. We should not seek to be high because of our gifts (the Corinthians became so enamored with their gifts that Paul called them dumb idols). Rather we should learn to walk humbly and meekly, giving cups of cold water in Jesus name, ministering to widows, orphans and the poor. That’s the way that Jesus walked and it is in this same walk that we will find the works that will make our eternal name.
Verses

Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
1Co 12:1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
1Co 12:2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
1Co 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
1Co 12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
1Co 12:5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
1Co 12:6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
1Co 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
1Co 12:8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
1Co 12:9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
1Co 12:10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
1Co 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
1Co 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
1Co 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
1Co 12:29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
1Co 12:30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
1Co 12:31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
1Co 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
1Co 13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
1Co 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
1Co 13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
1Co 13:5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
1Co 13:6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
1Co 13:7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
1Co 13:8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
1Co 13:9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
1Co 13:10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
1Co 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
1Co 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
1Co 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Col 1:29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

Mat 25:14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
Mat 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
Mat 25:16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
Mat 25:17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
Mat 25:18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
Mat 25:19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
Mat 25:20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
Mat 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Mat 25:22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
Mat 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Mat 25:24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
Mat 25:25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
Mat 25:26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
Mat 25:27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
Mat 25:28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
Mat 25:29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
Mat 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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