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Revelation 2:26

He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations ;
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Decision;   Perseverance;   Reward;   Righteous;   War;   Scofield Reference Index - Day (of Jehovah);   Thompson Chain Reference - Battle of Life;   Blessings-Afflictions;   Endowments;   Gifts;   Overcomers;   Promises, Divine;   Seven;   The Topic Concordance - Government;   Obedience;   Victory/overcoming;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Perseverance;   Warfare of Saints;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Idol, idolatry;   Perseverance;   Servant;   Thyatira;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Reward;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Patience of God;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Thyatira;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Revelation of John, the;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Gentiles;   Persecution in the Bible;   Revelation, the Book of;   Works;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Asia;   Magi;   Nicolas;   Thyatira;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Angels;   Brotherly Love;   Sanctify, Sanctification;   Thyatira ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Sepharvaim;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Thyatira;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Thyati'ra,;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Authority in Religion;   Philippi;   Revelation of John:;  
Devotionals:
Daily Light on the Daily Path - Devotion for July 3;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Power over the nations - Every witness of Christ has power to confute and confound all the false doctrines and maxims of the nations of the world, for Christianity shall at last rule over all; the kingdom of Christ will come, and the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our God and of his Christ.

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Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

And he that overcometh - notes on Revelation 2:7.

And keepeth my works unto the end - The works that I command and that I require, to the end of his life. Compare John 13:1.

To him will I give power over the nations - The evident meaning of what is said here, and in the next verse, is, that in accordance with the uniform promise made to the redeemed in the New Testament, they would partake of the final triumph anal glory of the Saviour, and be associated with him. It is not said that they would have exclusive power over the nations, or that they would hold offices of trust under him during a personal reign on the earth; but the meaning is, that they would be associated with him in his future glory. Compare the Romans 8:17 note; 1 Corinthians 6:2-3 notes.

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Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

And he that overcometh, and he that keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give authority over the nations:

He that overcometh ... See other comments, above, on this expression. Note that here we have a definition of "overcoming," which means "keeping the works of Christ unto the end." What end is this? Every end, whether the end of difficulties, the end of life, or the end of the ages.

Authority over the nations ... There is an echo here of our Lord's great parable in Luke 20:13-17, wherein the faithful servants were promised rulership over "five cities" and over "ten cities." The manner of the Christian's authority over nations does not appear in this promise, but it is evident subsequently in the prophecy (Revelation 20:4).

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John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And he that overcometh,.... Jezebel and her idolatries, her children, and all that commit adultery with her; such as are not drawn into the same evil practices with them, but bravely stand their ground against the Romish antichrist and his followers, and bear their testimony against his impious doctrines and idolatrous practices:

and keepeth my works unto the end; either of life, or of this church state, or of time, when Christ will personally appear, even at the end of the world; and by his works are meant, not the works which were done by him, as his miracles and works of mercy to the souls and bodies of men, and works of righteousness in obedience to the law, and the work of redemption and salvation; though these are works to be observed, and kept in view, and to be preserved in memory, and for the encouragement of faith and hope; but the works which are commanded, and required by Christ to be done by his people; as the public work of the ministry, by the preachers of the Gospel; and every private work, both internal and external, as the work of faith, the labour of love, and every act of obedience, which is constantly to be discharged. The Arabic version reads, "and keepeth my words and my works"; things both relating to doctrine and practice:

to him will I give power over the nations; or Gentiles, the Papists; so called because of the Pagan notions and worship introduced by them; and because they consist of many nations, tongues, and people, who are deceived, and drawn into idolatry by them: and this power over them may be understood in a spiritual sense, through the preaching of the Gospel, which being attended with the power of God, is the means of converting sinners, and so of weakening the kingdom of Satan, and of antichrist; and which had its fulfilment, at least in part, at the time of the Reformation, and onward, and will have still a greater accomplishment in the spiritual reign of Christ and his people, under the Philadelphian church state; and it may also design the temporal power which the saints shall have over antichrist, when they shall take away his dominion, and consume and destroy it, and the kingdom and the dominion under the whole heaven shall be given to the saints of the most High; Daniel 7:25.

