In verse 17, the Lord Jesus promises 3 things to those who refuse marriage with this ungodly world. First, He promises “hidden manna” which is spiritual food that only a separated Christian can receive. Second, the Lord promises “a white stone” which represents a verdict in a court of law. In other words, those who receive a white stone are pure, innocent and declared right in the sight of God for not removing the landmarks of separation and staying close to God. Third, our Savior promises a “new name” which speaks of a special, intimate affiliation with the Lord of glory for not defiling oneself with the ungodliness of this world. Be sure of this, there are five crowns that can be won by the believer, but there are also other “rewards” that will be given to “some,” not all. Those who decide to get cozy with this ungodly world will stand empty-handed, while the “weird, Bible-thumping, Fundamental, separated Christians” will be loaded down with crowns and rewards to cast at the Savior’s feet!
Pastor Joey Durham