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Revelation 21:7

He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Adoption;   Decision;   Perseverance;   Readings, Select;   Righteous;   War;   Thompson Chain Reference - Battle of Life;   Future, the;   Heaven;   Heavenly;   Home;   Overcomers;   Promises, Divine;   The Topic Concordance - Children;   Inheritance;   Unbelief;   Victory/overcoming;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Reward of Saints, the;   Warfare of Saints;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Jerusalem;   Solomon's Song;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Apocalyptic literature;   Inheritance;   Vision;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Apocalyptic;   Church, the;   Condemnation;   Confidence;   Create, Creation;   Jesus Christ;   Touch;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Adoption;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Isaac;   Noah;   Revelation of John, the;   Thousand Years;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Heaven;   Heritage;   Inheritance;   Revelation, the Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Children (Sons) of God;   Hope;   Love, Lover, Lovely, Beloved;   Revelation, Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Adoption;   Alpha and Omega (2);   Children of God, Sons of God;   Eschatology;   Heir;   Heir Heritage Inheritance;   Lots;   Sanctify, Sanctification;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Eternal State;   Son;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Bride;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Revelation of John:;  
Devotionals:
Daily Light on the Daily Path - Devotion for September 23;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Inherit all things - Here he had no inheritance; there he shall inherit the kingdom of heaven, and be with God and Christ, and have every possible degree of blessedness.

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Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

He that overcometh - See the notes on Revelation 2:7.

Shall inherit all things - Be an heir of God in all things. See the notes on Romans 8:17. Compare Revelation 2:7, Revelation 2:11, Revelation 2:17, Revelation 2:26; Revelation 3:5, Revelation 3:12, Revelation 3:21.

And I will be his God - That is, forever. He would be to them all that is properly implied in the name of God; he would bestow upon them all the blessings which it was appropriate for God to bestow. See the 2 Corinthians 6:18 note; Hebrews 8:10 note.

And he shall be my son - He shall sustain to me the relation of a son, and shall be treated as such. He would ever onward sustain this relation, and be honored as a child of God.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Revelation 21:7". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/revelation-21.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

He that overcometh,.... All spiritual enemies, sin, Satan, and the world, the antichristian beast, his image, mark, and number of his name; who is more than a conqueror through Christ; one that perseveres to the end, notwithstanding all temptations, trials, and difficulties; See Gill on Revelation 2:7,

shall inherit all things; the kingdom of Christ in the new Jerusalem state, and all things in it; heaven, eternal glory and happiness, and everlasting salvation; yea, God himself, who is the portion, and exceeding great reward of his people, and will be all in all. The Alexandrian copy, and the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Arabic versions, read, "these things": the new heaven, and new earth, the presence of God with men, freedom from all evils, and divine refreshments from the fountain of living water before mentioned:

and I will be his God, and he shall be my Son; Christ is not only concerned in predestination to the adoption of children, in making way by redemption for the enjoyment of this blessing, and in the actual donation of it; but he himself, who is the mighty God, is the everlasting Father, and his people are his spiritual seed and offspring, and in his kingdom he will see his seed, and prolong his days; he will long enjoy them, and present them to himself, and afterwards to his Father, saying as in Hebrews 2:13 and though they are now, in the present state of things, the sons of God, yet it does not appear so manifest that they are, or at least what they shall be; but in this new and glorious state of things, it will be abundantly manifest that they are the sons of God and seed of Christ; and it will be known how glorious they are, and shall be, when they shall see Christ in his glory, and be like him; who will now be πατηρ του μελλοντος αιωνος, "the Father of the world to come", as the Septuagint render the phrase in Isaiah 9:6.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Revelation 21:7". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/revelation-21.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

He that overcometh — another aspect of the believer‘s life: a conflict with sin, Satan, and the world is needed. Thirsting for salvation is the first beginning of, and continues for ever (in the sense of an appetite and relish for divine joys) a characteristic of the believer. In a different sense, the believer “shall never thirst.”

inherit all things — A, B, Vulgate, and Cyprian read, “these things,” namely, the blessings described in this whole passage. With “all things,” compare 1 Corinthians 3:21-23.

