Rev 2:17 KJV
(17) 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.
What is the “hidden manna” that is promised to those who are victorious over this world? Christ clearly teaches us that He is that manna from heaven…
Joh 6:47-51 KJV – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
Why does eating bread picture the salvation experience of the believer?
- When a person is saved they are appropriating Christ and His work to their very person. When bread is eaten that is appropriating the nutrients found in the bread to the physical body of the one partaking of that bread.
- The saved individual becomes one with Christ, just as He becomes one with the saint. When an individual partakes of bread, the bread and the one eating the bread becomes one.
- When saved, Christ’s work is applied to the saved person making him into a new creature in Christ. When the individual partakes of the bread, the bread aids the process of physical change (growth and maturity).
- At salvation, Christ enters into the saint in the person of the indwelling Holy Spirit. When an individual eats bread, the bread enters into the body of the individual.
This is why the partaking of Christ and His work, through saving faith, is pictured as eating the manna which comes from heaven.
When Christ promises that overcomers will be given” to eat of the hidden manna”, He is promising that true believers will partake of Christ on an enhanced level throughout eternity. Once we receive our glorified bodies, we will experience Christ in a much more clear and intimate way. Our knowledge of Him will become greater, our relationship to Him will be much closer, and we will forever live in His presence.
1Co 13:12 KJV – For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
1Jn 3:2 KJV – Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
What a blessing eternity will be for all of God’s people! Just think about it. We will be dwelling with our Savior and our Lord, enjoying an intimate relationship with Him. May we all allow this promise to encourage our hearts to serve Him in greater ways as we enter our day, and the rest of our lives.
The wonderful promise given to the believing members of the church… For those who are victorious over the dark forces of the world, the Lord will give to them “hidden manna”. This is speaking of the Lord giving to His people a type of nourishment that cannot be seen in this temporal world…. a more intimate relationship with Him. In other words, in eternity the Lord will give to His people a much greater knowledge of Himself and a much greater communion with Himself (1 Cor 13:12).
May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
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