With the King on His Throne
“...to the one that overcomes”
(Seventh of Seven in Series)
We will now look at the seventh and final of
seven such statements. Before you is a vision, not a dream. It is a vision of
eternal victory, even out of a conflagration of earthly hardship,
persecution, sorrow and loss. The enemies of the cross would fall, and the
faithful overcomer would endure forever.
“He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down
with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His
throne.” (Revelation 3:21)
When it comes to pleasing God with our lives,
those who failed did so for a reason. Those that succeeded did so for a
reason. Success or failure do not happen in a vacuum. Neither “just happens.”
The problems are often caused by a lack of dedication or love as some try to
simply do as little as possible. Others simply put off needful changes or
obligations. Sometimes it is a matter of ego. Some have failed because they
have allowed themselves to be deceived by others into believing something
false. Some have simply not taken the time to prepare for a successful life of
We have seen some things promised to those
who overcome in Christ. First, we looked at the promise of Jesus to allow
those who overcome access to the “tree of life” in the paradise of God and
some of the things that entailed. Then we considered that overcoming in
Christ grants unto us the security of knowing we will not be hurt by the
second death. Then we saw the promise of “hidden manna” and “a white
stone”. Since these are somewhat cryptic messages, we looked into the
meaning behind them to the people who directly received the promise from the
Lord… that He would sustain them and vindicate them in the midst of a world
that was at that time treating them harshly. Then we saw that those who
overcome are promised “authority over the nations” and “the morning star”.
And finally, “white garments” and that their “names would not be erased from
the book of life” and that Jesus would “confess his/her name to the Father.”
Last time we noticed the promise to those that overcome that they would have
a permanent place in God's dwelling place and that they would receive His
name; the name of the eternal city, and the name of the Son. Upon
investigating all these, we saw what important things they pictured.
Jesus said, “Just as I overcame…” We
have good reason to have confidence in Jesus' promises about overcoming.
He's been there and done that. He overcame temptation (Hebrews 3:14-16).
Jesus has sat on His Father's throne and it is a “throne of grace”.
Jesus also overcame Satan's devices; even
the “good” ones. Sometimes these are the most difficult to overcome.
Satan, for example, used Peter's sense of justice and his love for Jesus
against him seeking to distract Jesus from His mission and purpose! (Matthew
And finally, Jesus overcame death
(Luke 24:5,6; Acts 2:23,24).
The victory of Christ was prophesied.
He would receive dominion over an eternal, spiritual kingdom. This has now
been fulfilled. Jesus is King! (Daniel 7:13,14). This is where He is now,
reigning, interceding, advocating in our behalf. He is watching, providing
and strengthening. He is the Lord. He is king, ruling in the hearts of His
disciples from His heavenly throne, the spiritual throne of David in the
spiritual city of Jerusalem.
We read in the Scriptures of Jesus' rule
and throne as a present reality, not something to begin in the future. We
read of His rule (1 Corinthians 15:24-26; Ephesians 1:22); of His throne
(Revelation 3:21; Acts 2:30-32; Hebrews 1:3,8); and of His Kingdom
(Colossians 1:13; Hebrews 12:28; Revelation 1:9; 5:10). As a result of
Jesus' overcoming, He is seated on the throne of God, next to the Father
with His eternal glory restored. He invites us to overcome through Him and
join Him there! (Hebrews 12:1-3). His kingdom exists now, and when He comes
again, He will take it home.
Jesus is On The Throne
Jesus was faithful even to the point of
death (John 12:27,28). He was diligent and committed. (John 4:34). He
humbled Himself so that He could achieve His purpose in God's plan; putting
God's will before His own. Therefore God exalted Him (Philippians 2:5-11).
Sometimes its disheartening to see the
evils which plague the world. Satan often seems so powerful and pervasive.
Do not be despondent or hopeless even when the times seem dark. It seemed
that way when these words in Revelation were written too. We are assured
that victory belongs to our king (Revelation 17:14).
We honor the king by submitting to Him (1
Timothy 6:13-16). There is no other way to honor the Lord than to do with
diligence what He bids us do (Luke 6:46).
Jesus Invites Us To Join Him
Our exaltation will come after we have
trusted the Lord. He is at the door inviting you to come join Him on the
throne (Revelation 3:20). “What do you need? A personal invitation?” OK…
now you have one!
The church at Laodecia had serious issues
(Revelation 3:15-18). These included a lack of zeal and deadness.
Physically everything was OK but spiritually they were starving. Listen!
The status quo is not enough! These brethren were in danger of failing to
overcome because of what they were not doing… they were indifferent about
the work of the Lord… too busy… Remember how committed to His Father's work
Jesus was? See how different these people are? Are you following in the
footsteps of Jesus or the Laodeceans?
We saw in Phil. 2 that Jesus humbled
Himself so that He could achieve His purpose in God's plan; putting God's
will before even His own. Therefore God exalted Him. Do you have that kind
of humility before God?
Overcoming by faith means being steadfast,
diligent and dedicated. Faithful Christians today live in hope.. It is to
those who overcome that Jesus promises eternal victory!
By Jon W. Quinn
From Expository Files 18.7; July 2011