Q. I was wondering what the words “he who overcomes” mean when Jesus was addressing the churches in Revelation. What does it mean in the original language? In one of his books on Revelation Tim LaHaye says it is one who is born again. Or…does it mean who ever overcomes the problem Jesus is addressing to that particular church?
Who of us is an overcomer? I am really trying to listen to the Holy Spirit as He nudges me but most of all I holding tight to the righteousness given to me by the Lord by accepting Christ’s gift of salvation.
A. People attach lots of different meanings to this word, but John explained it clearly in his first epistle. Here’s what he said.
“Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” (1 John 5:5)
The Greek word means to conquer or come off victorious. The only way we can overcome this world in general and all of its specific trials, such as those listed in the seven letters, is through the power of the Holy Spirit invested in us at the moment we believed that Jesus is the Son of God. In other words, it’s our faith that makes us over comers.