Summary: Any and everyone can sing the song "We’re overcomers", but only the true overcomers are given the promises of God.
“The 17 Promises given to the Overcomer”
The word “overcome”, “overcometh”, and “overcomer”, comes from the Greek word “NIKAO” and appears in the Bible 32 times.
Numbers in the Bible play a very important role; if you don’t believe that read 2nd Kings 13: 17 – 19 “And he said, Take the arrows. And he took [them]. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed. And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed [it]: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria [but] thrice.”; however, every number doesn’t have a certain meaning. The numbers 1 – 12 are the main numbers that have a specific meaning all others are combinations of those numbers with the exception of a few like 40, 50, and a few others. The number 32 in and of itself does not have a certain meaning to it; however, the combination of the two does. 3 + 2 = 5. 5 is God’s grace, so the 32 times “Nikao” is mentioned indicates that God’s grace is given to or poured out upon those that “Nikao” or overcome.
8 of those 32 times it is mentioned in the Old Testament. 8 means New Beginning.
24 times it appears in the New Testament. 24 in and of itself doesn’t have a specific meaning, but the combination 2 + 4 = 6. 6 is the number of man, the works or working of man; therefore the 24 or 2 + 4 times “Nikao” is mentioned in the New Testament it indicates what man must do.
15 of those 24 times it is mentioned in the book of Revelation. 15 is a very unique number, it is the combination of 5 x 3. 5 = God’s grace. 3 = fullness, representative of the fullness of the Godhead, Father, Son, Holy Ghost. 15 = God’s grace in fullness. Also 15 is 1 + 5 = 6 the working of man; therefore if man works to be an overcomer he will receive God’s full grace.
The 17 promises given to an overcomer.
The number 17 has no specific meaning, but 1 + 7 = 8 which is New Beginning; therefore we see that to them that overcome are promised a New Beginning.
1. What is an overcomer? The Greek word “Nikao” means one that prevails, conquers, and gets the victory over. It is to surmount difficulties. Therefore, when we say we are overcomers we are saying we don’t think it strange concerning the fiery trials which is to try us, but we rejoice, inasmuch for we are partakers of Christ suffering and we know if we suffer with Him that we shall reign with Him. We strive to prevail over the difficulties which come our way.
2. Who is an overcomer? Everyone can sing the song “we’re overcomers”, but everyone is not an overcomer. Understand that there is wheat as well as tarra that grows together. Who is an overcomer, the Bible says in 1 John 5:4 “Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world.” In order to be an overcomer you must be born again. John 3:3 says “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
3. What does an overcomer overcome? We said an overcomer is one that is first of all born of God, we said they are able to surmount difficulties and prevail against them. However the question becomes what are the difficulties they overcome. There are only 3, remember 3 = fullness, when you overcome these 3 difficulties then you are fully an overcomer.
What are the 3 difficulties?
a.) The World
b.) The Flesh
c.) The Devil
A.) The World: 1 John 5:4 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, [even] our faith.” 1st John 2:15 says “Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” You can’t be an overcomer and love the world or the things of the world. You got to come out from among them and be separated from them saith the Lord. You can’t walk hand and hand with the world and with God. James 4:4 says “whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”. To be an overcomer you must prevail against the world.
B.) The Flesh: Understand that when we say flesh we are not talking about this body, because this body is dust and it’s going back to the dust and the body doesn’t act it only reacts to what the spirit and soul tell it to do. Therefore when we talk about overcoming the flesh we are not talking about this body, but what controls this body, the mind. The Bible says we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, and the rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places. This battle is not against the flesh of any kind. Romans 8:4-8 says “That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace. Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” When you overcome the flesh you have transformed the mind from a carnal mind into a spiritual mind. The word transformed means to undergo a metamorphosis, which is to change from one thing into another. Once you undergo this metamorphosis you no longer think the way you use to think, but you begin to think the way the spirit thinks and now you are pleasing to God; therefore, are an overcomer of the flesh.