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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Rewards to the Overcomer, continued
Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. (Revelation 3:12)
It was in a little Assembly of God Bible school in San Diego, in 1948, that I first came across Revelation 3:12 (above). It so impressed me that I wrote it in large letters in the back of my Rotherham Bible. That copy of Rotherham is now tattered but in the back is still the crude drawing of a pillar and the words of the verse.
Almost fifty years ago and that verse is as new and fresh today as it was then.
Think of it! To be a pillar in the eternal Temple of God!
Anyone who has studied the Old Testament knows the importance of each pillar in Solomon's Temple. To remove one pillar would be to destroy the strength, the symmetry, the beauty, and the symbolic meaning of the entire temple.
To be a pillar in the Temple of God, the dwelling place of the Father that is destined to be His home for the eternity of eternities, no one could ever ask for a more marvelous inheritance than this!
Compare the reward of becoming a pillar in the Temple of God with that of going to a mansion in the spirit Paradise. Would you rather get a house from God or be made the house of God? Our traditions certainly do not come up to the standard of the Bible!
"He shall go no more out." I love this. It means that wherever we are in the universe we are the house of God. God is in us for eternity governing and blessing His creatures. Here is eternal security.
The name of God will be written on the overcomer just as the mark of Antichrist is placed on the worldling. The name of God written on us means we now belong to God. All who see us will say, "This is a member of the royal priesthood. This person represents the rainbow throne!"
If was for this reason that we were born that we might be the dwelling place of God and His representative throughout His creation. You want to know your destiny? This is it if you prove to be faithful.
The name of the city of God, the new Jerusalem, will be written on the overcomers. This is because the new Jerusalem is a living city. Wherever you are, this is where the new Jerusalem is. All that is true of the new Jerusalem is true of you in miniature. You will bring the light of God wherever you go. This is Heaven come to earth. You will come down out of Heaven to the earth and be "God with us" to the saved nations.
The new name of Christ will be on you as belonging especially to Him. We will have a new name, as we said, because we have become a new creation. Christ also will have a new name because the eternal Logos has become a human being Son of God and Son of man. His name will be on you because you are married to Him, an eternal part of Him.
How do you like these apples? Sure got living in a silly mansion beat coming and going!
To be continued.