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Daily Reading: 29th October 2015

John 17.6

6 Your name I have made known to the Men whom You gave Me from the world. They were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.

We all have to fill in forms that require us to provide our names. We all have a birth certificate on which is recorded our full name, among other things. The purpose is to identify who we are, not what we are.

Walk around any cemetery and you will see many tombstones, on which are written the names of the person(s) buried in that plot. The name on the tombstone only identifies who is buried there. It does not describe the kind of person that has died.

Yet we know that names do have a meaning, but we also know that the name that we have been given has been chosen, because our parents probably liked the sound of the name, or because it is a family name. We know that the meaning of our name is unlikely to describe our character.

However, this is not true with certain names in the Bible, where the name displayed the character of the person.

The name Jesus means: ‘Jehovah is salvation’. This perfectly describes who Jesus is, and what He is like. It tells us His purpose in coming to the earth: to bring the salvation of God to mankind.

The name John means: ‘Jehovah is a gracious giver’. It describes the actions of God at work in John the Baptist to prepare the way for the Lord Jesus.

Jesus gave Simon the name ‘Peter’ meaning rock. He then prophesied over Peter these words:

[18] Now I say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.

[19] And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you lock on earth will be locked in Heaven, and whatever you open on earth will be opened in Heaven” – Matthew 16.18-19 (NLT).

God’s word tells us that He is to give us a new name:

The person who has ears must listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. I will give to the one who overcomes the manna that has been hidden, and I will give to him a white pebble, and a new name will have been written on the pebble, which no one knows, except the one receiving it – Revelation 2.17.

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