Revelation 2 Lesson

Fighting Through Adversity!

A PROMISE FROM JESUS

  • “To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.” – Revelation 2:7.

This scripture reminds us of the importance of perseverance in the life of a Christian. It shows us that those who are able to overcome adversity and remain faithful will spend eternity in heaven with God, Jesus, and all the saints.

Today’s lesson will be divided into two parts:

  1. Perseverance,
  2. Eating of the tree of life.

PERSEVERANCE

The Bible is full of scriptures that highlight the importance of perseverance:

  1. “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him .” -James 1:12,
  2. “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” - Galatians 6:9,
  3. “We exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hopeand hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. ” - Romans 5:3-5,
  4. “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith .” - Hebrews 12:1-2.

When things do not appear to be going our way, we need to remind ourselves of the importance of perseverance and how God uses the hard times to shape us, to teach us, and to allow us to grow.

It is our faith in Jesus that allows us to persevere, endure and have hope.   As we read God’s word, we understand that we can have peace, even during the most challenging times of our lives.

EATING FROM THE TREE OF LIFE

It is interesting how the tree of life appears at the beginning of the Bible (Genesis), and then again at the end (Revelation). Consider the following four scriptures:

  1. “Out of the ground the Lord God caused every tree to grow that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life  was  also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. ” - Genesis 2:9,
  2. Then the Lord God said, ‘Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might reach out with his hand, and take fruit also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever’— therefore the Lord God sent him out of the Garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken.  So He drove the man out; and at the east of the Garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.” - Genesis 3:22-24,
  3. “To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God .” -Revelation 2:7,
  4. “Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.” - Revelation 22:1-5.

The tree of life signifies salvation, and salvation only comes through Jesus, our Savior.  As we go through struggles, it is important to keep our eye on the prize and to fight through whatever adversity comes our way.  

CONCLUSION

We should not be surprised when life gets difficult. God uses adversity to discipline us, to teach us, and to shape us into the Christians that He created us to be.    It is important to God that we remain faithful servants until the end and that we fight through whatever obstacles come our way.  The following scripture tells us that it is not a question of "if" adversity is going to strike, it is a question of "when."    

  • Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though something strange were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that at the revelation of His glory you may also rejoice and be overjoyed.” – 1 Peter 4:12-13.

With God's help, we can get through any struggles that we face, knowing that it will all be worth it if we remain faithful!  We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture taken from Paul's letter to the Romans:

  • “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” – Romans 8:18.

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Pat Dermody

Even when Jesus came to this earth He did not have an easy life. Why should we? He invites us to pick up the cross and follow him. This involves a life that will face its share of suffering… but nothing like the sufferingJesus endured. Part of being a Christian is the obstacles we face in our day to day living. We need to trust in God and say “thy will be done.”

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John

I think about the "work" that we must put in to please God. The devil throws things at us to try and make us fall away. Just as the devil did to Jesus, he picks the times in our lives when we are most vulnerable - like Jesus after fasting for 40 days. Scripture after scripture encourages us to keep fighting the good fight. Those scriptures are there for us to remind us that it is hard. It's supposed to be hard. But if we hang on - it will be worth it beyond what our human minds can comprehend.

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