The Man Who Overcomes by Mike Kiser

Revelation 2:17

Introduction

  1. Three things catch our attention immediately: the hidden manna; the new name; and the white stone.
  2. The “hidden manna” is that which shall spiritually sustain us throughout eternity. John 6:51; Revelation 2:7.
  3. The “new name” reminds us of Jacob’s name being change to Israel after the great wrestling match! Isaiah 62:2; Acts 11:26; Isaiah 56:5.
  4. The white stone bears three interpretations: acquittal; hospitality; and victory. The last is the usage I understand.
  5. There are three great victories that enable us to “overcome.”

Discussion

The Battle with Doubt.

  1. Not all drift into the kingdom like a ship at high tide. (1) Abraham- Genesis 13:8; (2) John the Baptist- Matthew 11:3; (3) Peter- Matthew 14:31; (4) Martha- John 11:29; (5) Thomas- John 20:25.
  2. We agonize over many questions:  Is there really a God?  Is Jesus really the Son of God?  Is the Bible really the word of God?  Is the church really necessary?  Is baptism really essential?
  3. In the end, we will know victory.  I John 5:4; Psalms 1:1, 2.

 The Battle with Sin.

  1. Sin is a problem for every life. Romans 3:23.  Some always seem to walk in sunshine; and others always pass through some moral storm!  We know that Satan wants to be our Master.  John 13:2; 2 Corinthians 4:4; I Peter. 5:4.
  2. Why does this battle continue to rage in our hearts after being saved? (1)  Old habits- Romans 7:18, 19; (2) Uneducated conscience-Acts 24:16; (3) Lack of knowledge of things being wrong- Ephesians 4:22-24; I Peter 2:11; (4) Influence of old associations- John 18:18, 25; I Corinthians 15:33.
  3. The Psalms of David are not the fruit of David’s sins; but of his struggle against sin. We too can win this battle.   I Corinthians 10:13

 The Battle with Afflictions.

  1. Every Christian will attend this school sometime. II Timothy 3:12
  2. Many are the rooms of suffering: (1) Physical- II Corinthians 12:7; (2) Emotional- II Samuel 18:38; 19:4; (3) Financial- I Timothy 6:9
  3. Nothing can separate us from the love of God. Romans 8:35-37

Conclusion

  1. Are you overcoming or being overcome? 12:21; Rev. 12:11
  2. After the battles are over, we can say: II Timothy 4:6-8;  Revelation 21:7