Promises to the Overcomers
Revelation 3:12, 21
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 a permanent belonging in the kingdom - 3:12
- God’s people do not belong to this world but are travelers through it destined for the kingdom of God - 1 Peter 2:11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul
- A pillar in the temple is used as a metaphor for a secure and permanent position in the presence of God.
- Christ promises believers will not be taken away nor will we wander away.
- In contrast to the Jewish unbelievers, Jesus will claim ownership of those who will receive Him as Christ and give them full citizenship in the New Jerusalem - Revelation 21:1–5
- The new name of Jesus is not a different name but rather symbolizes the assurance of His ownership of us and our full understanding of who He is.
- Overcomers are promised all of the privileges and blessings of the kingdom - 3:21
- Christ was obedient in His sacrifice and was raised to be seated with the Father upon His throne - Psalm 110:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD said to my Lord,"Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool."
- Psalm 110:1 is the most quoted and referenced Old Testament scripture in the New Testament. Being seated at the right hand of the Father is the basis for His power and authority:
- His resurrection - Acts 2:34–35
- The giving of the Holy Spirit - Acts 2:33
- The finished work of atonement - Hebrews 10:12–13
- He is our high priest - Hebrews 8:1
- He is the author and finisher of our faith - Hebrews 12:1–2
- He is interceding for our victory - Romans 8:34
- The promise will be fulfilled when Christ returns and then is seated upon the throne of David in the Millennial Kingdom. The apostles and all who received them will rule with Him - Matthew 19:28 So Jesus said to them, "Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
- This promise to the overcomers is in contrast with those who succumb to the temptations of this world. To sit with Christ in His kingdom is greater than all the glory the kingdoms of this world have to offer (Mat 4:8–10).
Beloved, let us rest our hope fully on the promises of Jesus Christ!
Promises to the Ovecomers