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Sunday, June 24, 2007

There are special rewards in history for those believers who were the anonymous heroes of the Church-age.

“He who overcomes” – “the one winning” = “The winner” = a verb functioning as a noun here.
Pres-act-part – nikon =to win, to overcome – nikw’n = to win a victory; to be victorious!
Used as a noun = “The winner”

This word does not refer to being victorious without first enduring a struggle.
Nikon occurs in both classical and Biblical Greek, commonly found in reference to winning or prevailing in military battles or athletic contests.

Frequently there is a reference in this word to defeating the enemy in order to succeed.

No matter what the circumstances of my life look like, My God provides all the power I need to become a winner!

When God calls you to an assignment, He also deposits the power FOR THAT ASSIGNMENT!

“Prevail” in ACT 19:20 =
ischuo = to be strong and powerful.

The Complete Biblical Library tells us that the Septuagint uses ischuo to mean both physical strength and strength to overcome. It is used in certain verses for overcoming another in battle, and denotes military strength, NUM 24:18.

Grant – fut-act-ind – didomi
Since being a winner involves grace, this is a grace verb = to give or to give graciously.

This is the last of the 7 statements about the winner in this section in the book of revelation, REV 2:7,11,17,26; 3:5,12,21.
The winner is mentioned one other time in REV 21:7.

We have seen how the seven churches portray seven different types of individual believers that live in every generation.

1. The Ephesus type believer who has some divine good production but has left their first love, REV 2:1-7.

2. The Smyrna type believer who is willing to accept suffering for blessing, REV 2:8-11.

3. The Pergamum believer is warned about compromising and becoming a stumbling block to others, REV 2:12-17.

4. The Thyatira type of believers tolerate false doctrine and false teaching even though in they have love and faith and service and perseverance, REV 2:18-29.

5. The Sardis types need to “Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain,” REV 3:1-6.

6. The Philadelphia type who have kept with doctrine and have not denied the Lord’s name, REV 3:7-13.

7. The lukewarm Laodicean believer,
REV 3:14-22.

It is not where you start out this journey that matters – it’s where you end up.

TLJC will rule the world for 1,000 years and He will delegate authority to those mature believers of the Church-age who share in His victory by actually ruling Gentile nations.

The ear is analogous to what is between them, a brain or a soul, which has a free will to either accept doctrine or reject it.

“Let him hear” – aor-act-imp – akousato = a command to the entire Royal Family.

“What” – interrogative pronoun ti = “What sort of thing the Spirit has to say!”

Says – customary present tense of lego – pres-act-ind – legei = what habitually occurs when the right kind of pastor, a faithful pastor, studies and teaches doctrine.

2TI 2:5 And also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules.

JOH 3:30 “He [TLJC] must increase, but I [the communicator] must decrease.”

“Churches” – dative plural indirect object – ekklesias = it is to your advantage that you be in an assembly where you can learn doctrine.

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