“The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from My Father.” Revelation [2:26]-27
Jesus doesn’t just warn us of judgment for unrepentance. He also promises reward for those who conquer the deceiver by holding to the truth.
The reward is ultimately Himself. But here, Jesus specifically highlights that we will be rewarded by having the privilege of ruling with Him. The nations who for so long raged against God will soon submit to His rule. And the governments who so mistreated God’s people will now be under the authority of those they once persecuted. “So the last will be first, and the first last” (Matthew [20:16]). The meek shall inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5) and the strong will be put to shame (1 Corinthians [1:27]).
Politicians, military leaders, world influencers, and the super wealthy can seem impressively powerful in this life. They get a lot of attention; they make important decisions; and they shape the course of history. Despite how powerful these groups may be on Earth, the King of Heaven is not impressed with them, nor will He be refused their submission to His rule. And the amazing promise held out to us is that we rule with Him if we hold fast to the truth and conquer Satan’s lies.
Lord, may Your reign spread across the world, over every nation. We look forward to the day of Your final victory and ruling with You. Amen.
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