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February 26, 2020
Russell Sanders

Have you ever sung the hymn that says you have “a new name written down in glory?” Jesus said that to whoever overcomes the worldly stumbling blocks in this life that He “will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth (except) he that receives it.” (Revelation 2:17) (KJV). The Church in Pergamos (Rev. 2:12-18) is praised for holding fast to Jesus’ name in the face of persecution and false doctrines that had crept into the Church. Jesus promised them two things. They would eat of the “hidden manna,” the fully revealed word in heaven. They would also be given “a white stone” with their new eternal name.

We can only speculate about the name, possibly the one we would be called by as we rule in a future domain as “priestly kings” in Christ’s eternal kingdom. What we do know about the “white stone” is that it is a verdict of acquittal (from sin) or a “ticket” of admission into our glorious eternal destiny. (From Strong’s reference 5584 the word stone indicates: “a verdict of acquittal or ticket of admission or a vote.”)

Our understanding of the “white stone” is not entirely clear, which is why we never hear teachers and preachers speak about it. What is clear, however, is that it is a reward for the overcomer, and it assigns our “new name written down in glory.” It will be worth it all!! 

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