I received the following question:

HE WHO OVERCOMES……. Rev. 2:26, 3:5, 3:12 and 3:21. These verses are probably not referring to salvation?

Your comments please.

The verses you list are the last four of a set of seven such verses speaking of the overcomers in Revelation 2-3.

Revelation 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.”’

Revelation 2:11. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”

Revelation 2:17. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.”

Revelation 2:26-28. And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—
27. ‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron;
They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’—
as I also have received from My Father; 28. and I will give him the morning star.

Revelation 3:5. He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.

Revelation 3:12. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.

Revelation 3:21. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

Revelation 21:7 provides a final occurrence to add to this set of seven.

7. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.

When we consider who the overcomers are, I think it helps to realize that the tribulation period is really a time of testing of those who are on earth. Those who overcome at that time are those who pass this test with flying colors. That is what it means to be an overcomer.

No, these verses are not referring to salvation, as we would think of it. Really the salvation we enjoy now, a salvation which involves believing the gospel regarding Jesus Christ, being placed “in Him,” and receiving the forgiveness of sins and the guarantee of life through Him, seems in many ways to be a part of God’s plan both for the Acts period and for today, but not for times to come, any more than salvation was for times past before Christ even died so the gospel even could be proclaimed. The fact is that when God’s kingdom comes, much that is by faith now will become sight. All will know that Jesus Christ is Lord because it will be proven to them by God’s Spirit. To believe this once it is proven to all will not be an act of faith, therefore, and so salvation by faith in our gospel will no longer be the means of receiving life.

Yet certainly there will still be the hope of unending life in Christ. If you are speaking of this, then we have to relate that to the “overcomers” in the context of the tribulation period. These overcomers will be promoted, due to their superlative conduct during the tribulation period, to reign with Christ in His parousia. This will result in them ruling and reigning with Him during the thousand years of this period. I would imagine their status would be to continue into the New Heavens and the New Earth as well. I do not think they would be overcomers in one period and then be cut out of the next! They will be rewarded for their love and loyalty toward God, and that will result in their continued life perpetually. Yet this is not in the context of “salvation” as we think of it today, since they receive this by overcoming, not by faith in the gospel we believe.

Hope that helps you sort these things out.

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