From Pastor’s Desk: 10-16-16
Revelation 3:5 He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.
We, (maybe just me) usually concentrate upon a promise within any given Scripture while missing the message of responsibility in it. Case in point is today’s verse.
What a beautiful concept that one day when we stand before God Jesus Christ will “introduce” us to the Father and His angels. It is exciting to know that one day we will be dressed in robes of white. More than that, our names will never be blotted (obliterated) from the Book of Life.
The resounding message of the verse, however, is that of overcoming. “He who overcomes…” is the crux of the verse. The person who has not purposed, pursued, and practiced an overcoming life will have no part in any of the above. In fact, it is the opposite. Luke 13:24-28 shows that a non-overcoming life will be unequivocally inadequate. Verse 27 declares, “…he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.”
The word “iniquity” is derived from the Greek word ἀδικία adikia (ad-ee-kee’-ah), which is, (legal) injustice (properly the quality, by implication the act); moral wrongfulness (of character, life or act)…
There is nothing short of an overcoming life in Christ Jesus that will secure our entrance into heaven.