Overcoming All Things

by Dan Cox

Jesus tells the parable in Matthew 13 of the enemy sowing tares among the wheat while the men slept. The parable of the wheat and tares emphasizes that Satan will sow alongside those who sow the Word of God.

Jesus’ message to the churches in Revelation is a promise of the inheritance of all things to be given to overcomers. Nothing is promised to those who allow themselves to be overcome. In fact, throughout the Scriptures one will find no promises or assurances of ultimate blessing made to any except overcomers. Many, for example, have an unscriptural concept concerning the real nature of salvation, which too often is reduced merely to saying, “I believe in Jesus.” This confession is sufficient for acceptance into most religious bodies, without any real evidence of change in the individual’s life. However, salvation, in the Bible, is not merely by believing. It is also a walk (Ephesians 4:1), faithful endurance (Matthew 24:13), and overcoming. This latter truth is clearly seen in Jesus’ words in Revelation 2:7, “To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life” (I John 5:4). Likewise, the pathway to the fullness of God is not merely to experience Acts 2:38, but it also requires that we overcome what the enemy of our soul tries to sow along side of our walk with God. The most significant revelation the Spirit of God is giving now at the close of the age is that believers should strive to become overcomers. There are many blessings and promises made by the Lord to overcomers in the Book of Revelation: they will eat of the tree of life (2:7); not be hurt by the second death (2:11); eat of the hidden manna and be given a white stone with a new name written thereon (2:17); be given power to rule over the nations, and be rewarded with the morning star (2:26-28); be clothed in white raiment (3:5); be a pillar in the Temple of God (3:12); sit with Christ on His throne (3:21); and inherit all things (21:7).

God in this hour is preparing to bring the body of Christ into perfection. For overcomers, this perfection will be wrought in them through the instrumentality of His Word and their obedience to it (John 16:13; Ephesians 5:26-27; I Corinthians 2:9-10; Revelation 2-3). The overcoming life will be characterized by uncompromising loyalty to God (Revelation 2:1-7). The Lord commends the disciples of Ephesus for their faithful, enduring labors in His vineyard, which will also characterize the lives of all overcomers (2:2-3).

Total faith in God’s Word and loyalty to it are the deciding factors that distinguish true overcomers from those who are sleeping. There is no greater test or evidence of an overcomer than his/her loyalty to God and His Word, whatever the personal cost may be.

The Lord commends the overcomers in the church at Pergamos, saying, “Thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith.” What exactly does it signify to hold fast to Jesus’ Name? It means, first of all, not to deny His Name in the face of persecution or tribulation which one may have to endure for faith. Satan had his seat in the city of Pergamos, where the powers of darkness had great influence and control. In spite of the persecution assailing it, this church had maintained its faithfulness to the Lord and had not denied His Name.

Overcomers will hold fast to Jesus’ Name and not deny His faith (Revelation 2:12-17).

Rev. Dan Cox is the Pastor of the United Pentecostal Church of Warsaw and the Editor of the Indiana Apostolic Trumpet.

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