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9 Rewards Promised to You “If” You Overcome

| January 31, 2013

New-Name117 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. “To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that reciveth it.”

When I got to this verse here in our Revelation studies it made me stop. I couldn’t just read over it because it made me realize there are a lot of specific rewards promised to those who overcome.

There are at least 9 within Revelation chapters 2 and 3 alone.

And they are given at the end of each letter to the 7 churches. These are not cheap fabricated awards like some plastic trophy you may have gotten as a youngster playing little league baseball. These are the real deal. Some of them I don’t completely understand yet. Actually, most of them I can’t even begin to understand the significance of right now. And maybe we’ll never be able to fully comprehend these promised rewards until we receive them. But I’m going to try.

But this I do know. I know they must really be something special, because very few will attain them (Rev 12:17). I want to be one of them. I want those rewards!

Here they are:

  1. Permission to eat of the tree of life (Rev 2:7)
  2. Receive a crown of life (Rev 2:10)
  3. Access to partake of the hidden manna (Rev 2:17)
  4. Receive a white stone with a new name engraved upon it (Rev 2:17)
  5. Granted power over the nations (Rev 2:26)
  6. Receive the morning star (Rev 2:28)
  7. Be clothed in white raiment (Rev 3:5)
  8. Become a Pillar in the Temple of God, with the name of God, the name of New Jerusalem, and Christ’s new name engraved upon you (Rev 3:12)
  9. Granted permission to sit with Christ in His Throne (Rev 3:21)

Wow. Why do you suppose Christ listed these off for us?

Well, quite simply so that we know what’s in it for us. He wants us to be motivated. He wants us to set the mark and go for the goal. For without a goal, one really does not know what he is reaching for.

You could almost think of the first three chapters of Revelation as a general’s address to his troops before a great battle. Our general, Jesus Christ, the blood soaked warrior (Rev 19:13) is telling us to shape up, stay alert, keep fighting, and receive the prize.

And then one more time at the end of this book, Christ reminds us of the rewards overcomer’s will receive.

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be His God, and he shall be My son. –Revelation 21:7

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  1. Cindy Sinn says:

    Wow! Thanks for the great list Ben, it is very powerful when read this way, huh? I copied it just now into the back of my “large print” KJV bible so I can look at it for inspiration on days when I could use some encouragement. I may be wrong, but I think that these promises are so much more than awards to be received at the end of the tribulations. I think that some, if not all are tools, weapons, shields and knowledge (as in spiritual gifts) that the elect are given to get them through the tribulations and act as a witness to the power and glory of God to help win souls. If I understand correctly, these same overcomers are the elect that become the priests/teachers during the 1000 years of Heaven-on-earth with Christ as our King.(Rev 20) It sounds to me like it is all overcomers, and not just end-times overcomers because it mentions those who were martyrs for their witness on thrones. As we just talked about yesterday, there have been MANY Christians martyred since the crucifixion. I think these rewards/gifts speak of the supernatural aspect of the Holy Spirit of God working things out according to His plan through ordinary, but faithful earthly “hosts” known as the elect. Once God fully reveals himself to the world in the last days, we will then be transformed and finally understand exactly what these things mean–as we move into the next “age” where we walk with God once again as Adam and Eve did before the fall. One thing that I am very intrigued with: Rev 20:6 Says “they shall be priests of God…and shall reign with him a thousand years. Also Rev 20:7-8 Says “When the 1000 yrs are expired satan shall be loosed…and go out to decieve the nations…of the earth. Next satan tries to surround the “saints” but God dispatches them once and for all. Sounds to me like lots of people besides the elect survive the tribulation. Wow…does everybody live 1000 years, or just the elect. I really look forward to every chapter of this book!!!

  2. Evelyn Wentworth says:

    Thanks, Ben! Great work…as usual!

  3. Thanks for your thoughts Cindy. Very interesting indeed. And good idea, I should write them in the front of my Bible too! They are so amazing to think about. And to think that we will someday help “rule” the kingdom of God is beyond me. I’m still trying to rule my own house 🙂 lol….

    During the 1000 year period all will be alive in spiritual bodies, but only the elect will have been granted eternal life – i.e. the first resurrection. Everyone else at that time who has not overcome will be considered “dead” unless they take part in the second resurrection following the 1000 year reign of Christ.

  4. Cindy Sinn says:

    Hello again…I was just reading through this post again. I wanted to savor your list one more time, LOL. This time when I read through it, I thought of how much these gifts remind me of ceremonial things that are done at weddings and maybe coronations. That ties in with the theme of the church being the bride of Christ. I am such a fan of symbolism and riddles. Just like a little kid, I don’t ever get tired of reading my favorite parts over and over.!

  5. Rhonda Smith says:

    Thanks for the list Ben. Maybe Christ gives us these promises because He is well aware of the temptations and hardships that are soon coming at the very end. Its encouraging to know what awaits us if we stay faithful.

    The thing that I, personally, think about is that in Ezekiel 44:15-16 it says, “they shall come near to Me to minister unto Me, and they shall stand before Me to offer unto Me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord God; They shall enter into My sanctuary, and they shall come near to My table, to minister unto Me, and they shall keep my charge.

    To be able to come into the presence of the Lord is such an honor that I can’t help but be choked up just to imagine what that must be like.