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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Terror of the Lord, continued
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (Matthew 6:34)
When we overcome the evil of the day by turning to the Lord, Christ is formed in us. The adamic nature dies. We are pressed into union with Christ.
When we overcome the evil of the day we are an overcomer and eligible to receive all the promises to the overcomer.
Tomorrow is a new challenge to our peace and we must turn once again to the Lord for His Virtue, wisdom, and strength.
The Christian who is not praying and overcoming in this manner is not a victorious saint. He or she shall not receive the rewards to the overcomer. He or she is not worthy to walk in white with Christ in the robes of the royal priesthood.
Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. (Revelation 3:4)
What about the remainder of the believers of the church in Sardis? Are they not facing the terror of the Lord?
The rewards to the overcomer, as set forth in the Book of Revelation, are steps to the first resurrection. They constitute a love letter to the Bride as Christ calls her out from the Christian churches on the earth.
The rewards begin with access to the tree of life and proceed to the throne of God and Christ, and finally to the inheriting of all that will be included in the new heaven and earth reign of Christ.
He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. (Revelation 21:7)
The rewards of Revelation, Chapters Two and Three (the steps to the first resurrection from the dead) include the power of incorruptible life, crowns, authority, power, total deliverance from the authority of the Lake of Fire, eternal establishment as a pillar in the Temple of God, and other capacities and roles associated with the governing priesthood. These abilities and roles constitute, and will result in the manifestation of, the first resurrection from among the dead.
There are no promises to the defeated believer, only the inference that he will be barred from the tree of life, will not rule with the Lord, may be injured by the second death, and—worst of all—may be in danger of having his name removed from the Book of Life.
He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. (Revelation 3:5)
It has been customary for pastors and teachers to rush to assure their followers that it is not possible to have one's name blotted from the Book of Life. In this way the Christian leaders have subtracted from the words of the Book of Revelation. Unless they repent their names will be removed from the Book of Life and they will inherit none of the promises of the Book of Revelation. They will experience the terror of the Lord when they die.
To be continued.