Spiritual Gifts part 277: Nikao is used for victories won over the Lord's enemies.

John Farley
June 14, 2012

Spiritual Gifts Part 277: Nikao is used for victories won over the Lord’s enemies.

3. Reward:
to each according to his deeds; crowns.
Mat 5:11-12; Mat 10:40-42; Luk 6:35-36; 1Co 3:8-15; Col 3:23-24; Jam 1:12; 2Jo 1:8; Rev 2:10; Rev 22:10-14

In Rev 2 and 3, we have letters written for the dispensation of the Church-age.

We take the view that the seven churches portray seven different types of individual believers that live in every generation.

With the Philadelphia church, “what you have” is the truth in your souls, the word of God.
“you have kept My word”

“hold fast” =
to use strength, i.e. seize or retain (literally or figuratively)

krateo =
to be able to complete or finish, presumably despite difficulties - 'to accomplish, to do successfully, to carry out.'

The difficulties are related to the angelic conflict, and our enemies in that struggle: the world, the flesh, and the devil.

Each church is coming up against a different tactic of satan to halt the progress of God’s children in winning tactical victories in the angelic conflict.

The three major kinds of attacks are false teachers, persecution, and worldliness (with an emphasis on religion).

to hold fast, i. e. not to discard or let go; to keep carefully and faithfully

The head, the Lord Jesus Christ (Col 2:19)

Our confession = what we claim to believe about Christ; our hopes and promises we cling to
(Heb 4:14)

The name of the Lord = His person and identity (Rev 2:13 – Pergamum)
The word of the Lord (Rev 3:11 – Philadelphia, also Thyatira)

krateo means to exert all of the strength that you have been provided in the effort to retain something.

“I know your deeds.”

The open door
A little power
Keeping His word
Not denying His name

“I know your deeds.”

Overcoming the synagogue of satan

Keeping the word of His perseverance

Holding fast what you have



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