The Importance of a Name | Pastor Jim

Do you have a nickname? Growing up my dad had nicknames for me. He called be Jimmy, Jimbo, Jim. My brothers also gave me a nickname; they called me Buzzard. I liked my dad’s nicknames but I didn’t like my brothers’. My dad’s nicknames were given to express affection. My brothers’ nickname was given to create vexation!

I came across a story in the Old Testament about names. When Solomon dedicated the temple to God, the LORD said to him, “I have heard the prayer and plea you have made before me; I have consecrated this temple, which you have built, by putting my Name here forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.” (1 Kings 9:3)

Lots of people down play the importance of the temple building. But God doesn’t. He has chosen to put His name on that structure forever. The Jewish temple is holy, not because of the material it is made out of but because of the Lord’s Name. We’ve learned in our study of 2 Thessalonians that God’s temple will be rebuilt.

Here’s another story I came across about names. It is in the New Testament. Jesus made this astonishing statement about His followers. He says of all who remain faithful to him, “Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God. (Revelation 3:12)

Look at the underlined part of this verse. Why will the Son of God write a new name on His followers? I can’t tell you all the reasons. But these scriptures alone inform you and me that God holds us with deep affection as His very own. We belong…to Him.

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