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We live a life building on what we’ve been given, complementing our basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others.

With these qualities active and growing in our lives, no grass will grow under our feet, no day will pass without its reward as we mature in our experience of our Master Jesus.

The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father. And I will give him the morning star.[1]

Revelation 2:26-28

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Jesus the Messiah is “the Bright and Morning Star” (Rev. 22:16). The promise in Revelation 2:28 suggests that God’s people shall be so closely identified with Jesus that He will “belong” to them!

  • But perhaps there is also an allusion here to Satan, who wanted the kingdom for himself and who offered the world’s kingdoms to the Messiah if He would worship him but once (Matt. 4:8–11).
  • In Isaiah 14:12, Satan is named Lucifer, which in Hebrew means “brightness, bright star.”
  • The compromising people in Thyatira were following “the depths of Satan,” which would lead to darkness and death.
  • God’s overcomers, on the other hand, would share the Morning Star![2]

God’s goal: We are keep going to the end and be conquerors. Our focus needs to be on keeping His works.

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[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Re 2:26–28.

[2] Warren W. Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996), 575.