Forsaking Your Name

The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.”  Isaiah 62:2-3

Here’s an interesting point to consider…  In Isaiah it shows that in the end, the Lord will give us a new name, implying that you no longer will be called by your own, given name, which includes both your first name and your family last name.  You will be forsaking your entire earthly name and will receive a brand new heavenly name.  In other words, the name that you were known by, the name that you made a reputation for yourself, the name by which all those surrounding you knew you, the family reputation name by which you were known by will all be taken away.  What is in a name?  A name is your entire identity.  It shows who you were, who you are now, and all that you stand for.  You’ve spent your entire life building your name into an identity, and in the end, what will happen to that name?

So, a question comes up then…  In order to receive the new name, the identity of Christ alone, are you willing to give up your individual name and be “identity-less” in order to receive the name of Christ as your sole identity?

11 I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. 12 The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name. 13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”  Revelation 3:11-13

It appears that in both Isaiah and Revelation that in the end, we will have a new family last name, the name of both Jesus and of God, and will no longer be identified as the ‘daughter of’ or ‘mother of’ or ‘father of,’ or ‘son of.’  We will have a heavenly Father only, just like Adam & Eve had no mother, and we will no longer have our children or grandchildren, but instead, we will all be identified as the purchased body of Christ, all brothers and sisters of Christ.  And our first name will be entirely different too, and in a way “identity-less” because all of our past identity will fade with the old name.

  • “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.””  Matthew 12:50
  • But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers.[b] And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.”  Matthew 23:8-9
  • 34 And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, 35 but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, 36 for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons[g] of the resurrection.”  Luke 20:34-36

Because Christ bought us with a price, He has a serious question for you.  In the end, are you willing to forsake your name and take on His name as your entire identity?  If you say, “yes,” He guarantees it will be worth it.

  • “You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants of men.”  1 Corinthians 7:23
  • 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”  1 Corinthians 6:19-20

12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens,[d] but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by[e] the Spirit.”  Ephesians 2:12-22

Father God, we cannot even imagine that you would even consider giving us your name and claiming us totally as your own, and consider us even as a brother or sister of Christ, of the same lineage and inheritance.  What joy that will be the day we will give up our own identities to take on your identity as all that we are.  Help us to let go of our earthly identity and take residence in your heavenly identity.