Today’s Scripture: He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. Revelation 3:5

Do you realize that if you’re an overcomer, Christ promises you these three things? You will be clothed in the best apparel ever made: perfect, heavenly, white raiment. Christ will never blot your name out of the book of life. Plus, he will confess your name before God the Father and His angels.

Those are pretty amazing promises offered to us, especially considering we have all fallen short of the glory of God. We can all claim these promises, but how do we become overcomers? Some people interpret this verse and say that if you don’t do good works, you don’t overcome. Then, they conclude that if you don’t do good works, your name will be blotted out of the book of life.

This statement contradicts Ephesians 2:8-9 and many other Scriptures which clearly teach salvation is a gift. If salvation is a gift, then you don’t need to work to keep it. That would be a contract, not a gift.

So if doing good or quitting something bad doesn’t make you an overcomer, what does? The answer is found in First John. “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” 1 John 5:4-5

Faith is how you become an overcomer! You must put your faith in Jesus Christ. He died and paid for all your sins. He didn’t leave any behind for you to pay. If you believe (have faith) in Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection, God promises you will have eternal life. He will never blot your name out of the Book of Life.

Salvation is offered to all, even to you, no matter what you have done in the past. Right now your name is in the Book of Life. If you die without accepting Christ, your name will be blotted out of the Book. Don’t let that happen! Be an overcomer; trust Christ today.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.