Sorry, my posts are slightly out of order!
This is the seventh post in a short series on Revelation 2&3 which are the letters of Jesus to the seven churches. We continue with the church of Pergamum.
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Revelation 2:17a ‘I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it known only to him who receives it.
This is such a beautiful and tender verse.
Small pebbles were used in the first century as admission tokens to allow the holder entrance into a theatre or suchlike.
Therefore the white stone in this verse speaks of our entrance into the Holy City, into the very presence of God, in the New Jerusalem, when it descends from heaven to earth.
Revelation 21:2 ‘I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride, beautifully dressed for her husband.’
The whiteness of the stone relates to the robes of righteousness we will be wearing.
Revelation 7:9 ‘After this, I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no-one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and tongue, standing before the throne of God and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.’
The most deft and talented of earthly tailors cannot fashion such robes; the weave of these garments comes from heaven itself.
Salvation is a gift that we cannot earn or buy. It comes by surrendering our very souls to the King of righteousness who stands before us with welcoming arms.
Psalm 62:1 ‘My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him.’
And the new name speaks of the deepened relationship we will have with God.
Revelation 22:3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city and his servants will serve Him. They will see His face and his name will be on their foreheads.’
And our new names will be personal and unique to ourselves. When we stand in this great multitude before the throne, we will not be just another unknown person in the crowd.
The eternal divinity of God will allow us to know God personally and for God to know us. We will not be just a statistic or number. We will spend the rest of eternity deepening our friendship with the God of all creation.
Hasten the day…
Tomorrow we explore the church of Thyatira. To get there now please click here.
My previous posts on Revelation 2 can be found by clicking below: