“The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory. You shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord will name” (Isaiah 62:2).
“And the disciples were first called Christians at Antioch” (Acts 11:26).
Last week we noticed that the word ‘Christian’ only appears three times in the Bible, namely, Acts 11:26; 26:28; and 1 Peter 4:16. But there are other ways that this name is indicated, as well as the emphasis of the necessity of the name of Jesus (Acts 4:12; Philippians 2:9-11).
There are those who have said that the name ‘Christian’ was given by the Lord’s enemies in derision in a scornful, mocking way of ridicule. But this is not true according to the Bible as shown by the above verses. God gave this new name of ‘Christian’ to the disciples of Christ. It is a name that honors Christ which is the first part of the word ‘Christian.’ To illustrate for example, as the name Pennsylvania honors the name of William Penn who founded this state.
We should wear the name ‘Christian’ with pride because it is a worthy name. It is a name that we should always honor and respect, and live in such a way that we would never bring any shame or reproach on that name. We should never dishonor or disrespect the name ‘Christian’ in any way (1 Peter 4:14-16).
There are songs that refer to this “precious name,” and that it is the “sweetest name on mortal tongue.” Other songs state “glory to His name” and that He is worthy of every exaltation. The song based on Revelation 5:12, states, “Worthy of praise is Christ our Redeemer, Worthy glory, honor, and power! Worthy of all our soul’s adoration, Worthy art Thou, Worthy art thou,” etc.
- Douglas M. Williams Sr