God Will Give You a New Name

If you’re ever on the island of Anglesey, Wales, be sure and visit a town with one of the longest names in the English language.

It’s the quaint little village named Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. No joke. (The short form is Llanfairpwllgwyngyll).

Click play to hear a Welsh speaker pronounce the name:

God Will Give You a New Name

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The name means: “The Church of St. Mary in a hollow of white hazel, near to the rapid whirlpool, and to St. Tisilio Church, near to a red cave.”

As strange as that mouthful may seem, it strikes me as quite biblical. A name in the Bible is often a description of the person himself or herself—or of what the parents would like their child to become.

God gives names as well. Even more significant is when He changes a name.

In fact, did you know God will give you a new name?

What’s in a Name? Plenty.

Have you ever found out what your name means?

  • My wife’s name means: “Pure.”
  • My brother’s means: “Gift of God.”
  • You know what my name means? It means: “Wagon Maker.” (Hey, at least I’m not walking.)

More significant than a name given at birth occurs when God changes a name. Abraham, Sarah, (Jacob) Israel, and Peter are a few of the new names the Lord gave to people.

When God changes a name, it indicates that something new has happened or will happen to that person—a new relationship, a new character quality, or a new phase of life. We see this somewhat today when a wife takes the name of her husband. It represents a change in her life, both in the eyes of God and of society.

Simon’s New Name: Peter

My favorite name change in the Bible is Peter. His original name, Simon, is a Greek nickname that means: “snub-nosed.” (And you thought “wagon maker” was bad!) Actually, Simon is a derivative of the Hebrew name, Simeon, which means: “God has heard.”

Jesus changed Simon’s name the moment they met. Jesus looked at him, and said:

You are Simon the son of John; you shall be called Cephas (which is translated Peter). —John 1:42

Peter means: “Rock.” Jesus later revealed how Peter would be a rock:

  • Peter’s great confession at Caesarea Philippi that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the Living God,” represented the bedrock upon which Jesus promised to build his church (Matthew 16:16-18).
  • Peter’s repentance after his failure would enable him, in the words of Jesus, “when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers” (Luke 22:32).

The Lord saw past Simon’s imperfections to what he could be and what would be. It’s the same with us.

St. Mary's Church at Anglesey, Wales

(Photo: St. Mary’s Church at Anglesey, Wales, by Eric Jones CC-BY-SA-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

God Will Give You a New Name

Like Peter, Jesus sees in you what you can be—regardless of what you are. God knows what we are and loves us just the same, but He loves us enough to not leave us that way (Philippians 1:6).

God loves us just as we are, but His love won’t leave us as we are. He is changing us. (Tweet that.)

Whoever trusts in Jesus for forgiveness of sins, the One who is the “Name above all names,” receives a new name—“Christian”—and also a new life, a new purpose, and a new destiny.

Look at what Jesus promised to all who believe in Him:

I will give him . . . a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it. . . . 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 out of heaven from My God, and My new name. (Revelation 2:17; 3:12)

Just look at those names Jesus will bestow on you!

  • A new name known only to you.
  • The name of God.
  • The name of Jerusalem.
  • Jesus’ new name.

You new name is either the name of Jesus Himself, or perhaps, like Peter, Jesus will give you a brand new name that represents the change He has brought about in you.

Hopefully, it won’t be as long as Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.

Question: What would you like your name to be—and why? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  • Justin Ashburn

    I’ve learned, as I have read, that I am a sinner, I know and understand that I fall short of the grace of our Lord. I have placed my faith and love into Jesus, who has died for our sins… I don’t get it right more often than not. I cannot bring myself to choose my own name because to me, I feel that my integrity of being a devote christian has been quite deficient. I try… a lot… but still fail. We are programmed to make mistakes. Just as a toddler who doesn’t comprehend the repercussions of actions until trial and error finally becomes trial and accomplishment. Those baby steps that are made perhaps contribute to making me a better pupil to our Lord and savior, but we aren’t judged by our milestones and accomplishments, we are judged by every aspect of our lives. If I can make amends in the due time that Determines my name in the book of life, and my place by our Fathers throne, I am assured that the name that “I AM” gives me will be just as beautiful as any other that receives His glorified blessings into Heaven. Be strong all of you who read this comment… I pray for you as well. God Bless!!!

    • http://www.waynestiles.com/ Wayne Stiles

      Those are some great thoughts, Justin. Thanks so much. God’s grace gives room for growth, indeed.

  • Nettie Maxted

    I don’t know what I would like my new name to be but I don’t feel happy with the name I was born with.

    • http://www.waynestiles.com/ Wayne Stiles

      Whatever your new name will be, Nettie, if you’re with the Lord it will be beautiful. God bless.

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