And I entreat you also, true yoke fellow, help those women which labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also…
There is pathos in a human name, for it always represents a life, an experience, a history, a destiny. Sometimes in the Scriptures "names" mean souls (Acts 1:15).
I. SOME OBSERVATIONS.
1. It is a great thing to have a name in the New Testament. Think of the roll call in the sixteenth of Romans and the eleventh of Hebrews!
2. It is a great thing now to have a name in the family Bible; for that generally signifies Christian training and parental prayers.
3. It is a great thing to have a name upon the pages of a Church register. How affecting are these old manuals, with their lists of pious men and women, many of whom have passed into the skies!
4. It is the greatest thing of all to have a name in the Lamb's Book of Life. Beyond all fame (Matthew 11:11). Beyond all power (Luke 10:20).
II. SOME QUESTIONS.
1. In how many books is your name written now?
2. How can a human name be written securely in the Lamb's Book of Life?
3. To backsliders: Are you going to return to your name, or do you want it to come back to you?
4. To Christian workers: How many names have you helped to write in the Book of Life?
5. Is there any cheer in thinking how our names will sound when the "books are opened" in the white light of the throne?
(C. S. Robinson, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.