I will be his GodGreek, “I will be to him a God,” that is, all that is implied of blessing in the name “God.”

he shall be my son — “He” is emphatic: He in particular and in a peculiar sense, above others: Greek, “shall be to me a son,” in fullest realization of the promise made in type to Solomon, son of David, and antitypically to the divine Son of David.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Revelation 21:7". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/revelation-21.html. 1871-8.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

He that overcometh (ο νικωνho nikōn). Recalls the promises at the close of each of the Seven Letters in chapters 2 and 3.

Shall inherit (κληρονομησειklēronomēsei). Future active of κληρονομεωklēronomeō word with great history (Mark 10:17; 1 Peter 1:4; Galatians 4:7; Romans 8:17), here interpreted for the benefit of these who share in Christ‘s victory.

I will be his God (Εσομαι αυτωι τεοςEsomai autōi theos). Repeated Old Testament promise (first to Abraham, Genesis 17:7.). Cf. Revelation 21:3.

He shall be my son (αυτος εσται μοι υιοςautos estai moi huios). Made first of Solomon (2 Samuel 7:14) and applied to David later in Psalm 89:26.

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Vincent's Word Studies

All things ( πάντα )

The correct reading is ταῦτα thesethings. So Rev.

His God ( αὐτῷ Θεὸς )

Lit., God unto him.

My Son ( μοι ὁ υἱός )

Lit., the Son to me. See on John 1:12. This is the only place in John's writings where υἱός sonis used of the relation of man to God.

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Wesley's Explanatory Notes

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

He that overcometh — Which is more than, "he that thirsteth." Shall inherit these things - Which I have made new.

I will be his God, and he shall be my son — Both in the Hebrew and Greek language, in which the scriptures were written, what we translate shall and will are one and the same word. The only difference consists in an English translation, or in the want of knowledge in him that interprets what he does not understand.

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Ver. 7. He that overcometh] Gr. "He that is overcoming," or not yielding, though he hath not yet overcome; if he be but doing at it, and do not yield up the bucklers, ο νικων, quasi μη εικων.

Shall inherit all things] Tanquam haeres ex asse. All God’s servants are sons, and every son an heir.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Revelation 21:7". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/revelation-21.html. 1865-1868.

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Observe here, 1. That our design of happiness must be accompanied with endeavours after it, or they will be ineffectual; to thirsting in the former verse, he joins overcoming in this verse: we must not barely wish, but work; not only talk, but fight; and not only fight but overcome our spiritual enemies in fighting, or we are miserable; how strong soever our desires after happiness may be supposed to be, without proportionable endeavours we can have no good ground of hope.

Observe, 2. He that overcometh, that is, he that is overcoming, he that daily maintains the combat, though he has not yet obtained a perfect conquest over his spiritual enemies, yet he keeps the field with sword in hand, resolving never to throw down his weapon, but to die as a conqueror, rather than be taken a prisoner.

Observe, 3. The encouraging promise given to the conqueror, He shall inherit all things.

Where note, The extent and latitude of the promise, the enjoying all things, that is, all blessings and benefits, all joys and comforts, that are requisite to make him perfectly and perpetually happy.

Note also, God's way and manner of dispensing the mercy promised, and that is, by free gift, he shall inherit all things, not merit any thing; an inheritance is gratuitum paterni amoris pignus, an estate freely given by the father to his children.

Observe, 4. A superadded promise, I will be his God, and he shall be my son; that is, I will give him the manifestation of his adoption before angels and men: I am now his God, and he is now my son, but the world knoweth it not; they brand my people for a generation of hypocrites, and sometimes they call in question their own sincerity, and their title to the privilege of adoption; but at the great day I will publicly own them before angels and men, and make it appear that I love them as a father, and they shall live with me as sons for ever and ever: He that overcometh, &c.

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Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

He that overcometh, shall inherit all things: God revealed this to John almost sixteen hundred years since; and how long it shall be before this glorious time shall come, God alone knows: the most of this time hath been, and will be, a time of fighting with the world, the flesh, and the devil; but whoever he be that shall fight this good fight, and come out of it a conqueror, shall inherit all the joys and happiness of heaven.