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Geneva Study Bible

20 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give 21 power over the nations:

(20) The conclusion, in which Christ assures to his servants the communion of his kingdom and glory, in this verse, and that following: and commands a holy attention in the last verse (Revelation 2:29).

(21) That is, I will make him a king, by communion with me, and my fellow heir, as it is promised; (Matthew 19:28), (Matthew 25:34) (Romans 8:17) ; (1 Corinthians 6:3) ; (Ephesians 2:6) ; (2 Timothy 2:12).

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Revelation 2:26". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/revelation-2.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

And — implying the close connection of the promise to the conqueror that follows, with the preceding exhortation, Revelation 2:25.

and keepethGreek, “and he that keepeth.” Compare the same word in the passage already alluded to by the Lord, Acts 15:28, Acts 15:29, end.

my works — in contrast to “her (English Version, ‹their‘) works” (Revelation 2:22). The works which I command and which are the fruit of My Spirit.

unto the end — (Matthew 24:13). The image is perhaps from the race, wherein it is not enough to enter the lists, but the runner must persevere to the end.

give powerGreek, “authority.”

over the nations — at Christ‘s coming the saints shall possess the kingdom “under the whole heaven”; therefore over this earth; compare Luke 19:17, “have thou authority [the same word as here] over ten cities.”

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Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

He that overcometh and he that keepeth (ο νικων και ο τηρωνho nikōn kai ho tērōn). Present active articular participles of νικαωnikaō and τηρεωtēreō in the nominative absolute (nominativus pendens) as in Revelation 3:12, Revelation 3:21, resumed by the dative αυτωιautōi (to him), as in Revelation 2:7, Revelation 2:17.

Unto the end (αχρι τελουςachri telous). That is, αχρι ου αν ηχοachri hou an hēxo above.

Authority over the nations (εχουσιαν επι των ετνωνexousian epi tōn ethnōn). From Psalm 2:8. The followers of the Messiah will share in his victory over his enemies (Revelation 1:6; Revelation 12:5; Revelation 19:15).

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Vincent's Word Studies

Keepeth my works ( τηρῶν τὰ ἔργα μου )

The phrase occurs only here in the New Testament. The works are those which Christ commands, which He does, and which are the fruits of His Spsrit. See on John 4:47.

Power ( ἐξουσίαν )

See on John 1:12. Rev., better, authority.

Nations ( ἐθνῶν )

See on Matthew 25:32, and see on Gentiles, Luke 2:32. Properly, here, the Gentiles, as opposed to the true Israel of God.

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Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

By works — Those which I have commanded.

To him will I give power over the nations — That is, I will give him to share with me in that glorious victory which the Father hath promised me over all the nations who as yet resist me, Psalm 2:8,9.

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

Ver. 26. And keepeth my works] In opposition to Jezebel’s works, q.d. that keepeth himself unspotted from the world, that foul lust that lieth in that wicked one, 1 John 5:19.

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Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Revelation 2:26. Will I give power over the nations: This is suitable to the title of the Lord Jesus in the beginning of this Epistle, where he calls himself the Son of God, which implies the possession of regal and universal power; and that the Jews so understood it, is plain from John 1:49 which passage, as well as our Saviour's promise here, plainly allude to the second Psalm. Wherefore our Saviour, after this promise, shews that it is in the same manner that he will give power, as he received it of his Father; who, by declaring him his Son, declared him his Heir in universal power and dominion. How he means that this promise shall be accomplished, is fully shewn, chap. Revelation 20:4 and Revelation 21:7.

