“To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” (Revelation 3:21)
Jesus said that those that “overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame…” This lets us know plainly that we, like Jesus, will also have to come through great tribulation, to be able to overcome. Much of this will happen at the hands of loved ones and long time friends who supposedly are saved. But when we ourselves awake out of lukewarmness, the spirit that some of our “friends” really are of gets offended, and then goes to resisting us. It is very hard for those who believe they are “rich and increased in goods” (whether physical or spiritual goods) to forsake their own riches to receive the true riches in Christ Jesus.
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.” (Matthew 19:23-30)
But this throne is a spiritual one. One where we also can reign over all the evil of this life, and by holy living judge by living the righteous judgements found in the Word of God.
- “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?” (1 Corinthians 6:2-3)
- “If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us” (2 Timothy 2:12)
Note: how we over come, as he overcame – by suffering for his sake. And also note, if we are suffering right, we will still maintain a sweet spirit and be able to continue worshiping Jesus from the heart. And it is this spirit of worship that raises our spirit right up to the throne of Jesus Christ!
“And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.” (Revelation 4:2)