Series 1 - Lesson 2 - Annotation 18
What is an "overcomer"?
18. An "overcomer" is one who has "come over" to the understanding of Truth — to the Christ consciousness. An overcomer is one who subdues or masters something; one who conquers or obtains a victory. An overcomer, metaphysically, is an awakened soul who has perceived the Christ within — "Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Col. 1:27) — the divinity of man — and makes consistent effort to bring this divine nature into outer manifestation in his body and his world. The overcomer rises above one limitation after another; he sees that the difficulties lie within the wrong beliefs in his own mind and that his body, his affairs, his environment are the objectifications of his own consciousness. He has grasped the truth that the solution to his difficulties lies within himself and he seeks to make conscious contact with the God Presence within to find this solution.
Overcoming includes taking dominion over both conscious and subconscious activities of the mind, putting off all sins, errors, weaknesses, even the habit of death, and putting on the righteous, incorruptible body of Christ.
An overcomer knows that spiritual unfoldment is really a grace, or receiving process, not the losing or giving up of anything real or anything good. The overcomer slowly but surely loses the desire to condemn himself or others and desires only to look for and praise the good in everybody and everything. Knowing that overcoming is done primarily in his own consciousness (mind), the overcomer helps others by his manner of life rather than merely by what he says.