_______ JANUARY 23 ______
MORE THAN CONQUERORS
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__
Christ reveals to His people the fearful conflict that they must meet before His second coming. Before the scenes of their bitter struggle are opened to them, they are reminded that their brethren also have drunk of the cup and [have] been baptized with the baptism. He who sustained these early witnesses to the truth will not forsake His people in the final conflict. …
To John were opened the great events of the future that were to shake the thrones of kings and cause all earthly powers to tremble. He beheld the close of all earthly scenes, the ushering in of His reign, who is to be King of kings, and whose kingdom shall endure forever. “Behold,” he said, “he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.” [Revelation 1:7.]
He saw Christ receiving the adoration of all the hosts of heaven and heard the promise that whatever tribulation might come upon God’s people, if they would but patiently endure, they would be more than conquerors through Him that loved them. And Jesus said to the overcomer, “I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels.” [Revelation 3:5.] (Manuscript 100, 1893)
Many fix their eyes upon the terrible wickedness existing around them, the apostasy and weakness on every side, and they talk of these things until their hearts are filled with sadness and doubt. They keep uppermost before the mind the masterly working of the archdeceiver and dwell upon the discouraging features of their experience, while they seem to lose sight of the heavenly Father’s power and His matchless love. All this is as Satan would have it.
It is a mistake to think of the enemy of righteousness as clothed with so great power, when we dwell so little upon the love of God nad His might. We must talk of the? mightiness of Christ. We are utterly powerless to rescue ourselves from the grasp of Satan, but God has appointed a way of escape. The Son of the Highest has strength to fight the battle for us, and “through Him that loved us” we may come off “more than conquerors. (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, 740-741)