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Our new name

December 29, 2013

Scripture records several examples of saints who were given a new name by God. Others were given names by the kings they served. A very few, including Cyrus, and John the Baptist, and Jesus, were assigned a name before their birth. Prophecy indicates the saints who overcome will also be given new names. This seems to be connected with their becoming new members of the family of God, sons of God. In the table below the people who received new names, and promises about receiving a new name are listed, with Scripture references.

Assigned name Source Person assigned to Reference
Abraham Abram Genesis 17:5
Isaac Isaac Genesis 17:19
Israel Jacob Genesis 32:28
Zaphnathpaaneah Pharaoh Joseph Genesis 41:45
Cyrus Cyrus Isaiah 44:28; 45:1, 4
Belteshazzar the prince of the eunuchs; Nebuchadnezzar Daniel Daniel 1:7; 5:12
Shadrach the prince of the eunuchs Hananiah Daniel 1:7
Meshach the prince of the eunuchs Mishael Daniel 1:7
Abednego the prince of the eunuchs Azariah Daniel 1:7
John Gabriel John the Baptist Luke 1:13
Jesus Gabriel Jesus Luke 1:31
Cephas, Peter Jesus Simon John 1:42
Paul Saul Acts 13:9
The Word of God Jesus Revelation 19:13
King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords Jesus Revelation 19:16
Wonderful Jesus Isaiah 9:6
Counsellor Jesus Isaiah 9:6
The mighty God Jesus Isaiah 9:6
The everlasting Father Jesus Isaiah 9:6
The Prince of Peace Jesus Isaiah 9:6
Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending Jesus Revelation 1:8
a secret new name those who overcome Revelation 2:17
The Father’s name Jesus those who overcome Revelation 3:12
Jesus’ new name Jesus those who overcome Revelation 3:12
the name of the city of God, new Jerusalem Jesus those who overcome Revelation 3:12
Priests of the Lord Israel, the saints Isaiah 61:6
Ministers of our God Israel, the saints Isaiah 61:6
a new name Israel, the saints Isaiah 62:2
The redeemed of the Lord Israel, the saints Isaiah 62:12
Sought out Israel, the saints Isaiah 62:12
A city not forsaken Israel, the saints Isaiah 62:12
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