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The Hidden Manna

21.03.2018, Daniel Glimm


Jesus Christ, The Mystery Of God

Paul makes it clear in his letter to the Colossians, that Jesus Christ is the mystery of God, in which all treasures are hidden in the form of wisdom and knowledge (see Colossians 2:2-3).
 
Colossians 2:2-3:
2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,
3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

The Entry Into The Deeper Understanding Of God's Truth

According to this, it is important to the Father in Heaven that we enter and live in a deeper understanding of His truth, which is Jesus Christ.
 
Therefore, God has instructed His servants to teach and support His people by unlocking the mysteries in Jesus Christ for this time, related to the hidden manna, so that the saints would achieve spiritual maturity which is needed for the coming time.

The Higher Measure Of Revelatory Knowledge

It is essential that we as the people of God move in a higher measure of revelation than we did in the past, according to the message to the church of Pergamon (note: means 'stronghold'). The higher measure of this revelatory knowledge is equal to the 'hidden manna' mentioned in Revelation 2:17b.
 
Revelation 2:17b:
… 17b To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. …

The gift of the hidden manna contains the spiritual nourishment of the 'undiscovered' Word of God, leading people to entering into a new facet of identity in Christ through revelatory knowledge, which has not been known up to the present time (see Revelation 2:17c).
 
Revelation 2:17c:
… 17c I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.

This spiritual nourishment means taking up the Word of God in the spirit for this or the coming time, as the seat of the spirit is located in the area of the belly and stomach (see John 6:32-35; Matthew 4:4 i.c.w. John 7:38).
 
John 6:32-35:
32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread (note: manna) from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread (note: manna) from heaven.
33 For the bread (note: manna) of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
34 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread (note: manna).”
35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread (note: manna) of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
 
Matthew 4:4:
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
 
John 7:38:
“ … 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”

The Manna At The Time Of Moses

While the people of Israel were in the wilderness under the leadership of Moses, it was the manna (note: word => truth), which manifested itself overnight (note: undiscovered) together with the dew (note: revelation => knowledge) on the soil of the desert ground (see Exodus 16:13b-14).
 
Exodus 16:13b-14:
… 13b and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp.
14 When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor.

A part of the manna was commanded to be placed in the ark of the covenant by Aaron, which is a representation of Jesus Christ (see Exodus 16:32-33 i.c.w. Hebrews 9:4b).
 
Exodus 16:32-33:
32 Moses said, “This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Take an omer of manna and keep it for the generations to come, so they can see the bread I gave you to eat in the wilderness when I brought you out of Egypt.’ ”
33 So Moses said to Aaron, “Take a jar and put an omer of manna in it. Then place it before the Lord to be kept for the generations to come.”
 
Hebrews 9:4b:
… 4b This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant.

So, it becomes very clear that the manna that Jesus Christ gives according to Revelation 2:17b is concealed in Him. Jesus Christ gives His hidden manna to those who are aware of their position as a spiritual principality (note: Pergamon => stronghold) in Him. As a result, the Holy Spirit leads saints to a supernatural understanding of the depths of God through the Holy Spirit, as revealed in 1 Corinthians 2:10-16.
 
1 Corinthians 2:10-16:
… 10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.
13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.
14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.
15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

In connection with that scripture the term 'hidden manna' can also be called 'manna of the Spirit'. It means the things that only the spirit can receive and which cannot be analyzed by the human mind or sense.

The Meaning Of Manna

The Hebrew word for 'manna' literally means => A) 'what' or ' the what' because of the question 'What is it?' of the people of Israel at their time of transition in the wilderness. B) The manna signifies the divine provisions of grace which are demonstrated in the miraculous. C) It also indicates the nourishment that can only come from God. That is why Christ described the manna in John 6:31-58 as nourishment in the Person of Himself. The Bible says that the Lord has fed the Israelites in the desert with manna. D) Manna was considered the food of heaven. As divine nourishment, the manna represented spiritual thoughts and ideals (see Psalm 78:25; Exodus 16; Joshua 5:12). From John 6 we can see that the manna is Jesus Christ. Revelation 2:17 adds that the manna is spiritual in its origin. <= (part excerpt of the 'Prophet's Dictionary' by Paula A. Price, Ph. D.; page 327)
 
The Concealed Manna – The Manna Of The Spirit

Furthermore, the hidden manna also contains the things you can't remember of a dream you had, for example, even though you might have prepared the dream field well. One of the reasons for God's encoding is because these hidden things are meant to make our spirits stronger, similar to what happens when we pray in tongues (see 1 Corinthians 14:2.4a).
 
1 Corinthians 14:2.4a:
2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. …
4a Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, …
 
The Manna Of The Mind

Finally, all other things that we can remember of any sequence of a God given dream serve to interpret them with the Holy Spirit. By this analyzing and interpreting, our mind is submitted to Him (note: Holy Spirit) in order to receive God's spiritual instruction for us in the earthly realm.

The Necessity Of Spiritual Hunger

In summary, it can be said that similar to the procedure of intake of food in the natural, human beings must first have a hunger or appetite for food as a desire in order to being able to willingly take up food. Therefore, it may occasionally be necessary to examine or reflect yourself to realize to what extent you have a spiritual hunger for more of Christ. Maybe you can reflect on the things which slow down such a desire to get more of Christ. As saints, we are called to comprehend the depths of Christ and receive His hidden manna in our spirit with gratitude.
 
Amen and Amen.
 
In His Wisdom,
 
Daniel Glimm




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