“To the one who conquers…”, pt. 7: Rev. 3:21

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This is perhaps the most important word of conquering in John’s seven messages to the churches because the Christian conqueror is called to participate in the same way that Jesus Himself conquered. There’s a pattern to this promise:
Christian: Conquering –> Sitting on the throne AS
Jesus: Conquered –> Sits on the throne with His father.

The Christian conquers and sits on the throne just as Jesus conquers and sits on the throne with His Father. For the Christian to conquer differently would break the pattern:
Christian: Conquering 1 –> Sitting on the throne AS
Jesus: Conquered 2 –> Sitting on the throne with His father.

The implications are that Christians must conquer in the same way that Jesus conquered so that they sit on the throne with Jesus in the same way that Jesus sits on the throne with His Father. To conquer differently than Jesus is to relinquish one’s inheritance to the throne of Jesus. It’s to break the pattern that John sets up. The conjunction John uses here (hos; “as I also conquered”) is used to compare two things in the fashion of a simile. Many examples could be used but a few are Rev 1:14 (“hairs…were white like wool”), Rev. 2:18 (“Eyes like a flame of fire”), and 18:6 (“Pay her back as she herself has paid back others”). This conjunction connects two ideas and describes one thing in terms of another. The Ancient of Days hair is not unlike wool in 1:14. His eyes are not unlike flames of fire in 2:18. And Babylon is paid back in the same way as she has paid back others in 18:6. Therefore, it would be impossible for John to use this conjunction to create a contrast. That is, he’s saying the Christian conquer must conquer in the same way as Jesus. He is not divorcing the two characters conquering nor the methods by which they conquer.

The reward to those who conquer will be to sit on the throne with Jesus (cf. 2:26; 20:4; Matt; 19:28)

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