“Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say un-
to you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Gal.6:9).
“Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of
darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober” (1 Th.5:5-6).
“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to
be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Pt.1:13).
“Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life” (Rev.2:10).
“Behold, I come quickly; hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown”
“And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and
shalt be, because thou hast judged thus” (Rev.16:5).
“The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and
stronger” (Job 17:9).
(3:12-13) Overcomers—Promises: there are the promises to the overcomer. The churches and believers who remain
alive and faithful to Christ have five wonderful promises. They shall receive five glorious things.
1. They will be made a pillar in the temple of God. This means that they will become a permanent part of God’s house,
of the eternal worship and service of heaven. And they will be a vital part, a pillar. The pillar is a symbol of...
• strength • permanence
• support • immortality
• durability • a monument
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in
you?” (1 Cor.3:16).
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you,
which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1 Cor.6:19).
“And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the
living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people” (2 Cor.6:16).
“And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself
being the chief corner stone; in whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an
holy temple in the Lord: in whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God
through the Spirit” (Eph.2:20-22).
“Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up
spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” (1 Pt.2:5).
2. They will receive security; they will never again have to go in or out of the city in order to be safe. They will be free
from this sinful and corruptible world, free to live in heaven with God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. And they shall
be perfected forever and ever.
“I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have
committed unto him against that day” (2 Tim.1:12).
“Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous
judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing”
“Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last
time” (1 Pt.1:5).
“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be
partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust”
“And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life” (1 Jn.2:25).
“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the pres-
ence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, domi-
nion and power, both now and ever” (Jude 24-25).
3. They will receive God’s name. This is a symbol of possession and of belonging. The believer will belong to God in
an absolute and perfect sense. Others can lay claim to our lives while upon this earth. They can lay claim upon our time and
energy, and some can even enslave us. But not in heaven. The name of God will be written upon us, and we will be marked
forever as belonging to God. We will belong to Him totally and absolutely. Neither man nor Satan will ever again be able to
touch or mark us.
“Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of
sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off” (Is.56:5).
“And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by
a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name” (Is.62:2).
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