Promises to the Overcomer
Revelation 2:26–28, 3:5
Christ makes seven promises to the seven churches. All believers are overcomers - 1 John 5:4–5 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
- Overcomers are promised to share in the reign of Christ - 2:26–28
- There has been a history of global conflict between the nations.
- Christ’s kingdom will rule over all and over every nation (Daniel 2)
- This promise is based upon the prophetic promise the LORD gave to His Son to be crowned King and ruler over all the nations - Psalm 2
- Believers are promised to share in the reward of victory for being on Christ’s side.
- The morning star could refer directly to Jesus Himself (Revelation 22:16).
- Or the morning star, rather than Christ giving Himself, is Christ giving an exalted position in His kingdom. The morning star is the brightest star that shines to indicate the daybreak. Believers will shine forth like stars in the coming kingdom breaking forth like the day (Daniel 12:3; Matthew 13:43).
- Overcomers are promised an honorable place in the kingdom - 3:5
- The white garments represent purity and approval in the kingdom.
- To have one’s name blotted out of the Book of Life is eternal banishment, condemnation, and eternal death: Deuteronomy 9:14; Exodus 32:33; Deuteronomy 29:20; Psalm 69:28; Revelation 20:15
- It does not mean a loss of salvation. It seems in Psalm 69:28 that the wicked are written down only to have their names removed.
- It is a figure of speech (litotes) in which an affirmative is expressed by the negative of a contrary statement - John 6:37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.
- The Lamb’s Book of Life contains the names of all for whom Christ died. God will blot out the name of those who reject Christ as Savior. Luke 10:20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven; Revelation 17:8, 13:8
- To have one’s name not blotted out from the Book of Life is a certified and guaranteed entrance into the kingdom and eternal life.
- To have one’s name acknowledged is being given acceptance and affirming their place in the kingdom. Christ will “say the same thing” about believers in heaven that believers had said about Him on earth.
Beloved, let us rest our hope fully on the promises of Jesus Christ!
Promises to the Overcomer