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White Gladiator Stone
(Revelation 2.17)
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"Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it." (Revelation 2.17)✞

Tessera

GladiatorsIn the ancient Roman civilization, a successful gladiator was the most admired hero of all. The word "gladiator" came from the name of the sword or "gladius" he or she carried and the gladiator was therefore basically a "swordsman" or if female, a "swordswoman." Both men and women appeared in the Colosseum and other area arenas such as at Verona which still stands virtually as it was in Roman times today. Gladiators who were mostly slaves or captives from wars had to fight again and again until he or she was either killed in combat or allowed by the governor of the games to retire! If the gladiator had had a specially illustrious career, when they grew old, they were permitted an honorable retirement as well as a parting gift.✞

Swordsmen And Swordswomen

Roman TesseraSuch men and women were given a white gladiator stone otherwise called a "Tessera" with the letters "SP" inscribed upon it. "SP" stood for the Latin word "spectatus," which means "a man whose valor has been proved beyond a doubt." With this token a gladiator's fame was established. The stone token allowed special privileges as befitted their honored status. In other situations, tesserae were used to cast lots by which a black tessera determined guilt and a white one established innocence. Following the Olympic Games, winners were given a parade of honor in their own countries and presented with a white stone which bore the winner's name. This was a kind of pension for the individual for the rest of his days. On other occasions, a white stone was also sometimes split in two as a mark of friendship between two persons and the two halves guaranteed a warm welcome when visiting the other's territory. A "tessera" was also the name given to the tiny square pieces of colored stone or glass used on decorative panels and mosaic floors.✞

Gladiator Russell Crowe

Gladiator Russell CroweChristians are still gladiators for Christ and when they have proved their valor in the battle of life, they are allowed to enter with honor into the rest which Christ gives them. They will be presented with "a white tessera stone" bearing a new name, possibly that of Jesus or simply the name of "Devout Christian" for faithfulness and a job well done. What an honor that will be!✞

"White Gladiator Stone"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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