Summary: In the Book of Revelation, the Bible mentions often people who are overcomers. This sermon explains who an overcomer is.
Are We Overcomers?
12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. And I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.
We have finished looking at the message
Jesus sent to the 7 churches in chapters 2 and 3.
There is a phrase that appears 7 times in these 7 messages.
That phrase is "He who overcomes".
What does that mean?
Are we overcomers?
That's what this sermon is about.
We know that Jesus has promised to come back.
Jesus is not returning for a weak, anemic, defeated Church.
He is returning for a mighty powerful Church
composed of men and women who have learned to overcome.
In each of His messages to the 7 churches,
Jesus gave a specific promise to those who overcome.
There are 9 Promises to Overcomers in Revelation.
Promise #1. Overcomers Will Eat of the Tree of Life.
Rev. 2:7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God." '
Those who overcome will inherit eternal life.
They will live forever!
Promise #2. Overcomers Will Not Be Hurt by the Second Death.
Rev. 2:11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death." '
Those who overcome have their names written in the Book of Life
and are part of the first resurrection.
The "second death" is identified in Revelation 20:14
as the lake of fire.
14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
The second death has no power over the righteous
who are part of the first resurrection:
Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
Promise #3. Overcomers Will Eat of the Hidden Manna.
Rev. 2:17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it." '
The "hidden manna" refers to Jesus
because He is the Bread of Life.
For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." 34Then they said to Him, "Lord, give us this bread always." 35And Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
Jesus will be revealed to those who overcome
and they will partake of all that He is and has!
Promise #4. Overcomers Will Be Given Power Over the Nations.
Rev. 2:26 And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations--
Overcomers will reign with Jesus
and sit in judgment over the nations.
And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
Promise #5. Overcomers Will Be Clothed in White Garments. - Rev. 3:5 He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.
The white garments that Overcomers will wear
represents the righteousness of the saints:
And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
John saw the redeemed standing before the throne of God.
They were clothed in white robes with palms in their hands.
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands,