“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
Since it has been over two years since we covered this topic AND since ETPR has been attempting to go over important end times topics recently AND since this IS an important end times topic, we decided to focus on it once more for any readers who may have missed it the first time around.
The piece we did the first time around in April 2019 was entitled The ONE Thing Believers Have to Give.
Some things bear repeating–and what bears repeating is a good way to hit the high points of that article.
Believers face chaos and other circumstance which might easily provoke fear in a man who does not have God by his side.
Through all of the listed challenges–and many others–the believer has to remember that believers overcome because they have ONE thing to give.
“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
Believers “loved not their lives unto death.”
Either one believes that this present life is nothing more than a test to determine where one spends his eternity–OR he does not.
Which is why they are called “believers.”
Believers “loved not their lives unto death.”
Believers will give their testimony of Jesus Christ, which will cost them their lives.
Ultimately, their life in this present world is the only thing believers have to give to overcome Satan and his workers of iniquity.
It is very important that believers remember this in the months to come.
—The ONE Thing Believers Have to Give
Believers have their lives (in this world) to offer God.
This is a way of “walking the walk.”
Some people talk the talk BUT offering one’s life to God when Satan and the man of sin are killing Christians is “walking the walk.”
It should also be remembered that ANYONE who suffers physical persecution for Jesus Christ CEASES TO SIN.
“Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin”
(Now, there are those who teach that 1PETER 4:1 does not mean the person stops all sinful behavior, but is evidence of a transformed life. BUT, those who have undergone the new birth have a NEW RELATIONSHIP with God as it pertains to sin. So, regardless of what one believes on this point, the person suffering in the flesh is NOT in bad shape, God-wise.)
John mentions this in his First Epistle.
“Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”
“We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.”
John ALSO mentions a reason WHY believers will be offering God their lives.
“Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”
God’s Word states that many (NOT ALL) believers will leave this present life by beheading.
“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”
There are SOME who make it to the day when Jesus returns: those are they who will participate in the gathering together (rapture).
But, whether they live or die, believers WILL suffer persecution for the name of Jesus Christ: it comes with the territory.
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
But be that as it all may, readers should be reminded that Satan and his workers of iniquity are overcome by “loving not (one’s) lives unto death.”
And by OVERCOMING in this manner, God is offered the overcomer’s life in this world.
The one thing that a believer can offer God when the chips are down.
WHAT does the reader think about giving his life up to show his love of God?
IS the reader prepared to ‘walk the walk’ about Jesus and His Father?
It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: August 4, 2021.]
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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