I will be his God, and he shall be my son: I will be to him all in all; I will be his God to love and glorify him, and he shall be with me as my son, to live with me for ever and ever.

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Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture

Побеждающий Ср. 1Ин. 5:4, 5. Любой, кто проявляет спасительную веру в Иисуса Христа (см. пояснение к 2:7).

наследует Духовное наследие, которое получат все верующие (1Пет. 1:4; ср. Мф. 25:23), состоит в полноте нового создания. Ср. Рим. 8:16, 17.

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Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

He that overcometh shall inherit these things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

He that overcometh shall inherit these things ... See under verse 6, above, for a list of the fourteen promises in Revelation to those who overcome, of which this is the last one. Collectively, they show how rich indeed are the wonderful promises of God for his children. "This amazing paragraph, through Revelation 21:8, is distinctive in that here alone in Revelation, God is represented as the speaker."[18] This is most appropriate, as it deals with a "new creation," something that only God can do.

ENDNOTE:

[18] G. R. Beasley-Murray, op. cit., p. 312.

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Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

‘He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.’

This is the focus of the whole book, the overcomer. The letters of the seven churches are written for their benefit and encouragement, the body of Revelation has revealed their battles, their sufferings and their glory, and now they receive their inheritance, ‘the inheritance of the people of God in light’ (Colossians 1:12; Colossians 3:24; Ephesians 1:11; Ephesians 1:14). ‘I will be his God and he will be my son’. The cherished promise of 2 Samuel 7:14 to David (compare Psalms 2:7), applied to Jesus Christ in Hebrews 1:5, is here applies to His people. They will be His beloved, specially chosen and precious.

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Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

The overcomer (i.e, every believer) will inherit these things (i.e, the blessings of the new creation mentioned). This promise completes and summarizes the other seven promises to overcomers in chapters2,3. Inheriting emphasizes the privilege of obtaining something because of the work of another in contrast to one"s own work.

"The phrase "I will be his God and he will be My son" is defined elsewhere as a statement of special honor, not of regeneration. The Davidic Covenant promised to David"s Song of Solomon,, Song of Solomon, "I will be a Father to him and he will be a son to Me" ( 2 Samuel 7:14). The intent of the phrase was to signify a special, intimate relationship. [Note: Dillow, p472.]

Paul used the two Greek words huioi, "sons," and tekna, "children," synonymously, but John distinguished their two meanings whenever he used them: mature sons and simply children.

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Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Revelation 21:7. He that overcometh is the same as he that is ‘athirst,’ and is only viewed in another aspect of his glorious position. In reference to Jesus he is always thirsty; in reference to the world and the devil he is always a conqueror. By the use of the word ‘overcometh,’ the last part of the Apocalypse is bound closely to its first (comp. the promises in chaps. 2-3).

The promise is, I will be his God, and he shall be my son. God will be his God, his Father: he will be God’s son, enjoying the spirit of adoption by which we cry, Abba, Father, and living in that love and confidence which mark a son in a loving father’s house and presence.

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

overcometh. Last of seventeen occurances in Rev. See Revelation 2:7 and App-197.

inherit. Greek. kleronomeo. Only here in Rev.

all. The texts read "these".

son. App-108.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

He that overcometh. Another aspect of the believer's life: conflict with sin, Satan, and the world. Thirsting for salvation is the beginning of faith, and continues forever (as a relish for divine joys) characteristic of the believer. In a different sense, the believer 'shall never thirst.'

Inherit all things - (1 Corinthians 3:21-23.) 'Aleph (') A B, Vulgate, Cyprian, read, 'these things:' the blessings described.

I will be his God - `to him a God;' i:e., all that is implied of blessing in "God."

He shall be my son - emphatic: He, in a special sense, above others: 'shall be to me a son,' fully realizing the promise made to Solomon, son of David, and antitypically to the Divine Son, of David.

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Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(7) He that overcometh shall inherit all things . . .—Rather, He that conquereth shall inherit these things; and I will be to him God, and he shall be to me a son. The general promise of Revelation 21:3 is in part repeated, and this time more individually. Again we catch, as it were, the echo of the promises to the Seven Churches, the blessing is for him that conquereth. The idea of the war and the conquest is a favourite one with St. John. (John 16:33, and 1 John 2:13-14; 1 John 5:4-5; see also Note on Revelation 2:7.) The source and weapon of victory have been before stated: the blood of the Lamb, the word of their testimony (Revelation 12:11), and the victory of faith (1 John 5:4).

