You Can be an Overcomer
Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”—Revelation 12:9, 11.
The verses that come after that (verses 12- 16) explain how the devil is determined to use sinful temptations to destroy as many of us as possible. In that passage, Satan is portrayed as a great dragon trying to devour the offspring of the pure woman, which is the true church. But the promise is given that God’s faithful ones will be enabled to keep the commandments of God, and thus triumph over the devices of the devil:
“And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”—Revelation 12:17.
“Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”—Revelation 14:12.
Some people think that Jesus did all the over- coming for us, when He died on Calvary; so we need not do any overcoming. But all the Bible verses you have just read clearly show that it is God’s faithful ones on earth who, through Christ’s en- abling merits, do the overcoming! Jesus does not do our overcoming for us.
You and I want to receive the promises to over- comers. We want to inherit a home in heaven. It is sin that, in the strength of Christ, we must resist and overcome.
The question needs to be asked again: What is sin? We have learned that, according to the Bible, sin is disobedience to the law of God.