Victory
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Victory

! . “Nike”. Verb = to win in the face of obstacles, be victor, conquer, overcome, prevail. Noun = Victory!. Victory. ! . Two aspects to the concept of overcoming.. One is automatic for all believers..

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Victory!

“Nike”Verb = to win in the face of obstacles, be victor, conquer, overcome, prevailNoun = Victory!

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Victory!

Two aspects to the concept of overcoming.One is automatic for all believers.One is earned, for those who finish their lives faithful to Jesus Christ.

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A similar pattern is seen in the idea of inheriting.Romans 8:16-17Inheritance with God is unconditionalCo-heirship with Christ is conditional2 Timothy 2:11-13A B BA

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Victory! 2 Timothy 2:11-13

A Verse 11 Salvation Truth B Verse 12a Discipleship Truth B Verse 12b Discipleship TruthA Verse 13 Salvation Truth

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Victory! The Beatitudes – Mt. 5:1-12

These qualities are not true of all believers.The rewards are not true of all believers.

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All believers are heirs of God.We all get into the Kingdom of God.We all inherit eternal life.But not all inherit the same things.

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We shape our future by the way we live today!

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All believers have overcome in one sense.1 John 5:4-5But, the overcoming of Revelation 2-3 is clearly linked to merit, to behavior, to good works.As such, it is conditional, not automatic for all believers!

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Revelation 2:25-27…hold fast what you have till I come……and keeps my works until the end……as I also received from My Father…

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Last week…Rev. 2:4-5“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else…”Clearly, a merit based issue!

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Likewise, the reward was not for all believers, nor was it a means of getting eternal life.Revelation 2:7“To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”’

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Victory! Rev. 2:8-11

Smyrna – The Persecuted ChurchMyrrh = a common perfumeUsed in the anointing oil of the Tabernacle.Also used in embalming dead bodies.Their testimony was sweet aroma to God.

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Victory! Rev. 2:8-11

The presentation of Christ is of One who is eternal, who has conquered death!Rev. 2:8

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The condemnation…(cue crickets)

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Victory! The commendation – 2:9

Good worksEnduring difficultyStruggling with material povertyOpposed by Satanically-motivated Jews

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Victory! The encouragement – 2:10

They were about to go through a time of testing.They were not to be afraid, instead even to be faithful until death.

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Victory! The reward – 2:10

“The crown of life”James 1:12A special reward for those who faithfully endure suffering.

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Victory! The reward – 2:10

Crowns in the New Testament:1 Cor. 9:25 - Imperishable1 Thess. 2:19 – Crown of rejoicing2 Tim. 4:6-8 – Crown of righteousness1 Peter 5:4 – Crown of gloryRev. 4:4 – Crown of gold

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Victory! 2:11

“shall not be hurt by the second death”They may have to suffer the first, but have no need to fear the second.

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