‘To him who overcomes…’- Part 2
Jesus pointed out the strengths, which each of the Seven Churches in The book of Revelation had and their weaknesses and sins, which they needed to overcome. To each of the churches in Asia Minor, Jesus dangled rewards they would receive, if they overcame their challenges, “to him who overcomes…” To overcome, we must lay aside the weights and the sins that hold us back from progressing.
We must put on the whole armour of God and must be ready to fight the fight of faith, if we desire to overcome. We must put on the whole armour of God, which includes the armour of truth, the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the Word of God, and prayer. The other armours include the blood of the lamb and the holiness garb, among others. We overcome not by our strength but in the power and grace of He Who overcame at the cross. “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37 NKJV).
As one commentator wrote, “The overcomers in each church in Asia Minor did so, not by their actions—rather their actions are an indication of their identification with the Overcomer, Jesus Christ (John 16:33; 1 John 4:4). John indicates that those who overcome do so by way of their relationship with God: I write to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, because you have known the Father. (1 John 2:13) [Emphasis added]. Those who overcome do so by trusting in Christ and His sacrifice, remaining unwavering in their faith, even when faced with death (Rev. 12:11). They inherit all things because of their position in Christ as sons of God (Rev. 21:7).”
As predicted by Jesus and the Apostle Paul, the times we live in are perilous and uncertain (Matthew 24:12,13; 2 Timothy 3:1-4). The daily happenings will task the wills and capacities of Christians, and men would require divine grace and abilities to survive. As Jesus forewarned, “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” But he who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 24:12-13 NKJV). So, the Church must teach and prepare believers on how to overcome these End Times.
Paul said to the Corinthians that “all things” belonged to them. “Therefore, let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours” (I Corinthians 3:21, 22 NKJV). Is that so? Are all things theirs for real? Did Paul mean that all things belonged to the Christians in Corinthian who were immature and carnal? (1 Corinthians 1:7, 1 Corinthians 3:1-4). Are all things theirs simply because they belonged to Christ or were there conditions? John provides an answer to this conundrum, when he says, “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son” (Revelation 21:7 NKJV). Yes, Jesus has paid the price for all things, yet we have to overcome before we can inherit all things. This is not to say that we possess all things by works. No, it simply means that all things belong to those who persevere by faith like Jesus did (Hebrews 12:1-2).
Without doubt, God has given us all things through Christ, but we must persevere to appropriate them (Romans 8:32). Satan works relentlessly to rob us of our inheritance. contact:firstname.lastname@example.org
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