June 4th 2010

Henry Vill

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.”
Revelation 3:12 (NIV)

“Nana, I have been to the Tower of London and I saw a King of England.”

My granddaughter’s excitement spilled out as she described the events of a school outing. “Which King was that darling?” I asked. She replied, “He was Henry Vill.” Whereupon Henry VIII rolled over in his Tudor tomb in Windsor Castle! Had she named him so in Henry’s time she may well have lost her head!

So what is in a name? Why are they important? Our parent’s choose our names from their own flight of fancy and we bear them for the rest of our lives. If we resemble the meaning of our name it is more by chance and co-incidence. It would be natural therefore to give no significance to the meaning of names and the association with their owners. Ironically, some of the most popular gifts are those which bear people’s monogram. Mugs, pens, combs, brushes, key rings, wallets, handkerchiefs, personal clothing, towels etc., all bearing the owner’s name. Is it a matter of ownership—the name is mine for better or for worse, it belongs to me and I don’t mind people recognising it on my possessions? Our physical parents give us a badge that lasts till death, and in fact beyond because we are identified by it for posterity by those who remember us.

If we are discontent or indifferent to our name there is good news. For each of us there is a new name waiting for us when we meet Jesus Christ. Unlike our parents, he has known us since the earth began; therefore the name will suit us perfectly—it will be God’s name for us (Revelation3:12). Our spiritual parent created us from dust into the physical realm, and will ultimately give us a new body with a brand new name.

These are the gifts of our Father in heaven—not only do we have the promise of eternal life; we have a new name to look forward to. I wonder what Henry Tudor’s will be!


Father, you have known and loved us from the beginning of time—it is hard for us to comprehend just how special we are to you. Thank you for your divine love and patience with us—we are unworthy, but you see fit in your infinite mercy to bless us anyway. We are honoured to be called yours and to share your name forever.

Study by Irene Wilson 

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