The Overcomer

Rev. 3:21 “He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne; as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

JESUS IS VICTORIOUS IN OVERCOMING EVERY TRIAL WE MAY EVER FACE. Joh. 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” Rev. 5:5 “And one of the elders said to me, ‘Stop weeping, behold the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.‘”

WE ENTER INTO HIS VICTORY BY TRUSTING, BELIEVING IN HIM. 1Jo. 5:4-5 “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world, and this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith. And who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” Joh. 1:12 “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.

IN THE BATTLE OF LIGHT VERSUS DARKNESS, WE OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD. Rom. 12:21 “Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.” 2Pe. 2:19 “For by whatever a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.

OUR VICTORY OVER SATAN AND THE WORLD IS IN THREE STAGES. Rev. 3:11 “And they overcame him (Satan) because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death.

FIRST, THERE MUST BE SALVATION. This was provided by the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross in our place. Because He bore our sins, we may receive His righteousness in simple faith. (cf. 2Co. 5:21; Rom. 4:3, Rom. 4:23-24)

NEXT, THERE MUST BE SPIRITUAL GROWTH IN HIS WORD. The “word of their testimony” means the word to which they testify. The power of the word of God is not realized until it is received by faith into our life. (cf. Heb. 4:2, Heb 4:12; Mat. 4:4; Psa. 119:105)

FINALLY, THERE MUST BE THE SACRIFICE OF SELF EVEN UNTO DEATH. Jesus’ demand for discipleship was simple, “He who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.” (Mat. 10:38) and “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” (Mat. 16:24) The application of this by the apostle Paul was, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phi. 1:21)

THE VICTORY THAT BEGINS AT SALVATION WILL END IN HEAVEN. Rev. 21:7 “He who overcomes shall inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.

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