Conquering with Christ

by Rev. Sean Finnegan on April 12, 2015
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Notes:

Self-help Industry
- People want to conquer: fear, doubt, anger, hatred, sexual frustration, powerlessness, relationship problems, depression, poverty
- Recidivism: tendency to relapse into previous condition

The Roman Empire
- "To plunder, butcher, steal, these things they misname empire: they make a desolation and they call it peace." --Tacitus (Agricola)
- Crucifixion was standard procedure for conquering revolutionaries.

Jesus conquers, but how?
- Revelation 4 reveals God’s throne room.
- Revelation 5 introduces Christ.
- Revelation 5:5-14 - He surrendered to conquer. He trusted God completely

2:7 ...To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.'

2:11 ...The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.'

2:17 ...To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.'

2:26-27 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.

3:5 The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.

3:12 The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name.

3:21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.

1. Through Christ God has already won the battle.
2. Face it, call it out, confess it, get real.
3. Surrender admitting you can’t but God can.
4. Trust God to empower you.
5. Take practical steps to conquer.


Revelation 21:2-8; Romans 8:35-39; 12:17-21



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