A New Name

Connecting Points

Monday, March 26, 2012

Today’s Topic: In These Last Days

Today’s Text:  Isaiah 62:2 (NIV)   The nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow.

Hallelujah! Our God is mighty to save! Following yesterday’s baptism service at church, the Lord spoke to our congregation in a very clear and precise way. As a result, one more person has entered the eternal Kingdom of Jesus Christ. Hallelujah!

As I read Isaiah 62:1-2 again this morning, I was drawn to one phrase – you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow. For those of you who first think theologically, I know that these verses apply specifically to the restoration of the nation of Israel. But the truth of a new name expands into the church age as well.

When Jesus had the Apostle John write to the seven churches in the book of Revelation, to two of them He declared that those who overcome and remain faithful would receive a new name.

In Revelation 19, when Jesus returns to earth with the armies of heaven, He has on Him a Name known only to Himself – the Name given to Him upon His exaltation to the right hand of God following His resurrection. It is the Name above all names at which every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord.

Every time a sinner repents and is saved there is a new name written in the Lamb’s book of life in heaven – a name that is written in the blood of the Lamb and can never be erased.

Yesterday, a new name was written down in glory. Personally, I see a lot more of that happening in the future of our church. I believe in these last days we are going to begin to see a clear separation of people from the world who are called to faith in Jesus Christ. I believe that in these last days, those of us who stand up and speak out the true Gospel will be blessed with an increasing harvest of souls saved from their sin by the power of the cross. Yes, there will be persecution. Yes, there will be suffering. But the blessing of praying with someone who is repenting of their sin, crucifying the old nature, and being reborn into eternal life in Jesus Christ is worth any hardship.

Do you believe that? Will you live that way?

I am reminded of one of my favorite old hymns of our faith. Let it minister to you as it does to me.

I was once a sinner, but I came
Pardon to receive from my Lord:
This was freely given, and I found
That He always kept His word.

I was humbly kneeling at the cross,
Fearing naught but God’s angry frown;
When the heavens opened and I saw
That my name was written down.

In the Book ’tis written, “Saved by Grace,”
O the joy that came to my soul!
Now I am forgiven, and I know
By the blood I am made whole.

There’s a new name written down in glory,
And it’s mine, O yes, it’s mine!
And the white robed angels sing the story,
“A sinner has come home.”
For there’s a new name written down in glory,
And it’s mine, O yes, it’s mine!
With my sins forgiven I am bound for Heaven,
Never more to roam.

Pastor John

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