THE THINGS TO BE OVERCOME
WHAT are we admonished to overcome?
"Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." Romans 12:21.
NOTE.—In 1 John 5:4 that which we are to overcome is called "the world"; and in 1 John 2:15-17 the things of which "the world" consists are described as "the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eye, and the pride of life."
How TO OVERCOME
What only can overcome the world?
"For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world." 1 John 5:4. '
What gives us the victory in our conflict with the world?
"And this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." Same verse.
PROMISES TO THE OVERCOMER
What promises are made by Christ to the overcomer?
(a) "To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of /life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God." Revelation 2:7.
(b) "He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death." Verse 11. ,
(c) "To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new /name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it." Verse 17.
(d) "He that overcometh, and keepeth My works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of My Father. And I will give him the morning star." Verses 26-28. 0) "He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white rdiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels." Revelation 3:5.
(f) "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from My God: and I will write upon him My new name." Verse 12. (g) "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne." Verse 21.
In what one promise are all these promises summed up?
"He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son." Revelation 21:7.
NoTE.—Here are the exceeding great and precious promises to the over- comer, eight in number. They embrace everything—eternal life, health, happiness, and an everlasting home. What more could be asked?
"IN heaven there will be no parting, no pain to bear;
No care-worn brow, no sigh, no silvery hair;
No death to snatch our loved ones from our side,
No angry waves, no sea, no treacherous tide.
"In heaven there'll be no thirst, no cry for bread;
No soul who knows not where to lay his head;
No one to feel the winter's chilling blast,
For there the piercing storms will all be past.
"In heaven there'll be no toil without repay;
No building for a brief, ephemeral day;
For all the joys that prophets old have told
'Twill take the endless ages to unfold.
"In heaven there'll be no weary pilgrim band;
No seekers for a better, fairer land;
For all who reach that blissful, happy shore,
Will never cry nor sigh, nor wish for more."
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