In Revelation, we keep seeing the phrase “He who overcomes”. What makes one an “Overcomer”?
Meaning of Overcomer
The Greek word translated “overcomer” literally means “victor.” The verb form is nikao, and the noun form is nike. The verb means “to conquer,” “to have victory,” or “to have superiority”. It sometimes means “to defeat.” (John MacArthur, The Assurance of Victory)
1 John 5:4 says, “Whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.”.
“A Christian is in Christ, thus the Christian is in an indivisible union with Christ Himself and as a result, is a partaker of His divine nature. A Christian partakes of everything that Christ is and has, including His inheritance, righteousness, death, life, and Spirit. Since Christ is a victor, Christians partake of His victory. The believer then, is a victor. Those who have been born of God are true overcomers.” -John MacArthur
The First Step
“The first condition to victory is to realize that we cannot make it, and the second is to give up trying to make it. If we will admit that we cannot make it and give up trying to make it, we will overcome.” -Watchman Nee
To overcome or to have victory by our own effort is impossible. Only by realizing we cannot do anything on our own can we allow God to come in and work in us.
“Many people struggle and strive to overcome, and the result is always failure. Victory can never be attained by our own striving. Victory comes from Christ and is absolutely something given by God. “ -Watchman Nee
The Continual Matter
Partaking His victory is also a continual matter.
“Many Christians have indeed overcome, and Christ is indeed their victory. But they do not know how to maintain this life, and they fail again very soon.” – Watchman Nee
John 16:33 says, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” Note the Lord says, “in Me”. Physically, we are in this world. But we are spiritually in Him. He is the Vine and we are the branches. As we abide in Him and He in us, we overcome as Christ has overcome the world. Our job is then to remain in Him by taking Him as our source of life.
“To have eternal life is a matter once for all, but to partake of the divine nature is a continual matter. During the entire course of our Christian life on earth and even in eternity, we shall still be partaking of the divine nature.” -Witness Lee