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Foy E. Wallace's Commentary on the Book of Revelation

7. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my Song of Solomon--21:7.

The expression "he that overcometh" was employed here the first time since the repeated use of the phrase in the letters to the seven churches, which is a plain indication that the reference was to that period and to the events that belonged to it. The term inherit imports the thought of the privileges of citizenship in the heavenly Jerusalem; and to inherit all things was inclusive of that which had been described in preceding verses and the implied in the following words:

And I will be his God, and he shall be my son. Here was an allusion to the promises of Samuel to David (2 Samuel 7:14), concerning the Davidic throne, which were quoted by Paul (Hebrews 1:5) as having been fulfilled in Christ. The old Davidic order of Judaism had ended, and this promise had a new significance; the old tabernacle of David that had fallen down (Acts 15:13-17) was rebuilt in the church which it had typified, and all of the spiritual blessings included in "the sure mercies of David" (Acts 13:33-34) were available in the new tabernacle. Therefore, all who had "overcome" the tribulations were entering anew into all of the promises of the New Jerusalem, theretofore hindered by the rival opposition of Judaism; but that hindrance having been removed, the full and free blessings flowing from "the fountain of the water of life" (verse 6) would be the unmingled spiritual inheritance of the overcomers.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
overcometh
2:11,17,25
inherit
1 Samuel 2:8; Proverbs 3:35; Isaiah 65:9; Matthew 19:29; 25:34; Mark 10:17; 1 Corinthians 3:21-23; 1 Peter 1:3,4; 3:9
all things
or, these things. and I.
3; Zechariah 8:8; Romans 8:15-17; Hebrews 8:10; 1 John 3:1-3
Reciprocal: Exodus 6:7 - I will be;  Leviticus 26:12 - will be;  Psalm 37:29 - GeneralPsalm 73:26 - portion;  Proverbs 8:21 - fill;  Isaiah 60:21 - inherit;  Jeremiah 31:33 - and will;  Jeremiah 32:38 - GeneralEzekiel 14:11 - that they;  Ezekiel 36:28 - be people;  Ezekiel 37:23 - they be;  Zechariah 13:9 - It is my people;  Matthew 24:47 - That;  Matthew 25:21 - I will;  Luke 6:23 - your;  John 20:17 - your Father;  Romans 8:14 - they are;  Romans 8:17 - heirs of;  Romans 8:32 - how;  Romans 8:37 - Nay;  2 Corinthians 6:10 - and;  2 Corinthians 6:16 - I will be;  2 Corinthians 6:18 - a Father;  2 Corinthians 8:9 - that ye;  Galatians 3:26 - GeneralGalatians 3:29 - heirs;  Galatians 4:7 - heir;  Ephesians 1:5 - unto;  James 2:5 - rich;  Revelation 2:7 - To him;  Revelation 2:26 - he

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Walter Scott's Commentary on Revelation

OVERCOMERS

Revelation 21:7. — Then we have a word of wondrous cheer and strength to the tired and weary disciple, "faint yet pursuing." The promises to the overcomer in the early part of the book (Revelation 2:1-29; Revelation 3:1-22) respect special circumstances, and are in view of special rewards. But here the encouragement to persevere to the end in the general battle of life is more ample, as the rewards are more full than those mentioned in the early portion. "He that overcomes shall inherit these things," those just named. But there is even yet a deeper and richer blessing in store for the overcomer, one of a personal kind, "I will be to him God." He gives Himself to the conqueror over life's sorrows. In our judgment this truly remarkable statement even outstrips the triumphant words of Paul, "The Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me" (Galatians 2:20). Every statement of Scripture is perfect in its place, but there are some of profounder depth than others, and that in our text is such. But the tale of grace is not exhausted, for we read, "He shall be to Me son." Sonship, therefore, is an eternal relationship. The overcomer has God, and God has the overcomer as son. Press on, wearied disciple, the end is near! The promises are full enough to tide you over every trial and every difficulty.