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Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary

26.] And (the announcement of reward to the conqueror now first precedes the proclamation to hear what the Spirit saith to the churches: and is joined, here alone, by καί (to the preceding portion of the Epistle; being indeed more closely connected with it in this case than in any of the others; see below) he that conquereth and he that (by the second , this καί is precluded from being taken as introducing a clause merely epexegetical of νικῶν, as Düsterd., al. Rather must we say, that by it ὁ τηρῶν κ. τ. λ. is included in the class pointed out by ὁ νικῶν) keepeth to the end (it is remarkable that immediately after the words, so pointedly alluded to above, in the apostolic decree, Acts 15:28, was added, ἐξ ὧν διατηροῦντες ἑαυτοὺς εὖ πράξετε) my works (contrast to τὰ ἔργα αὐτῆς, Revelation 2:22; but extending beyond that contrast to a general and blessed truth. μου, gen. possess, which belong to Me, are the attributes of Myself and of mine), I will give to him authority over the nations (compare the ἴσθι ἐξουσίαν ἔχων ἐπάνω δέκα πόλεων in Luke 19:17, which is the reward of him who obeyed the command πραγματεύσασθε ἐν ᾧ ἔρχομαι. The authority here spoken of is that which shall be conferred on the saints when they shall inherit the earth, and reign with Christ in His Kingdom. It has been gradually realized, as the stone cut out without hands has broken in pieces other kingdoms; but shall only then find its entire fulfilment. Various insufficient meanings have been given: of which one of the most curious is that of Grot., “Evolvam ilium in gradum presbyteri, ut judicet de iis qui non christiane sed ἐθνικῶς vivunt;” who also understands Revelation 2:27 below of excommunication, “per gladium hic intelligitur verbum Dei, cujus pars est et excommunicato”), and he shall govern (lit. “shepherd.” It is the LXX rendering of the Heb. תְּרֹעֵם, break in pieces, which they have taken as תִּרְעֵם, shepherd, in ref. Ps. The saying, as rendered by them, is sanctioned by being thrice quoted in this book, see reff.) them with (see 1 Corinthians 4:21) a rod of iron (a sceptre of severity: “inflexibili justitia,” as Lyra), as the vessels of pottery are broken up ( συντρίβεται, are crushed, or shivered, or broken up: the συν gives the idea of the multitudinous fragments collapsing into an heap: the “broken to shivers” of the E.V. is very good), as I also have received from my Father (viz. in Psalms 2:9, in which Psalm it is said υἱός μου εἶ σύ, Revelation 2:7. The power there conferred on Me, I will delegate to my victorious servant; see Luke 22:29). And I will give to him the star of the morning (it is not easy to say what, in strict exactness, these words import. The interpretations given, even in the Catena, are very various and inconsistent. Andr(46) and Areth(47) understand it of the Lucifer of Isaiah 14:12, i. e. the devil, whom our Lord saw as lightning fall from heaven,—or, as there imported, the King of Babylon, the most powerful monarch on earth; so Züllig. Another meaning in the Catena is τὸν ὑπὸ τοῦ πέτρου λεχθέντα φώσφορον ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις τῶν πιστῶν ἀνατέλλοντα, 2 Peter 1:19. Victorinus says, “Primam resurrectionem scilicet promittit.” Primas(48), Bed(49), Alcas., Corn.-a-lap., Calov., Vitr., Wolf, Beng., Stern, Ebrard, understand Christ Himself, who, ch. Revelation 22:16, declares Himself to be ὁ ἀστὴρ ὁ λαμπρός, ὁ πρωϊνός: and doubtless, as has been before remarked on the fruit of the tree of life, Revelation 2:7, and on the hidden manna, Revelation 2:17, in the mystical sense, Christ Himself is the sum and inclusion of all Christ’s gifts: this truth serves to connect the symbolism of all these passages, but does not justify us in disturbing that of one by introducing that of another. Here the morning star clearly is not Christ Himself, the very terms of the sentence separating the two. Then again, we have Lyra,—“id est, corpus gloriosum dote claritatis refulgens,”—nearly the same words in which he before explained the white stone, Revelation 2:17, only that there it was “charitatis:” Grot., “dabo et fulgorem, non qualis cuique stellæ, sed Luciferi, qui cæteras stellas multum vincit.” And this interpretation is probably near the mark. In Daniel 12:3 we read that the righteous shall shine ὡς οἱ ἀστέρες, and in Matthew 13:43 that they ἐκλάμψουσιν ὡς ὁ ἥλιος ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτῶν. And in Proverbs 4:18 we read that “the path of the just is as the shining light that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” Still, this interpretation does not quite satisfy the words δώσω αὐτῷ: unless indeed the poetic imagery be, that he is imagined as clad in the glory of that star, putting it on as a jewel, or as a glittering robe. De Wette supposes it is to be given to him as its ruler: but such an interpretation would lead into a wide field of speculation which does not seem to have been opened by Scripture, and is hardly required by the passage itself).

