The new name given for our salvation

Everything under the heaven has its time and purpose.

Ecc 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven ….

 

The Bible says that there is a time for everything. And every activity has a purpose. We, too, should have a purpose in our life of faith. Then, what is the purpose of our faith?

 

1 Pe 1:8-9 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

 

The purpose of our faith is the salvation of our soul, namely, eternal life. In order to give us eternal life, God divided 6,000 years of His redemption work into three ages and gave us a different name for the Savior in each age.

 

Mt 28:19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit ….”

God told us to baptize people in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. It means that the Father has His name, the Son has His name, and the Holy Spirit also has His name. As you know, the name of the Father is Jehovah and the name of the Son is Jesus. Then, what is the name of the Holy Spirit? Have you ever heard about the name of the Holy Spirit? Let’s study about the name of the Holy Spirit.

 

Who is the Savior in each age?

First, let’s find out who the Savior was in the age of the Father.

 

Isa 43:11 “I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior.”

 

In the age of the Father, who was the Savior? (Jehovah) Then, when the age changed to the age of the Son, who was the Savior?

 

Ac 4:11-12 He is “‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

 

Who was the Savior in the age of the Son? (Jesus) As the age changed from the age of the Father to the age of the Son, the name of the Savior changed from Jehovah to Jesus.

God gave us a different name for the Savior in each age. So, each name has a time limit. In the age of the Father, people were saved only by the name of the Father; and in the age of the Son, people were saved only by the name of the Son.

Now it is neither the age of the Father, nor the age of the Son. We live in the age of the Holy Spirit. Then the name of the Savior must also change. Let’s find the name of the Savior in the age of the Holy Spirit.

 

Rev 3:12 “Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name.”

 

Here, “I” is Jesus. So, “my new name” is Jesus’ new name. Jesus’ new name cannot be “Jesus” because it is a new name.

 

Rev 2:17 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.”

 

The stone here is not a real stone. Let’s go to 1 Peter chapter 2 to find whom the stone represents.

 

1 Pe 2:4 As you come to him [Jesus], the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him—

In the New Testament, a stone represents Jesus. So, when we substitute “the stone” for “Jesus” in Revelation 2:17, the new name written on the stone is Jesus’ new name. As the world does not yet know Jesus’ new name, the Bible says that it is known only to him who receives it. This new name is the name of the Savior in the age of the Holy Spirit.

 

Whose witnesses must people be in each age?

Next, let’s think from the age of the Father first.

 

Isa 43:10 “You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen ….”

 

In the age of the Father, whose witnesses did people have to be? Jehovah. Why was that? It was because the Savior in the age of the Father was Jehovah. Then, whose witnesses should people be if it changed to the age of the Son?

 

Ac 1:6-8 So when they met together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

 

In the age of the Son, whose witnesses did people have to be? Jesus. Why was that? That’s because the Savior changed from Jehovah to Jesus, as the age of the Father changed to the age of the Son. The mission of witnesses is to testify the Savior in their age.

We live in the age of the Holy Spirit. Then, whose witnesses must we be? Of course, we must be the witnesses of the new name. It is because the new name is the name of the Savior in the age of the Holy Spirit.

 

In whose name must people pray in each age?

Ps 116:4 Then I called on the name of the LORD : “O LORD, save me!”

 

In the age of the Father, in whose name did people pray? Jehovah. Why was that? It was because the Savior in the age of the Father was Jehovah.

People’s prayers can only be answered when they pray in the name of the Savior in their own age. In whose name did people pray when the age of the Father changed to the age of the Son?

Let’s take a look at John 16:24.

 

Jn 16:24 “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”

 

Then, in whose name had the disciples prayed until that time? They had prayed in the name of Jehovah the Savior in the age of the Father. However, this taught that people in that age had to pray in the name of Jesus the Savior in the age of the Son, because the age of the Father changed to the age of the Son.

We live neither in the age of the Father, nor in the age of the Son. The age changed to the age of the Holy Spirit. In whose name must we pray, then? Of course we must pray in the new name, the name of the Savior in the age of the Holy Spirit.

 

Whose name must people call on for their salvation in each age?

Joel 2:32 And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.

 

In the age of the Father, whose name did people call on to be saved? Jehovah.

 

Ro 10:9-13 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved… “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

 

In the age of the Son, whose name did people call on to be saved? Jesus.

We live in the age of the Holy Spirit. Whose name must we call on to be saved now? We must call on the new name to be saved. It is because the new name is the name of the Savior in the age of the Holy Spirit.

In this age that we live in, we must know the new name. Then we can receive the salvation of our soul, which is the purpose of our faith. How can we know the new name? We can know it only through the Bible (Jn 5:39). Let’s find the new name, the name of the Savior in the age of the Holy Spirit, through the prophecies of the Bible. And let’s receive the name and be saved.