The Precious Promise – To him who overcomes
Leslie Lyons 7.1.2017
“To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame and have sat down with My Father in His throne” (Revelation 3:21 MKJV).
To “overcome” is to unite LOVE and TRUTH as our Lord Jesus did. LOVE is the essence of God, and TRUTH is the pure white light emanating from it. Jesus took on human flesh and crucified its inherently evil nature. From start to end, from birth to death, Jesus suffered through the most grievous temptations and sufferings. More than anyone had ever experienced, before and after His time.
This is the shining but perplexing example of all the universe. The marvel and wonder of the Lord who was commander and chief. The Lord of Lords, King of kings who took on the form of a humble servant who served others. He now sits upon a throne and gave this proclamation to all those who wished to follow Him, and His example.
What is “to sit with Me in my throne?
For “to sit with Me in My throne”, means not to sit on a high place in glory and authority with the Lord Jesus, like we have achieved something special. The meaning of “throne” is heaven. For where God is, there is heaven located. For every Christian knows, that God is still on the throne.
For heaven (or “throne”) is a delightful place. Full of peace, righteousness, and joy.
“I have spoken these things to you so that you might have peace in Me. In the world you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
So heaven (the “throne”) is a free gift. But – it comes with a price for it has stipulations. It plainly says “To him who overcomes I will grant”. It is not tip-toeing through the tulips singing “white as snow, white as snow, Olly Olly oxen free”. Once saved, always saved. No, we have to participate in our salvation.
But Jesus is saying “even as I also overcame and have sat down with My Father in His throne”. He is saying to the church and the individual believer I have shown you the way to heaven, you must do your part. I am on the sidelines cheering you on, but be cautious.
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows, that he also will reap. For he sowing to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh. But he sowing to the Spirit will reap life everlasting from the Spirit. But we should not lose heart in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not faint” (Galatians 6:7-9).
There is a time to run the race, and there is a time for us to enter into that peace.
“But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the overflowing of peace” (Psalm 37:11)
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” (Revelation 3:22).