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Alford, Henry. "Commentary on Revelation 2:26". Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hac/revelation-2.html. 1863-1878.

Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

Revelation 2:26. νικῶιδώσω αὐτῷ) The things which you may suppose not to sound so well in Greek, will sound well when cast in Hebrew mould of thought. See instances, ch. Revelation 6:8, Revelation 7:2, Revelation 9:12 (where the feminine is put for the neuter), 14, Revelation 20:8. There is a very similar construction, κύριος, ἐν οὐρανῷ θρόνος αὐτοῦ, Psalms 11:4; and so Psalms 57:5 (4), Psalms 103:15.— ἐπὶ τῶν ἐθνῶν) Psalms 2:8-9, αἴτησαι παρʼ ἐμοῦ, καὶ δώσω σοὶ ἔθνη τὴν κληρονομίαν σου, καὶ τὴν κατάσχεσίν σου τὰ πέρατα τῆς γῆς· ποιμανεῖς αὐτοὺς ἐν ῥάβδῳ σιδηρᾷ, ὡς σκεύη κεραμέως συντρίψεις αὐτούς.

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Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end: See Poole on "Revelation 2:7", See Poole on "Revelation 2:11", See Poole on "Revelation 2:17". Overcoming is here expounded by keeping Christ’s works; that is, either the works by him commanded, or walking as he walked, and persevering therein to the end of his or their lives.

To him will I give power over the nations; either to judge those who live heathenish lives; or to convert nations to the faith; or, which is most probable, he shall sit with me upon a throne in the day of judgment, Matthew 19:28, and judge the world, 1 Corinthians 6:2.

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Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture

побеждает См. пояснение к ст. 7.

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Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament

Over the nations; they shall not prevail against him, but he shall prevail over them.

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Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Revelation 2:26. And he that overcometh. We come now to the promise contained in this Epistle for the faithful, and it will be observed that for the first time it is not preceded by the call to him ‘that hath ears to hear.’ That call in the four last Epistles of the seven is reserved for the close (comp. on Revelation 2:7).

And he that keepeth my works unto the end. The construction of the original shows that this description is distinct from the preceding. Attention ought to be directed to the expression ‘My works,’ commentators appearing to miss their force. They are not simply the works which Jesus commands, but those which He does,—a fresh illustration of that close identification of Jesus with His people which marks the writings of St. John. We meet the opposite identification, that of Jezebel and her followers, in Revelation 2:22.

To him will I give authority over the nations. By the ‘nations’ we are not to understand the nations as such, but the nations as opposed to the true Israel of God, and as alienated from God,—properly the Gentiles. The allusion is to Psalms 2:8-9; and the believer shall not merely have power, but rightful power, authority, over them.

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

keepeth. See Revelation 1:3.

end. See Matthew 24:13. Compare App-125.

power. App-172.

over. App-104.

nations. Greek. ethnos. Genitive translation Gentiles.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

And - implying the close connection of the promise with the exhortation, Revelation 2:25.

And keepeth - `and he that keepeth:' alluding, as in Revelation 2:24, to Acts 15:28-29, end.

My works - in contrast to 'her (or their) works' (Revelation 2:22). The works which I command, the fruit of my Spirit.

Unto the end - (Matthew 24:13.) The image is from the race, wherein it is not enough to enter the lists: the runner must persevere to the end.

Give power, [ exousian (Greek #1849)] - 'authority.'

Over the nations. At Christ's coming, the saints shall possess the kingdom "under the whole heaven" (Daniel 7:27): therefore over this earth (cf. Luke 19:17).

