- Series: General Topics
Victory Encouragement For The Saints
1. Those who will have victory are obedient.
1. THOSE WHO WILL HAVE VICTORY ARE OBEDIENT.
A. This will be taken from the book of Revelation.
1. To answer the question of why those who are obedient will have victory, we will have to look at where the book gets its origin.
A. The book originates from God.
1. Let us begin in chapter one, verse one.
A. The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants.
1. Notice where the book of Revelation came—from God.
2. For this reason, when the book says that the Christian will have victory, we can be assured that it is true.
A. Because God cannot lie.
B. Heb. 6:18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.
2. The first victory is found in verse 3.
A. Rev 1:3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it.
1. This book proclaims a blessing on the person who reads it.
1. Because the proper teaching of God’s word blesses both the teacher and the hearer.
A. Rom. 10:14-15 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF PEACE, WHO BRING GLAD TIDINGS OF GOOD THINGS.
B. How does it bless?
1. Notice the reader and hearer are blessed because they keep those things which are written in the book.
A. Rev. 1:3ff and keep those things which are written in it.
1. This is the same blessing that is given whenever a person keeps the commandments of God.
A. John 14:15 If you love Me, keep My commandments.
C. Why do I say that this blessing is the first victory?
1. Because whenever we do what God commands, we will have victory.
A. Rev. 17:14 These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.
B. Jesus wanted to give victory to the seven churches of Asia.
1. The Church at Ephesus
A. Jesus began with “I know.”
1. Rev. 2:2 I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars.
2. This little phrase should either scare us or give us great pleasure.
A. At this time, I want us to look at whom it is who knew.
1. Rev. 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
2. Rev. 2:1 “To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, ‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands.’”
A. Who are the seven stars and seven golden lampstands?
1. Rev. 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.
B. Jesus was telling them that He was with them and among them and that the preachers were telling them the truth, because He had them in His hand figuratively.
B. He began with praise to this congregation.
1. You have good works, you labor, you have patience, you cannot bear those that are evil. You have even tested the false apostles and you have not become weary.
A. This sounds like it was a good, sound congregation.
B. Then, there is that word “nevertheless.”
1. It seems to be that their hate was right but their love was wrong.
A. Rev. 2:4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.
1. It seems that they may have been just going through the motions of being Christians.
A. Rev. 2:6 But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
2. They might have been doing things right but their heart was not in it anymore.
A. Heart conditions are dangerous and this is pointed out by Jesus here.
1. Rev. 1:5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.
2. He gave this strict warning but He wanted to give them the victory.
A. Rev. 2:7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.
3. Victory is mine; I have overcome but now you have to do your part to have a part in My victory.
A. Rev. 5:5 (A.S.V.) and one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not; behold, the Lion that is of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath overcome to open the book and the seven seals thereof.
1. We can have victory if we are obedient.
A. We will be blessed by this book if we teach it.
B. We will be blessed by this book if we study it.
1. We will have victory if we teach and study this book.
C. Notice that Christ wanted the Churches to have victory.
1. He was and still is among His Church.
A. He does not leave us to our own devices and He knows our hearts.
1. Let us have the victory that is in Christ and Christ alone.