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VICTORY

November 18, 2015

Wednesday

 

1 John 5:4-5

 

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

 

 

LESSON

 

Every Christian has “overcome the world” by his or her initial “faith” in Jesus Christ. To continue to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil, all we need to do is continue to exercise “faith” in God. “It is striking that John does not say ‘whoever’ but ‘whatever’. This suggests that there is something inherently world conquering in the very experience of being born of God. We are now immediately told what this is, and this is the victory that has overcome the world, our faith.

 

In nature you will find a wonderful illustration of separation in the life of the water spider. That wonderful little creature needs air to breathe, as we do, and yet it lives in its cocoon under water, and enjoys life. Why is this? Because in a peculiar way it takes beneath the surface supplies of fresh air with which to fill its cocoon, and just breathes an atmosphere of its own, surrounded all the time with an alien element, which, if it rushed in, would speedily kill the little creature.

 

Continuing to overcome is not automatic for the Christian. Not all Christians continue to overcome the world. Only those who continue to live by faith do. However, no one can overcome the world unless he or she “believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” It is in this sense that John refers to “overcomers” here; every Christian overcomes essentially because he or she believes in Jesus Christ.

 

Memory Verse: Proverbs 11:4

 

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