“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it“
He who has an ear
Jesus challenges those with a positive system of perception to divine truth. Those willing to hear what He says will receive a special blessing. Those indifferent to this message will not listen.
let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
Jesus says, “Use your system of perception toward divine things.” A system of perception is no good unless we use it. We may be positive to the Word of God but that will do no good unless we expose ourselves to what the Holy Spirit says to the churches through the Word of God.
To him who overcomes
A person who “overcomes” is a victor (2:7, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21; 21:7; 1 John 5:4. The overcoming here is the overcoming of the value system of the world. This person consistently walks in the Spirit. It is possible to defeat the influences around us.
I will give some of the hidden manna to eat.
Jesus promises two things to those who “overcome.” He promises them “hidden manna” and “white stone” with their name written on it. “Hidden manna” has to do with time and the “white stone” has to do with eternity.
Manna is the supernaturally provided food given to Israel during her wilderness wandering (Exodus 16; Numbers 11). Jesus promises “hidden manna” to those who live victorious lives. He hides this manna from the eyes of those who are negative toward Him. Jesus gives spiritual nourishment to those that live a life of victory.
And I will give him a white stone and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it
The importance of this stone is that Jesus writes our names on it. This indicates God’s acceptance of us and thus assurance of eternity and the blessings that come with eternity. A secret name is a name of intimacy. We receive full fellowship with the Lord when we overcome sin.
God blesses spiritual victors with special fellowship.
Those who stand against sexual immorality will get the blessing of Jesus the Lord. Those who resist sin, God blesses with special intimacy.