He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. (Romans 21:6-7 NIV)
In the verse above, God promises to give the “water of life” to those who are victorious, and to dwell with them in a loving, familial relationship forever. This naturally begs the question: who is victorious? How do we become victorious people? The answer to that question is given earlier in the book of Revelation during one of the descriptions of the tribulation saints:
“Now have come the salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Messiah.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
who accuses them before our God day and night,
has been hurled down.
11 They triumphed over him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
as to shrink from death. (Revelation 12:10-11)
Here we see a description of Christians living in the end times being victorious over Satan. The means by which they win their triumph is by the blood of the Lamb. This means that their sins have been taken away from them, not by anything that they have done, but by the grace of God through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Therefore, our victory was not accomplished in and of ourselves, but by Jesus.
Nevertheless, the victorious saints pictured here are more than just passive characters. They are indeed active in fighting spiritual warfare and defeating Satan by the power that God has given them. They successfully wage war against evil by the word of their testimony and because of their willingness to choose death over apostasy. That is to say that they are willing to die for what they believe.
These believers, as they stand firm for God, are doing nothing to save themselves. Their great deeds are not the price for their salvation, but the fruit of it. They are triumphant in their spiritual lives because Jesus was triumphant over death.
All of us who truly believe in Jesus Christ are victorious. Yes, we may be weak and feeble, but by the grace of God we will persevere. Only someone who realizes that they are spiritually weak and maimed can become one of Christ’s victorious saints. Christ delights in saving the weak. The Apostle Paul explains this line of reasoning in these words:
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (II Corinthians 12:9-10 NIV).