Spiritual Meaning of REVELATION 2:3
AR 80. Verse 3. And hast borne and hast endurance. That it signifies the patience with them is evident without explanation.
AR 81. And for My name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted, signifies their study and endeavor to procure for themselves and also to teach the things which are of religion and its doctrine. By the "name" of Jehovah or of the Lord, in the Word, is not meant His name, but everything by which He is worshiped. And because He is worshiped in the church according to doctrine, by His "name" is meant the all of doctrine, and, in the universal sense, the all of religion. The reason why these things are meant by "the name" of Jehovah, is, because in heaven no other names are given but what involve the quality of any one, and the quality of God is all that by which He is worshiped. He who does not know this signification of "name" in the Word, can only understand name; and in this alone there is nothing of worship and religion. He that keeps in mind, therefore, this signification of the "name of Jehovah," wherever it occurs in the Word, will understand of himself what is signified by it in the following places:--
In that day shall ye say, confess Jehovah, call upon His name (Isa. 12:4).
O Jehovah, we have waited for Thee: the desire of our soul is to Thy name, by Thee only will we make mention of Thy name (Isa. 26:8, 13).
From the rising of the sun shall he call upon My name (Isa. 41:25).
From the rising of the sun even unto its setting, My name shall be great among the nations; and in every place incense shall be offered unto My name; for My name shall be great among the nations; ye have profaned My name, when ye say, the table of Jehovah is polluted; and ye puff at My name when ye bring that which is torn, and lame, and sick (Mal. 1:11-13).
All people walk in the name of his God, and we will walk in the name of Jehovah our God (Micah 4:5).
Everyone that is called by My name, I have created him in My glory, I have formed him (Isa. 43:7).
Thou shalt not take the name of thy God in vain; for Jehovah will not hold him innocent that taketh His name in vain (Deut. 5:11).
They shall worship Jehovah in one place where He will put His name (Deut. 12:5, 11, 13, 14, 18; 16:2, 6, 11, 15, 16).
Who cannot see that in these, name alone is not meant? The same is signified in the New Testament by the name of the Lord, as in the following:--
Jesus said, Ye shall be hated of all for My name‘s sake (Matt. 10:22; 24:9, 10).
Where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them (Matt. 18:20).
And everyone that hath forsaken houses, brethren, sisters, for My name’s sake, shall receive an hundred-fold, and eternal life (Matt. 19:29).
As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, to them that believe on His name (John 1:12).
Many believed in His name (John 2:23).
He that believeth not is judged already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God (John 3:17, 18).
They who believe will have life in His name (John 20:31).
Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord (Matt. 21:9; 23:39; Luke 13:35; 19:38).
That the Lord as to His Human is the name of the Father, appears in these places:--
Father, glorify Thy name (John 12:28).
Hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come (Matt. 6:9; Exod. 23:20, 21; Jer. 23:6; Micah 5:4).
That name, applied to others, signifies the quality of worship, appears in the following passages:--
The shepherd of the sheep calleth his own sheep by their name (John 10:3).
Thou hast a few names in Sardis (Apoc. 3:4).
I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, and My new name (Apoc. 3:12).
From these passages it may appear, that "for My name‘s sake thou hast laboured, and hast not fainted," signifies the study and endeavour to procure for themselves, and also to teach, the things which are of religion and its doctrine.REVELATION 2:3 previous - next - text - summary - Revelation - Full Page
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