1. Jesus will promote Overcomers to the position of  “pillars in the Temple of God

As Jesus continued His letter to the church of Philadelphia, He motivated the believers by promising to make the overcomers a pillar in the temple of God:

Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, [which is] new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and [I will write upon him] my new name (Rev 3: 12).

2. Delving into the meaning of pillar (Stylos in the Greek)

The Greek word for pillar is used only three times in the King James Version.  The first is a reference by Apostle Paul the approval  of  Apostles Peter, James and John regarding his ministry to the Gentiles:

And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we [should go] unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision (Gal 2: 9).

Apostle Paul was speaking to the  Galatian believers about a dispute that had arisen in the early church.  False teachers had come down from Jerusalem to Antioch where he and Barnabas were the pastors. These false leaders had begun teaching the non Jewish believers that they needed to be circumcised in order to be saved (Acts 15; Gal 2: 1 – 5).  Although Paul and Barnabas had tried to correct this falsehood, the false teachers persisted and the church was in a state of confusion. 

They went to Jerusalem in order to solve the conflict Acts 15; Gal 2: 1 – 5). Again, the Jewish believers were determined to bring the Gentiles into bondage. However, Acts 15 reveals that Apostles Peter and James stood up and clarified the issue. While Acts 15 does not mention Apostle John’s role. Paul revealed that John had also played a major role in solving the conflict and giving guidance to the church (Acts 15: 7 – 23).

3. Who are the pillars in the church of the Lord?

Based on the scriptures, we see a picture of who the Lord will promote as PILLARS in His temple:

a. They hold a  close  relationship with the Lord, just as Peter, James and John did. They were the disciples who He would show certain things to and say certain things to. The other disciples were not allowed to know these secrets. The Lord took Peter, James and John with Him when He went to resurrect Jairus’ daughter from the dead.  Peter, James and John were the only Apostles to witness His transfiguration on the mountain.

b. Apostles Peter, James and John therefore had deeper understading of the things of the Lord and were able to give insight and guidance to the church in the times of conflict.

c. They emerged as the natural leaders in the early church as a result, to such an extent that Apostle Paul referred to them as “pillars”.

d. Pillars hold up the church and bring forth the understanding of the word of the Lord as He intended it. They therefore invaluable to the health and unity of the Body of the Lord in times of conflict.


Jesus promises promotion as PILLARS to those believers who would overcome and walk with Him in such a close relationship that they know exactly what and how He is thinking about the troubling issues of the time. What does it take to become a pillar? This is an extraordinary walk and requires a deep love for the Lord and a desire to fellowship in His presence.  This position is reserved for those who are the true Apostles – people who walk and talk with Him face to face.