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
he
7,11,17; 3:5,12,21; 21:7; Romans 8:37; 1 John 5:5
keepeth
Matthew 24:13; Luke 8:13-15; John 6:29; 8:31,32; Romans 2:7; 1 Thessalonians 3:5; Hebrews 10:38,39; James 2:20; 1 John 2:19; 3:23
to him will I give
3:21; 20:4; 22:5; Psalms 49:14; Daniel 7:18,22,27; Matthew 19:28; Luke 22:29,30; 1 Corinthians 6:3,4
Reciprocal: Leviticus 25:44 - GeneralJoshua 10:24 - put your feet;  Judges 5:13 - he made;  1 Kings 22:4 - I am as thou;  Psalm 2:9 - GeneralPsalm 119:33 - I shall keep;  Isaiah 26:6 - GeneralIsaiah 40:10 - his arm;  Isaiah 60:12 - GeneralMicah 4:13 - thou shalt;  Matthew 10:22 - but;  Matthew 25:21 - I will;  Luke 6:23 - your;  Luke 19:17 - been;  1 Corinthians 6:2 - the saints;  Galatians 6:9 - if;  Hebrews 6:11 - unto;  1 John 5:4 - overcometh;  Revelation 12:5 - rule;  Revelation 12:10 - the power;  Revelation 12:11 - they overcame;  Revelation 22:19 - and from

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E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament

Figurative language must be based on some literal fact or possible fact. Christians are not to exercise any temporal rule over the world on the basis of their religious profession, but they are to be joint rulers with Christ as to spiritual conduct that will please the Lord. (See the comments at Revelation 1:6.) This partnership with Christ is on condition that the disciple is faithful unto the end, which means until death if such should be imposed upon him.

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Hanserd Knollys' Commentary on Revelation

Revelation 2:26

Revelation 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

Unto the end

The conclusion of this epistle followeth in the four last verses of this chapter, wherein you have an addition annexed unto the ordinary qualification of those persons, to whom Christ in these epistles maketh great and precious promises (as in Revelation 2:7; Revelation 2:11; Revelation 2:17), which addition annexed, is perseverance in the works of Christ, viz, the work of faith, the labor of love, the service of charity, and all the works of piety which god commandeth in the Holy Scripture of truth to be done or performed by his ministers and saints. { Matthew 28:20} "Unto the end," that Isaiah, to the end of their lives, or until he comes again.

To him will I give power over the Nations.

There is no power that we read of in the Holy Scripture, which the saints have been given by Christ over the nations (or gentiles or heathens), but that power and dominion of rule and government, which he hath purchased, and God hath promised to give them in the last days; the power which Christ purchased for his redeemed ones, over the nations and kingdoms of the world, is a kingly power and authority. { Revelation 5:9-10} Thou hast redeemed us with thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people and nation and hath made us unto our God kings and priests, and we shall reign on earth. Likewise, the power which God hath promised to his saints over the nations, is a kingly power and dominion. { Daniel 7:27} And the kingdom and dominion, and greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most high. But for any other power, either spiritual or ecclesiastical, which the saints should have over the nations, we know not how it can be proved by scripture; but many scriptures do bear a clear testimony, that the saints shall have a kingly power over the nations when Christ comes the second time. See the exposition of Revelation 1:6; Revelation 5:9-10; Revelation 20:4. See KNOLLYS: Revelation 1:6

See KNOLLYS: Revelation 5:9

See KNOLLYS: Revelation 5:10

See KNOLLYS: Revelation 20:4

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Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms

