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. That is the same connotation used here.
And so again to the spiritually mature Christian,
there is now listed four promises or rewards. You should note by this time, that these
promises of reward, are not offered to Christians who
do not ‘overcome.’But only to those who
persevere, in obedience, to Gods mandate to grow up to spiritual maturity and
God will make the mature believer a pillar in the
temple. The temple is the one and only
temple wherein worship functions. Your temple resides within your soul. And what you make of your temple depends on your
attitude toward your daily Bible study.
The pillar represents stability or permanence, and
strength. In the front of the Temple
were two pillars named Jachin (he will establish),
permanent, and Boaz (in him is strength), strength. These names will apply to
the believer who attains spiritual maturity. Spiritual maturity means doctrine
in the soul, understanding and wisdom, and from that
comes a stability and permanence and strength in life.
Those who do not grow up,
do not have stability, nor do they have spiritual strength. Only mature believers possess that.
The mature believer who
maintains his mature status, shall never lose it, even in eternity. With Christ (doctrine) in you, then you will
never lose your spiritual growth and faith and mature status. Note, that if you go negative, then you can
lose this status. However, our context here is the believer who overcomes,
which is the positive believer, who will never stray from his daily studies. The believer who really
wants to learn doctrine and grow to the maximum in their spiritual life.
To write on him, the name of God,
indicates ownership. And this is yet
another promise that is conveyed to believers that have an understanding, and
that is, that believers will always belong to God, and there will never be a
time when they do not.
For mature or positive believers this will have an
important significance. For immature
believers, this will not carry much meaning as they lack spiritual perspective
and a frame of reference to understand and appreciate it. This is why many immature
believers have doubts, are afraid, feel insecure, and so forth.
There will be a new name for Jerusalem, as noted in
Ezek 48:35 (Shammah), ‘the Lord if there,’ and in
Jer. 33:16 (Jehovah Tsidkenu), ‘the Lord our Righteousness.’
35 “The city shall be 18,000 cubits round
about; and the name of the city from that day shall be, ‘The Lord is
16 ‘In those days Judah
shall be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell in safety; and this is the name by
which she shall be called: the Lord is our righteousness.’ NASB
The new Jerusalem is the
true home of the family of God, while the earthly Jerusalem, is the home of
many who do not even recognize God.The
earthly Jerusalem will one day be destroyed, while the new
Jerusalem will exist in eternity forever.
The new Jerusalem will
come down out of heaven in the new universe, Rev. 21, and certainly does not
mean any earthly rebuilt city.
So, within the mature believer, Christ is there,
and righteousness is his foundation.
This is doctrine within your soul, doctrine entrenched and permanent
within your soul.
And finally, Jesus Christ will write His own new
name, on the mature believer.
12 And His eyes are a flame of fire, and upon His
head are many diadems; and He has a name written upon Him which no one knows
except Himself. NASB
This name no one knows.
The passage is a promise that when Christ makes us
completely His own by writing His own new name on us, He will admit us into his
full glory, which is at present incomprehensible to us. This is probably the most phenomenal gift or
reward that can possibly be given to any believer. The magnitude of which is far beyond our
comprehension. Even as the wisdom of God
is beyond vastness, so this promise is beyond the infinite.
And to think, all of these things are going to
someday, be very real. This is not a
children’s story, but a very real destiny for those who take the Bible
seriously, who take their daily studies seriously, and who pursue their spiritual life
as God intends for them to do.