Abraham and Sarah taught us that God gives us our name based on his plan.
Jacob taught us that wrestling with God is part of life.
Peter taught us that we will have to grow into our name.
John 1:9–13, NIV 2011 9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
Our new name tells a story of our past, present, and future.
Like many other names God gives in the Bible, ours points to God’s glory.
Our name is meant to be a banner we display with humility and pride.
1 John 3:1–3, NIV 2011 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
Privileges of our New Name:
An intimate relationship (Matthew 6 - Lord’s Prayer)
An assured relationship (1 John 5:13 - Confidence in our relationship)
A secure relationship
Responsibilities of the New Name
Longing to become more like God
Love for others
Revelation 2:17, NIV 2011 17 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.