Let's get into something far deeper ... and you can argue over these passages. Rev 2:7 … To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life … Rev 2:11 … He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death. “Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God …” (Rev 20:6) The overcomers (above) and the holy ones are not affected by the second death. Therefore, the overcomers are the ones who live holy lives! “But (all who habitually practice sin) shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (Rev 21:8) Rev 2:17 … To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written … Rev 2:26 … And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations … Rev 3:5 … He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life , but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. Rev 3:12 … He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God … Rev 3:21 … To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. This verse disqualifies what many think “overcoming” means, i.e. 1 John 5:5 … “Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” Because Jesus did not overcome by believing that He is the Son of God, did He? Rev 21:7 … He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. “Pursue … holiness, without which no one will see the Lord” (Heb 12:14) “For just as you (formerly) presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.” (Rom 6:19) “But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.” (Rom 6:22) Now, how’s this for unbridled optimism? They have become slaves of God? Okay, the ones who choose (and really strive) to be slaves of God, and who succeed in attaining holiness, will attain eternal life. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world …” (Rom 12:1) “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2 Cor 7:1) This sounds like Paul working out his salvation with fear and trembling! Yes, he was fearful that he would fail to be an overcomer, i.e. fail to attain holiness. “… He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love …” (Eph 1:4) “… that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” (Eph 5:26-27) “… to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight, if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel …” (Col 1:22-23) “… so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness” (1 Thes 3:13) “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thes 5:23) The Holy Spirit desires to sanctify you completely unto holiness! “… but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” (1 Pet 1:15-16) “… what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God” (2 Pet 3:11-12) Holiness is required to enter heaven, and IMO, this means at the time of the BAC's death. There are exceptions, such as the thief on the cross. This is what overcoming is ... overcoming the sin nature and overcoming Satan. Which is what Jesus did (Rev 3:21). This is why BACs have the Holy Spirit inside of them ... to be our Helper/Comforter/Advocate! Too bad He cannot be our Controller also (of our free will). .