- Three things catch our attention immediately: the hidden manna; the new name; and the white stone.
- The “hidden manna” is that which shall spiritually sustain us throughout eternity. John 6:51; Revelation 2:7.
- The “new name” reminds us of Jacob’s name being change to Israel after the great wrestling match! Isaiah 62:2; Acts 11:26; Isaiah 56:5.
- The white stone bears three interpretations: acquittal; hospitality; and victory. The last is the usage I understand.
- There are three great victories that enable us to “overcome.”
The Battle with Doubt.
- Not all drift into the kingdom like a ship at high tide. (1) Abraham- Genesis 13:8; (2) John the Baptist- Matthew 11:3; (3) Peter- Matthew 14:31; (4) Martha- John 11:29; (5) Thomas- John 20:25.
- We agonize over many questions: Is there really a God? Is Jesus really the Son of God? Is the Bible really the word of God? Is the church really necessary? Is baptism really essential?
- In the end, we will know victory. I John 5:4; Psalms 1:1, 2.
The Battle with Sin.
- Sin is a problem for every life. Romans 3:23. Some always seem to walk in sunshine; and others always pass through some moral storm! We know that Satan wants to be our Master. John 13:2; 2 Corinthians 4:4; I Peter. 5:4.
- Why does this battle continue to rage in our hearts after being saved? (1) Old habits- Romans 7:18, 19; (2) Uneducated conscience-Acts 24:16; (3) Lack of knowledge of things being wrong- Ephesians 4:22-24; I Peter 2:11; (4) Influence of old associations- John 18:18, 25; I Corinthians 15:33.
- The Psalms of David are not the fruit of David’s sins; but of his struggle against sin. We too can win this battle. I Corinthians 10:13
The Battle with Afflictions.
- Every Christian will attend this school sometime. II Timothy 3:12
- Many are the rooms of suffering: (1) Physical- II Corinthians 12:7; (2) Emotional- II Samuel 18:38; 19:4; (3) Financial- I Timothy 6:9
- Nothing can separate us from the love of God. Romans 8:35-37
- Are you overcoming or being overcome? 12:21; Rev. 12:11
- After the battles are over, we can say: II Timothy 4:6-8; Revelation 21:7