I will make you a pillar in the temple of God (Rev 3:12)

“If they prevail,

I will make them

A pillar

In the temple

Of my God.

They will never go out

Of it.

I will write

On them

The name of my God,

And the name

Of the city of my God,

The new Jerusalem

That comes down

From my God

Out of heaven,

And my own name.”

Ὁ νικῶν, ποιήσω αὐτὸν στῦλον ἐν τῷ ναῷ τοῦ Θεοῦ μου, καὶ ἔξω οὐ μὴ ἐξέλθῃ ἔτι, καὶ γράψω ἐπ’ αὐτὸν τὸ ὄνομα τοῦ Θεοῦ μου καὶ τὸ ὄνομα τῆς πόλεως τοῦ Θεοῦ μου, τῆς καινῆς Ἱερουσαλὴμ ἡ καταβαίνουσα ἐκ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ ἀπὸ τοῦ Θεοῦ μου, καὶ τὸ ὄνομά μου τὸ καινόν

John indicated that the Son of Man said, “If they prevail (Ὁ νικῶν), I will make them (ποιήσω αὐτὸν) a pillar (στῦλον) in the temple (ἐν τῷ ναῷ) of my God (τοῦ Θεοῦ μου).  They will never go out of it (καὶ ἔξω οὐ μὴ ἐξέλθῃ ἔτι).  I will write (καὶ γράψω) on them (ἐπ’ αὐτὸν) the name (τὸ ὄνομα) of my God (τοῦ Θεοῦ μου), and the name (καὶ τὸ ὄνομα) of the city (τῆς πόλεως) of my God (τοῦ Θεοῦ μου), the new Jerusalem (τῆς καινῆς Ἱερουσαλὴμ) that comes down (ἡ καταβαίνουσα) from my God (ἀπὸ τοῦ Θεοῦ μου) out of heaven (ἐκ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ), and my new name (καὶ τὸ ὄνομά μου τὸ καινόν).”  The Son of Man indicated that if they prevailed, he would make them a pillar in the eternal temple of God.  A pillar was a symbol of permanence.  They would be permanently in eternity.  They would be part of the living temple of God, as an honored person.  They would no longer be unstable.  There will be a lot of references to this heavenly temple throughout this work.  In fact, the Son of Man called this eternal temple the New Jerusalem Temple.  The prevailing Christians would never leave eternity.  The Son of Man was going to write on them the name of the New Jerusalem.  He referred to God as “my God”, not God the Father.  Thus, he was speaking from his human nature.  They would bear the name of God, the New Jerusalem, and the new name of Jesus Christ.  Clearly, this was meant for a Jewish Christian audience, but was open to all.  Would you want to be a pillar in the new heavenly Jerusalem Temple?

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