and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name." Period. That was it! Both in heaven and on earth! Adam looked at the elephant and called it "elephant," and that became that! He looked at giraffe and called it "giraffe" and that became it's name. Even the first woman, Eve. The man looked at her and named her "Eve," and that became her name. Whatever name man gave any creature, that became its name and even heaven said "Amen" and registered it in eternal records. In other words, your name that man gave you is not only known here on earth but also in heaven and will be so even after this life.
Did you know, for instance, whenever an angel appeared to someone, they called them by their name? For example, "Annanias," or "Manaoh," or "Abram," etc. Why I am saying all these? To show you that I am not downplaying the power of man's names, and that there is actually power in what men have called you.
A very good example is found in John 1:42 regarding Peter. We read, "And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, (which, when translated, is Peter.)"
We see that Jesus acknowledged Peter's existing name as "Simon bar Jonah." He said, "You are . . . but you will be . . ." You are Simon now. That's what People called you. That's what your mother and father called, and still call you. And as a result, that's what you call yourself, but you will be called Peter. This is future. You will be called "Cephas."
When did this future naming take place? It's found in Matthew 16:18, which reads, "And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it." Jesus was no longer saying, "You will be Cephas," but rather "You are," it's now, present tense. Peter was now Cephas.
What happened for the shift to take place in Peter's life? Revelation. Peter started operating in revelation of who God says he is, not what man (including himself) says he was. And that's what will happen to you as well when you start operating in revelation of who God says you are, and not man.
Let's look at the passage in whole and in context - Matthew 16:13-20:
"When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples,
(We will pick up from there next time - Coming soon!)