The Expository Files

Take a Seat on His Throne

"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 true faith.

There are actually seven statements made by Jesus in Revelation 2 and 3 concerning overcoming. We have quoted the seventh and final statement above. The message of the book is that the enemies of the cross would fall, and the faithful overcomer would endure forever.

First note that Jesus overcame first. We have good reason to have confidence in His ability and promises. Jesus was victorious over temptation and sin and even death. 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!

We need to be honoring the King today! Sometimes it is disheartening to see the evils which plague the world. It seems so powerful and pervasive. Do not be despondent or hopeless even when the time seems dark. It seemed that way when these words in Revelation were first written too. In fact, that is why they were written; to encourage faithfulness during dark times. 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.

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... you have one! Paul said, "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." Jesus has shown us the way. But this is not something to be casual about. Overcoming by faith means being steadfast, diligent and dedicated. Faithful Christians today live in hope. It is to those who overcome that Jesus promises access to the tree of life and that the second death will not hurt them. He also promises hidden manna and a white stone. And He promises authority over the nations, and the morning star. He promises white garments to those who's names remain in the book of life and that He will speak for us in that final hour when no other friend will do. What a privilege it is to wear His name today, and to be a pillar in the heavenly dwelling of God. And, finally, we will be permitted to sit down with Him on His throne. What wonderful hope these things symbolize! It is the hope that belongs to those who "overcome"!

By Jon W. Quinn
From Expository Files 9.11; November 2002