The Lord’s New Name

Q. Revelation 19:13 says, “He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.” I looked up the name “Word of God” and I could not find it in any other place but this. In the book of John he is called the “Word”, “the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Is this of some significance or is this just Christ by another name? Also in the previous verse John seems to see a name written on Him that know one knows but he himself. Why would John tell us this with no explanation of what it is or could mean?

A. Matthew and Luke give us two versions of the Lord’s Earthly genealogy. Matthew’s is through Joseph and Luke’s is through Mary. In John 1:1 we’re given the Lord’s eternal genealogy. He is with God and He is God. By His description in Rev. 19:13, it’s clear that John was speaking of the Lord there as well. The Bible doesn’t offer any further detail on what His new name is. Perhaps John mentioned it because in the letter to Philadelphia we’re told that the Lord will give us His new name, too. (Rev. 3:12)

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