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

He that overcometh is another of the principles that distinguish the favor of God from what is generally offered by man. It is not to the strongest and successful ones. for then there would be many worthy people who would lose out, for few if any can be successful when that word is used in its ordinary sense. But the reward is to those who overcome and 1 John 5:4 states that faith is the means by which we may overcome. That brings the blessings of God within reach of all men since all can have faith whether they are those of one or five talents. Inherit all thi-ngs logically has to mean the things to which reference has just been made concerning the new creation. Be his God . . .be my son is the same close association that is mentioned and commented upon at verse3.

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Hanserd Knollys' Commentary on Revelation

Revelation 21:7

Revelation 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

There are four soul-enemies, that saints militant here on earth (like good soldiers of Jesus Christ) are to fight against, noted in the scripture of truth; viz. the devil, the world, sinful lusts, and the beast. Now by

he that overcometh

we are to understand him or her, that by faith in Christ getteth the victory over the devil, as 1 John 2:13 over the world, as 1 John 5:4-5 over their sinful lusts of the flesh, as Romans 6:12; 1 Peter 2:11 and over the beast, Revelation 15:2; Revelation 20:4. These victors are more than conquerors. { Romans 8:35-39} And they

shall inherit all things

that Isaiah, these conquerors shall be co-heirs with Christ the great conqueror, { Revelation 3:21-22}

And I will be his God, and he shall be my son

that Isaiah, his God and Father in Jesus Christ, { John 20:17} And they shall be his sons and daughters by faith in Christ Jesus, { Galatians 3:26; 2 Corinthians 6:18}

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Commentary by J.C.Philpot on select texts of the Bible

Revelation 21:7

"He who overcomes shall inherit all things." Revelation 21:7

"He shall inherit all things." When? In eternity? Yes. But only in eternity? O no! In time also. There is a twofold inheritance, though one and the same; one in time, another in eternity; one the firstfruits, the other the harvest; one the pledge, the other the full sum. There is an inheriting here below, and an inheriting above; and he that never receives any portion of his inheritance below will never receive an inheritance above. Now, just in proportion as we overcome, are we put in possession of this inheritance. What are we to inherit? Riches, glory, honor, power, praise? These are worldly things; let the world enjoy them. In inheriting "all things," we are to inherit the things of God; the favor of God, the love of God, the mercy of God, the glory of God; all that a covenant God gives in giving himself; peace here, glory hereafter; pardon below, salvation above; the beginning of rest on earth, the fullness of rest in heaven.

Now, while we are overcome, there is no being put into possession of this eternal inheritance. Does sin overcome us? Do we inherit pardon in being overcome? No; we inherit shame and confusion, guilt, fear and wrath. But do you, do I, ever overcome sin by the fear of God in our soul, as Joseph did? Do I ever overcome sin by looking to the Lord of life and glory to sprinkle his blood upon my conscience? Do I ever overcome sin by the leadings and teachings of the Spirit in my heart? No sooner do I thus overcome by the blood of the Lamb, and the word of his testimony, than I enter into the inheritance. So that there is a connection, a beautiful, an experimental connection, between overcoming here below, and inheriting here below.

But in order to enter into this inheritance, we must be perpetually reminded that we have no strength of our own. And thus our slips, our falls, our backslidings, our frailties, (though we would not, dare not justify them,) are mercifully overruled among the "all things" that work together for our good. They teach us our weakness, and by teaching us our weakness, lead us up to Christ"s strength; and by leading us up to Christ"s strength, to "inherit all things;" for in inheriting him, we inherit all that he is to God"s people.

