The Manna and Our White Stone.
Revelation 2:17. KJV. “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.”
The manna is “hidden” because it is given exclusively to those who believe in Christ for o nly they will reap the benefits of salvation. The unbelieving world that rejects Christ will never know the joy and satisfaction of becoming one with the Bread of Life.
The recipient of the hidden manna is specified in Revelation 2:17 as “the one who overcomes.” Those who endure in the faith despite trials and hardships. They are the true followers of Christ who successfully resist the power and temptations of this world and hold fast to faith in Christ until the end. It requires a dedicated faith in and dependence upon Christ, come what may, through thick and thin.
The 'New Name' written on the White Stone belongs to those who are given it for all eternity. Why the secrecy? No one else knowing the name can only mean that each redeemed individual will know and worship forever some part of the Divine that no one else will. Otherwise, why were we given individuality at creation? The God who loves all His creation created them individually and so must love each differently. If God loved each of us the same then we in turn would love not as individuals but en-mass and the result would be an unedifying monotone, just like an orchestra who played continuously the same note.
Eating the manna (Bread of Life) is to become one with Christ and receiving the White Stone points to each soul being able to understand its own unique, distinctive vision of the Christian God and in turn receive the love of God which is then offered back to God in a way like that of no other.
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