Names in Heaven
The disciples were delighted. They had returned from their preaching mission having experienced blessing and power. Luke describes it: “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name” (Luke 10:17).
But there was something better in which they could rejoice. Their names were written in heaven.
Commenting on this text, Dr. H. A. Ironside wrote: “There is something far more blessed, however, than working miracles. That is the knowledge that one is right with God! The Lord Jesus told these exuberant disciples not to rejoice simply because demons were subject to them, but rejoice rather because their names were written in heaven. This is true of all who have trusted Christ for themselves. All such have their names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, and these names will never be erased, but will remain for all eternity.”
A study of heaven reveals that many things are happening there in preparation of the Christian’s arrival. Heaven is a blessed place. And it is important that our names are written there! The old song is right: “There’s a new name written down in glory… and its mine!”
If you are confident that your name is in the Lamb’s Book of Life, you can rejoice. You’ve a reason to be glad. Have you longed to perform miracles? Have you longed for great power? These cannot compare with the privilege of having your name written in heaven.
When you get to heaven you’ll not be a stranger.
Your name is written there!