Truth, Understanding, Insight

Precious Promises

1st August 2016, hej


22) The promises to the Congregations

There are promises made by Jesus to the seven Congregations of believers in Asia Minor in the book of Revelation. To those at Ephesus

To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. (Revelation 2:7)

The 'tree of life' was on earth in Eden. To those at Smyrna,

He that overcomes shall not be hurt of the second death. (Rev 2:11)

That is, in the resurrection they will live forever. To those at Pergamos

To him that overcomes 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 knows saving he that receives it. Rev 2:17

Which is a very specific promise! To those at Thyratira

he that overcomes, and keeps 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. Rev 2:26-28

Being given the 'morning star' is about rulership over the nations (the king of Babylon was a 'morning star'), but note Jesus promises to give a bit of what he himself has been promised, as he 'received'. To Sardis,

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. Revelation 3:5

This is very detailed and specific. To Philadelphia

Him that overcomes 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. (Rev 3:12)

A pillar of society is a prominent person, so these will be leaders in the temple, and bear the name of God, the name of New Jerusalem and Jesus' new name. To Laodicea,

To him that overcomes 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. Rev 3:21

That is just as Jesus is now set by God, so in the future will they be set beside Jesus' throne, just like the Apostles.