What’s in a name?

A name, in scripture, is often reflective of the character of someone, describing the action or a relationship one has with another. A name is an identification. In Revelation, we discover that Christ has a new name that we do not know as yet! Doesn’t that pique your interest?

“and I will write upon him  my new name.” Revelation 3:12

“His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.” Revelation 19:12

Whatever Christ’s new name is, it relates to His completed work on Calvary. Everything needed for our redemption is completed through Him. Christ’s new name is also the full revelation of His character. We are not totally aware of what this looks like yet. 

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.” 1 Corinthians 13:12 

Not only does Christ get a new name, but we do as well. The JFB Commentary says of Revelation 3:12, “my new name–at present incommunicable and only known to God: to be hereafter revealed and made the believer’s own in union with God in Christ. Christ’s name written on him denotes he shall be wholly Christ’s. 

New also relates to Christ, who shall assume a new character (answering to His “new name”) entering with His saints on a kingdom–not that which He had with the Father before the worlds, but that earned by His humiliation as Son of man.” 

He has a name for us, that only He knows. Our new name denotes that we belong completely and wholly to Him. 

Whatever it is, Christ’s new Name will doubtless be reflective of the ultimate completion of His redemptive work in us. Hallelujah!


Louise Stratulat

Louise Stratulat