Verses 18, 19, 20, and 21 all come together to form
a picture of the spiritual life. Verse
18 shows the vast blessings that are available.
Verse 19 requires you to change your attitude. Verse 20 calls for you to confess and live in
a state of fellowship. And verse 21,
calls for believers to overcome, or advance to spiritual maturity.
To overcome, ‘nikao,’
means to conquer, prevail, to accomplish a long hard fought victory. This is a sequential or chronological
accomplishment and not a momentary single event, but a series. In the previous letters to the churches
(except for one), this generally referred to the believer who was successful in
attaining spiritual maturity, and staying there. And again, that is the same connotation used
However, this being the final letter to the
churches, and the final church representing the most departed from
Christianity, in apostasy, Christ lists the most spectacular blessing promise
of all of the blessings.
And that promise being,
that the spiritually mature believer will be invited to sit down with Him
(Christ), on His throne. This is not an
invitation to sit on a similar throne, or on another throne, or on a throne
nearby, but to share His throne, for all of eternity. This is an invitation of promotion and possession
of that right.
This promise is made here, in this verse, in the Bible,
and nowhere else.
The mother of James and John requested for them, a
place on the right hand and the left of Jesus – the highest dignity which she thought
possible. The twelve apostles were
promised to sit on twelve thrones, to judge the tribes of Israel.
But Christ offers here a yet another and higher
honor, to sit in His throne, placing us in the closest relationship with Himself,
and exalting us to His own glory. This
is the highest possible honor extended to anyone, ever.
Satan wanted to be like the most high, and tried to
take that honor by deceit and force. He
Christians who advance to spiritual maturity, by
merely reading words written on paper, and living a decent Christian life, in
obedience to Christ, will receive a much higher honor. And they will have that honor forever.
By seating on His throne, comes ‘beyond imaginable’
possibilities, none of which are, or ever will be, tainted by evil arrogant
The throne of God is the highest position of
sovereignty and authority in all that exists.
There is no higher position or authority or honor.
So, from the lowest position of spiritual failure
and indifference, God reminds us that what is on the line and in danger of
being thrown away, is the highest and greatest
blessing of them all.
What kind of person would simply ignore that kind
of loss? Only a fool.
And how many people will actually advance in their
spiritual life and receive this blessing?
The big question is, ‘Will you be one of them?’