Monthly Archives: May, 2015

Overcomers: Royalty

Revelation 3:21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.

When you look around at the people who surround you on a daily basis, what do you see? When you look at yourself in the mirror, what do you see?

Sometimes when we look at others we like what we see, sometimes we are disappointed by what we see, and other times we plain old detest what we see. The same can be said when we look in the mirror.

But what does God see when he looks as you?

Sermon Big Idea:
We are a chose, royal and holy people that God treasures.

Sermon Points:

  • 1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
  • This is what God sees when he looks at us.
  • This is God’s promise to Israel in Exodus 19:5-6, a promise passed on to Christians (Revelation 1:6)
  • We have a new position before God when we come to faith in Christ.
  • Galatians 4:4-7 proclaims that we are adopted as children, that we are no longer slaves but sons and daughters, and because we are his children we are also his heirs. These are all changes in our position before God.
  • 2 Corinthians 5:16 tells us that we should no longer view one another with a worldly point of view because we are all royalty, reconciled to God through Jesus Christ.
  • C.S. Lewis: “There are no ordinary people…it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit…Next to the blessed sacrament itself, your neighbour is the holiest object present to your senses. If he is your Christian neighbour, he is holy for in him also Christ – the glorifier and the glorified, Glory Himself, is truly hidden.” (from his book The Weight of Glory).
  • The final promise from Jesus to the overcomers in Revelation 3 is a promise to reign on the throne with him, because Jesus has won the victory and has given us the right to sit with him.
  • This truth should do two things in our lives: 1) it should change the way we view other people; 2) it should change the way we view ourselves and live our lives.

Follow-up questions:
Do you live as a chosen, holy, royal one who is treasured by God? If not, why not? Do you live like the victory Jesus died to make you, or do you live as a defeated one?

Questions for parents with children:
Take a few minutes to ask your children what they think a royal, holy, chosen person looks like. Ask them if they realize that the the Bible is describing them.