We believe Scripture teaches those who will reign with Christ on earth will be believers in the Lord Jesus who have, in His eyes, both matured in their love relationship with Him and have conquered or overcome each testing and trial set before them. They have the necessary love for Jesus, the skill to perform and the character to act. They have thus come through the “training” required by God. They are now ready to begin “reigning” with Him in His Kingdom. Many are about to assume their “Kingdom Position.” Watch as He lovingly puts you in “the place He has prepared” especially for you! (John 14:2, NKJV)
Here is the reward I have for every conqueror . . . You’ll rule the Nations. Your Shepherd-King rule as firm as an iron staff, their resistance fragile as clay pots. This was the gift my Father gave me; I pass it along to you — and with it, the Morning Star.
–Revelation 2:24, The Message
The First Reward:
Two aspects are mentioned in this verse. Two rewards are given to the trained “conqueror.” The first reward mentioned is:
Rulership — the gift of the Nations; the Kingdom inheritance the Father gave the Son. “The Lord has said to Me, You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. Ask of Me and I will give You the Nations for Your inheritance. And the ends of the earth for Your possession.” (Psalms 2:7,8, NKJV)
We often refer to the believers who have “overcome” as “The Remnant.” A remnant in Scripture is defined as “that part left over after judgment.” This is an apt expression of the overcomer. It defines their potential rulership position in the Kingdom.
The Second Reward:
The second reward mentioned is:
Relationship — the gift of the “Morning Star,” the gift of the King Himself. “I AM Alpha and Omega, the bright and Morning Star” (Revelation 22:16). We refer to believers who are entering into this relational gift of Jesus as the “Bridal Company,” expressing their relationship position; oneness with the King. IN HIM, these will live and move and have all their being!
We couldn’t have a RULERSHIP position in the Kingdom without a consummate RELATIONSHIP with the King. It is when we have both a trusted love relationship and skill in overcoming that we enter WITH HIM into His rulership in the Nations. These two aspects are inexorably linked. When speaking of BOTH FACETS in the mature conquering believer, we speak of her as the “Remnant Bride.”
The teachings that follow are for the people who are entering into rulership and relationship; those who are going from TRAINING to REIGNING.