“Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it” (Revelation 2:17).
Celebrated Christian author and minister George MacDonald relates this commentary on the above verse:
The true name of a person is one which expresses the character, the nature, the being, the meaning of the person who bears it. It is the man’s own symbol,—his soul’s picture, in a word,—the sign which belongs to him and to no one else. Who can give a man this, his own name? God alone. For no one but God sees what the man is … It is only when the man has become his name that God gives him the stone with the name upon it, for then first can he understand what his name signifies. … Such a name cannot be given until the man is the name … that being whom God had in His thought when He began to make the child, and whom He kept in his thought through the long process of creation that went to realize the idea. To tell the name is to seal the success—to say, “In thee also I am well pleased.”
George MacDonald (1824 – 1905) was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister. He was also a pioneering figure in the field of fantasy literature and the mentor of fellow writer Lewis Carroll.
Any who have attended a wedding reception, or any great banquet for that matter, know that before taking one’s seat, one must consult a list to see what table and seat they have been assigned. Then, at the table, they will see a place card with their name upon it. Only then can they enjoy their rightful place at the table.
Only glorified sons and daughters of the Living God will be seated at His table for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. There, at that great feast, they will be called and known by the name which God alone has chosen for them—a new name which fully expresses all that they have become in Christ. Who knows but that the stone with our name engraved upon it might serve as the place card reserving our rightful place at the King’s table.