When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we become a new creation. We put off our old selves and take on a new name and a new identity. No longer are we slaves to sin–we are overcomers.
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He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. – Revelation 3:5 NASB
He who overcomes…
It’s interesting that Jesus tells us in John 16:33 “I have overcome the world” and then He tells us that overcomers will be rewarded.
This tells us that the one who overcomes is the one who puts Jesus first, the one who has Christ living out His life in them and through them.
… will thus be clothed in white garments…
White is the established symbol of purity. The Bible uses “white garments” to symbolize righteousness. Mankind has been stained by sin but Jesus is giving us His righteousness.
… and I will not erase his name from the Book of Life…
The Book of Life contains the names of all the saints who will be given the gift of eternal life. Jesus is telling us that He is not going to remove the names of overcomers from this book. No. Our names will remain there. And if they remain, it means our reward is sure.
… and I will confess his name before My Father and His angels.
Isn’t that an amazing image? The Son of God, Creator of the whole world is going to tell God – the All-Mighty God – about us.
Just picture it: God the Father and His angels are having a board meeting and then Jesus gets up and starts telling His Father all these wonderful things about us.
Only the thing is – we didn’t really do any of these things. Jesus did them. But because He loves us and because He considers us His friends – He gives us credit for them.
I really want to be an overcomer, how about you?
Who Are Overcomers
Jesus is telling us that if we allow Him to work in our lives, He will give us the strength to get through our days. He will give us victory over the world. He has already claimed that victory, but He’s willing to share the glory with us.
Not only that, He will give us His righteousness so that we can come blameless before His Father. But it doesn’t end there. He’s going to His Father and saying, “Daddy, this person right here is one of the most wonderful persons you could ever meet. And look! Their name is written here in the Book of Life; that means they deserve to live forever and reign with us.”
Can you imagine it? Just believing in Jesus as the Son of God and asking Him to come into our hearts will have such a long-reaching effect. This one step blesses us immensely.
Personal Bible Study
Read Revelation 3. Consider all the rewards that are promised to overcomers.
Write a prayer asking God to help you to be counted as an overcomer.