Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: September 5
“… thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name.” ~ Isaiah 62:2b
SAUL is to become Paul.
Simon will be Peter.
You and I [Eugenia Price, the author] will be “called by a new name” and there will be rejoicing in heaven over our new name. Because the Lord will name it, it will me tht we have been given new natures too. Just as Paul and Peter were changed from a Christ-persecutor and a thoughtless blasphemer, to a love-slave of Christ and the first disciple with enough spiritual perception to see that Jesus was the Son of God!
“Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” The rough, impetuous, weak-willed fisherman named Simon, did not see the great central truth of Christianity because he had been given a new name. He was given a new name because he was new enough to see!
“… praying … for us, that God would open us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which a I am also in bonds.” The once self seeking, Christ hater Saul, did not ask for prayer for an open door to preach Christ, for whom he was in bonds, because he had been given the new name of Paul. He was given a new name because of his new nature which caused him to write “… to me to live is Christ.”
Only “the mouth of the lord” can name our new names. Only He knows about our new natures because only He can give them to us. Something to sing about is the fact of our new names. The names He intended us to have in the first place. Not all old names made new. But new names.
“… If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passes away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ.”