The Name is the Person

Revelation 22:3-4 says about New Jerusalem, “the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His slaves will serve Him; and they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.”

New JerusalemThe name label in the graphic is NOT the meaning of Revelation 22:4. “His name” is NOT something temporary and external placed upon us. To repeat my prior post, His name written on us proclaims that we belong to Him and that we are one with Him.

In the Bible a name is closely tied to the person. This is most strongly true for God. Here are some examples.
  Acts 1:15 speaks of “a group of persons gathered together” yet the word sometimes translated “people” or “persons” is literally “names,” the latter being used in several translations (see here).
  Mark 13:9 says, “before governors and kings you will stand for My sake” and the parallel in Luke 21:12 says, “before kings and governors for the sake of My name.”
  Romans 10:12-13 tells us, “the same Lord is Lord of all and rich to all who call upon Him; for ‘whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’”
  1 John 5:10, 13 is written to “he who believes into the Son of God” and “you who believe into the name of the Son of God.”

To have the name of God and the Lamb on our foreheads is an evidence that we are one with Him in life. As Christians we should be able to say with Paul, “for me to live is Christ” (Philippians 1:21). We can begin every day telling Him, Lord, thank You that today is another time to live one with You. We can also eat Christ, the living Word of God, as our nourishment that we may living Him (John 1:14; 6:51, 57). Every day now we seek to live Christ and in New Jerusalem we unquestionably will live Him to the fullest.

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  1. Since the Lord’s name denotes the person, His name written on our forehead indicates that we not only belong to Him, but that we are one with Him. Such a writing is going on today, as we practice to “live Christ” in our daily life. By eating Christ, being nourished to live because of Him, we’re becoming what we will be for eternity–the New Jerusalem. May we live under this vision today.

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  2. I appreciate seeing the significance of the Lord’s name. His name denotes His person. For us to have His name written on our foreheads surely indicated a deep union and identification in life with our beloved Lord.

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  3. We not only call or praise to this Name outwardly, we are much more one with this Name inwardly! He is daily inscribing His Name on our foreheads by dispensing himself more… Thank the Lord He is a living person working Himself in us daily!

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  4. Thanks for your comments. I note that each of you mentions life (Christ in us). The writing is surely a life matter. In 2 Cor 3:3 Paul says that he was writing the Spirit in our hearts and in 3:6 he reminds us that the Spirit gives life.

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