The Champion’s Reward
The book of Revelation has several verses which reveal what will happen to the one who overcomes in this life. Now for someone to overcome, there must be something he has to fight.
In 1 John 5:4 we read: “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith”. Jesus, who is the Author and Finisher of our faith, at the end of his ministry had the following to say: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
From these words then, we see that the believer’s life of faith is in opposition to the world. This means that if someone befriends the world, he automatically declares himself to be an enemy of God. Having established this, a believer is in a war of ‘no compromise with the world’. Jesus makes some promises in Rev 3:5: “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment, 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”.
In this verse alone there are three promises:
1. To be clothed in white raiment
2. Name not to be blotted out of the book of life
3. Confession of his name before God and His angels.
There are still more promises of rewards in Rev 2:11,26: “He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death”; “He that overcometh and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations”. Let us give the overcomer another name. ‘The Champion of Faith’. All the rewards listed above are awaiting him. Let us be one of these ‘Champions’
Bro Sylvester Tembo (Mzuzu,Malawi)