Daily Reading: Hosea 10, 11; Revelation 2
‘He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations;” (Revelation 2:26, NASB95)
The one who overcomes is promised both authority over the nations and the morning star (Rev. 2:28). The morning star was a symbol of sovereignty and rule, focusing on the believer’s sharing in Christ’s sovereign reign. Jesus grants them this authority after they have overcome at the “end” of their lives or at Christ’s final coming.
The one who overcomes also keeps Jesus’ deeds until the end. His works involve doing the things Jesus did and believing in the Son (Jn. 6:29; 14:12). What does it mean to overcome?
- The overcoming refers to defeating sin in their lives. All the churches are faced with temptation to compromise their faith. The exhortation to overcome is a call to stop compromising and to continue standing strong.
- There is a paradoxical aspect of overcoming as it entails being persecuted by the world, suffering for their faith, and even being ironically conquered by it. On the one hand, believers overcome the enemy “because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death” (Rev. 12:11; 15:2). On the other hand, “the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them and kill them” (Rev. 11:7; 12:7; 13:7). The believer’s overcoming is modelled after Christ’s own conquering, when He “overcame” and then received His authority to reign (Rev. 3:21).
In Christ, we have been made more than overcomers (Rom. 8:37). His love in us has made us faithful to Him, resulting in our overcoming the world. Did you know that you are an overcomer in Christ? Will you fulfill His work until the end?