"And I will be his God, and he shall be my son." Revelation 21:7

What a promise! That the God of heaven and earth will be our God, our Father, our Benefactor, our eternal, almighty Friend! and that we, in overcoming, shall receive the adoption of sons; shall be manifested as the "sons and daughters" of the Almighty, and receive the inheritance reserved for the children of God! The promise runs in connection with "him that overcomes." If we do not overcome, the promise is not for us. The promise of sonship is connected with overcoming, in the same manner as that of "inheritance" is connected with it. Do I need to receive into my heart the Spirit of adoption? Do I need to feel the love of God the Father shed abroad in my soul? Do I need to establish a blessed title to the inheritance that he gives to his children? How am I to get it? How is it to be obtained? By making myself religious, becoming holy, subduing my lusts in my own strength? This sets me farther from God than I was before. This makes me a god to myself! If I am saved by my own holiness, by my own strength, by my own righteousness, I worship myself; and in worshiping myself, I become my own god. That is idolatry, damnable idolatry; so that he who lives and dies in the worship of self, will live and die under the wrath of God as an idolater.

Then how am I to receive adoption? By overcoming, not in my own strength, but in the strength of the Lord of life and glory. If I am shut up in self, I inherit self; nothing more. If I inherit the world, I have no more than the world. If I inherit sin, I inherit death, which is the wages of sin. Nothing more. But if I overcome; if weak, helpless, and defenseless, I yield myself up to the hands of the Lord, as clay in the hands of the Potter; not seeking my own will, but looking to the Lord to make known his will in my conscience, and to work in me that which is well-pleasing in his sight—if I have this, I have an evidence of sonship; and where that evidence Isaiah, there will be a further evidence of it in the Spirit of adoption, enabling the soul to call God "Father." And he that calls God "Father" here below, will call God "Father" above, where he will enter into the full enjoyment of it, and bathe in the consolations of Father, Song of Solomon, and Spirit to all eternity.

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

Revelation 21:7. He that overcomes shall inherit these things (Luther, all things); and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. The practical aim of this whole group, of the representation of the "regeneration," and of the new Jerusalem, quite plainly meets us in this verse. It is this, to impart strength to the church groaning under the cross, so that from regard to the coming glory she may stand fast amid temptations. The quintessence is contained in Romans 8:18, "I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that shall be revealed in us." Strong emphasis is to be laid on the he that overcomes (comp. at ch. Revelation 2:7). Victory must be wrung from all opponents, who are many. The contrast to the persons overcoming is formed by all who are mentioned in Revelation 21:8. But that at the time of the Seer the chief enemy that then plied hardest against Christianity was fear for the persecuting world, appears from this consideration, that there the fearful are the first to be named. The fundamental passage is Matthew 19:29, Every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, etc., for my name's sake, shall receive an hundred fold, and shall inherit everlasting life." Every one that overcomes shall inherit the whole of the promise. Berleb. Bible, "When people go to take a walk together, each one has the whole sun for his enjoyment; one cannot say, I have this here, and thou hast that other there."

The fundamental passage for what follows is 2 Samuel 7:14, "I shall be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a son." The words in 2 Samuel 7:15, "My favour will I not take from him," serve as an explanation (see the remarks on the sonship of God, at Psalms 2:7). In place of Father there, God is put here; comp. 2 Samuel 7:24, "And thou, Lord, art God to them."

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

7.Overcometh—Against antichrist and the world.

All things—Better reading, these things.

 

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The Expositor's Greek Testament

These boons (Revelation 21:3-7), however, are reserved for the loyal; the third (son of God) was a title applied to Augustus and the emperors generally throughout the Greek and Roman world. (here only in Apoc.) in general sense = “enter into possession of,” “partake of”. (“This place” of bliss “is prepared for the righteous who endure every kind of attack in their lives from those who afflict their souls ’ for them this place is prepared as an eternal inheritance,” Slav. En. ix.). This is the sole allusion, and a purely incidental one, to that central conception of the messianic bliss as a , which bulks so prominently in apocalypses like Fourth Esdras and is employed in a cosmic sense by Paul as lordship over the whole creation (see Bacon, Biblical and Semitic Studies, Yale Univ. 1902, pp. 240 f.). The solitary allusion to sonship expresses the close relation to God for which this writer elsewhere prefers to use the metaphor of priesthood. Partly owing to the bent of his mind, partly owing to the stern circumstances of his age, he (like Clem. Rom.) allows the majesty and mystery of God to overshadow that simple and close confidence which Jesus inculcated towards the Father (Titius, 13, 14), as also the direct love of God for his people (only in Revelation 3:9; Revelation 3:19, Revelation 20:9).

 

 

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