Revelation 2:26. And he that overcomes and keeps my works to the end, to him will I give power over the heathen. In regard to the first and, which is wanting in some copies, Bengel remarks: "With this little word the present alone begins of all the seven promises; whence we may conclude that this addition has a peculiar connection with the preceding address." To the and at the beginning corresponds the expression: and keeps my works to the end, as a resumption of what had been said previously about keeping what they had till the Lord came. The keeping forms the contrast to the self-willed or thoughtless forgetting; comp. Revelation 1:3. The: to keep the command, the word, or such like, is a form of expression of which John is particularly fond. Bengel: "My works." In these I have gone before him with my example, and in doing them he, as my servant, obeys my commands. These works may be learned from the opposite things in ch. Revelation 22:15. Elsewhere it is said simply, "He that overcomes;" but here there is subjoined, "and keeps my works to the end." So long as a man still lives on the earth, however far he may have attained, he cannot say, I have overcome." For each individual the end is the period of his death, when the Lord comes for him. For the church at large it takes place in the fullest sense at the Lord's advent and appearance for judgment. The end, however, and the Lord's appearance for judgment, often takes place beforehand in a provisional manner, at the close of every dispensation or epoch, such, for example, as the judgment on Jerusalem—comp. Matthew 10:22; and the judgment likewise on heathen Rome bore a similar character.

The promise given to conquering fidelity, is power over the heathen. By an abuse of 1 Corinthians 8:9, 1 Corinthians 6:12, the Gnostics continually had in their month the power or dominion over the world, and under the pretence of this they led the Christians, who adhered to them, into the service of corruption (2 Peter 2:19), of heathenism. "Only a small pool of water (they said, according to Porphyry in Neander's Church History, ii. p. 665), can be defiled by anything filthy being thrown into it, not the ocean which receives everything, because it knows its own greatness. So, it is only the little man that is overcome by food; but he who is an ocean of power, receives every thing into himself, and is not defiled." "If we (they said, according to the same passage of Porphyry) fly from food, then we are in bondage to the sense of fear; but all must be in subjection to us." "We must," so spake these valiant spirits, according to Clemens of Alexandria, in Neander, p. 664, "through the gratification of lust overcome lust. For, there is nothing great in restraining lust, if one has not tried it; but the greatness lies in not being overcome by lust, when one has experience of it." In opposition to these false and destructive sentiments, the Lord declares that he who stoutly resists them, and abides stedfast by the law, which they mock and nullify, shall come to the possession of a glorious power, to the ascendancy over heathenism and the heathen world. This promise has been gloriously fulfilled. The Christian church, because it conquered and kept, overcame heathenism, while in so far as it imbibed the principles of Gnosticism, and sought power in the way of a false freedom, instead of doing so in the way of obedience, soon disappeared, without leaving a trace of its existence.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

26.Unto the end—Of his life trial.

Power over the nations— Identification with the Son of God, who is heir of all the promises of the second psalm.

 

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The Expositor's Greek Testament

Revelation 2:26. Triumph here consists in unflagging attention to the duties of a Christian vocation. The are (Revelation 14:12, Revelation 19:8) the normal activities of this calling, viewed as the outcome of a personal relation to Jesus; they are “his,” as commanded by him and executed in his strength. The general idea of this and the following verse is that the only irresistible force is the force of a life which is able to resist seduction and compromise, because it holds to faith and purity. The promise of reward, preceding (as in Revelation 3:5; Revelation 3:12; Revelation 3:21) the appeal for attention, is couched in terms of messianic conquest (from Psalms 2:8-9). In a more or less figurative form, the rule of the saints, a cherished hope of Jewish eschatology, had its own attraction for some circles of early Christianity (see on Revelation 5:10 and 1 Corinthians 6:3; and for , the well-known flail wielded by Horus, the Egyptian god of requital or warfare): evidently it appealed to their eagerness for a righting of present wrongs and a reversal of the immoral sway of captain ill over captive good. The (by which they are not governed but shivered in irreparable ruin; cf.Isaiah 30:14, Jeremiah 19:11) is defined with ferocious detail in 27; the whole description is modelled on a traditionally messianic application of (LXX) Psalms 2:8-9. For the shepherd’s staff as a royal sceptre see E. Bi. 4317. . . ., God, Christ, and the individual Christian as in Revelation 3:21 (John 17:16-22). “Illud aliquam similitudinem, non paritatem significat” (Rosenmüller). John 21:15-17 is not “a deliberate correction of this terrible sentence” (Selwyn, 195), but the mature expression of Christian solicitude in a different province, from which messianic incongruities have been wholly purged.

 

 

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