Certainly the individual named Saul is in the Book.
Certainly the individual named Paul is in the Book.
They are after all the same person.
They are not two different persons.
Yes - same person, but two different natures. The new name corresponds to the new nature. The old name corresponds to the old nature.
Old nature = physical, carnal
New nature = spiritual, reborn in Christ
The old nature is not saved. It is destroyed. It is replaced with the new nature.
Saul's old nature was to persecute and kill - he did this to the letter of the law, yet completely missed the spirit of the law: LOVE YOUR ENEMY.
The point is that God gives us a new name different than our earthly name on the white stone which we will be known by throughout eternal LIFE.
I think the name we have throughout eternal LIFE, the one on the white stone, is the same name that we are known by in the Lamb's Book of LIFE
The Lamb gives you your new name on a white stone.
The Lamb has His Book of Life with your name in it.
I think the Name the Lamb has for you in the Book.
is the same name the Lamb gives you from the Book.
This is NOT the same name as you are known by here on Earth.
So a person may well have a public name in heaven known to all
and a private name just between him and the lamb.
But, we understand that at this point this is mere speculation.
I agree here. The point is that it is the new name that is written in the book of life. Perhaps we are getting hung up on the specific name. Whether in the case of Saul/Paul if the specific new name is "Paul" that is written in the BoL, we cannot know for sure.
In my mind the BoL is highly symbolic - spiritual. I don't believe it is a literal book written with literal ink. It is most likely representing Christ Himself. See "The book of the
life of the lamb".
Back to Saul/Paul: I was reading some scholar's thoughts on why he had two names.
Saul was a Hebrew name, and Paul was possibly his Roman name. It is possibly he had both names. He may have changed which name he used to identify more with the Romans.
It could also possibly signify a change in nature (which obviously he did have a change of nature).
The name Saul has meanings of 'desired', 'great', 'tall' - it references King Saul.
The name Paul has meanings of 'little' or 'humility'.
So Saul changed from being great to being humble (Paul).
Now is this the actual name that is written on the 'white stone'? I don't know - but I believe the white stone is also highly symbolic, so questioning exactly what Paul's new name is
is probably irrelevant.
The bible is highly symbolic with many layers. The physical is representing what happens in the spiritual. So the fact that Saul/Paul had 2 names in the physical seems to me to be a type/shadow for the spiritual.
The point is Saul/Paul got a new name - his new name is in the BoL, his old name is not. Is the individual Saul/Paul not saved because his carnal name is not in the BoL? No of course not. The carnal nature was destroyed. That is how he was saved.
So how does this relate to names being blotted out? I'm not exactly sure at this point. Perhaps it is the carnal nature that is blotted out. Saul was blotted out. But Paul (or whatever his new name is) was in the BoL.