Who are the overcomers?
It’s pretty clear in scripture.
For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.
Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
1 John 5:4-5
Ive got good news !
if you have believed in Jesus and are born of God then you have already overcome the world.
Because Christ overcame and because you believed into Christ, you are now a complete overcomer in Christ!
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Rom 8:37
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4
Are you born of God? Do you believe Jesus is the Son of God? If yes, then the Overcomer lives in you and you can’t help but be an overcomer. That’s why Jesus told the disciples to be encouraged during times of tribulation; because he – not they – had overcome the world and because they would carry his overcoming Spirit within them. (Paul Ellis)
To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. Rev 3:21
Once again, I’ve got good news for you!!!
If you have believed in Christ then you are already sitting with Christ in heavenly places ..
I’m not trying to get there by my good works, disciplines or perfect performance.
In Christ I’m already there!
Listen to what Ephesians 2 says
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Eph 2:4-9
I’m not an overcomer because of what I do, I’m an over comer because of Gods great love and grace. In fact I refuse to make it about me! The only thing I did was to believe and receive the gift of God.
He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. Rev 21:7
Once again !
If your born of God then you are an overcomer and you have inherited all things! You have already been blessed with every spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, Eph 1:3
Here is a Quick Quiz ... from Paul Ellis post .. Who are the overcomes?
Just to check that you’ve been paying attention, I’m going to give you two alternative interpretations for Revelations 3:21. One of them will make you feel like a loser, the other will inspire you to praise Jesus.
One of them will get you to focus on your self and your efforts, while the other will prompt you to focus on Jesus and the finished work of the cross.
See if you can discern which of the following interpretations best captures the heart of the one who promised to share his throne with overcomers:
1. Only those who have victory in every area of their lives, who never stumble, who never put a foot wrong, who pass every single test and never sin – just like Jesus – will earn the right to sit on his throne.
2. As Christ is (he’s an overcomer), so are we in this world (which makes us overcomers too). Just as Christ is our righteousness, holiness and redemption, he is also our victory in all things. We have a right to the throne not because of victories we have won, but because of the glorious victory he has won. This right is based on God’s grace, not our efforts. It is by grace we have been saved, by grace we have been raised up, and by the incomparable riches of his grace that God has seated us with himself in heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.
(I hope you picked #2. If not, go back to the top and start over.)
When Jesus tells the Laodiceans that only overcomers have a right to his throne, he is not threatening them or bringing them under condemnation.
He is giving them a wonderful affirmation of their position in Christ.
Contrary to what you may have heard, he’s not trying to keep people out of his kingdom, he’s trying to get them to come in!
Yes, the Laodiceans needed to repent and exchange what they had (their nauseating self-righteousness) for what he freely offered (the white clothes of his righteousness).
But if they did that, if they put their trust in him, then they would reign with him both in this life (Rms 5:17) and in eternity (2 Tim 2:12).
We live in a world that is full of worry, fear and anxiety.
But as a believer in Christ we should never give place to any of these things.
If you give worry or anxiety an inch, it will always take a mile!
For example worry will often try and wake you up with a kiss! but don't kiss it back !
Refuse to give worry any of your attention affection.
Tell worry that your heart now belongs to the Lord. The one who loves you , cares for you and is always watching over you. The one who knows your every need.
Worry is a distraction that attempts to keep you self occupied and from your personal intimate relationship with God.
Listen to what Jesus said about worry.
Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they? Matthew 25:26-27.
I’ve never seen a sparrow worried or anxious about anything.
Jesus said are you not worth more than they?
If God demonstrated His love by sending His only Son for us how much more will He not take care of all our needs.
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Romans 8:32