7510 - Overcoming

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God’s Word is spiritual food for the soul. Let’s feast together on a portion of it today.

Let’s consider 1 John 4, verse 4. It says:

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

Perhaps we first need to identify the players in the drama laid out before us. Those words, “you, dear children”, refer to those who are alive in Christ. If you are a Christian, that’s speaking about you.

Next, notice those words, “[you] have overcome them.” To whom does the word “them” refer? Glance back at the previous verses and you’ll see they are talking about people in the world who are false prophets; people who deny Jesus Christ and war against him by their speech and by their lifestyle. Those who are dominated by the spirit of antichrist.

Then we come to those words, “the one who is in you.” Who fulfills these words within the believer in Christ? The answer is the Holy Spirit, and we’ll talk more about that.

One more player exists in the sentence. He is identified as, “the one who is in the world.” Now this description is true of many people, but in this drama it refers to Satan who not only is in the world, but he heads up the kingdom of the world system.

Now that we have the four players identified, lets look closely at what the author, God, is saying through the writer, the Apostle John.

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them. Christians were identified back in chapter 3, verse 1 as those who have been adopted by God as His children, and have been allowed to be referred to by those dear words “children of God.” The only way to be included is to evidence saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. And when you do that you are blessed by many things. In fact we are told (2 Peter 1:3) that: “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness.

In action Christians have overcome those who are anti-christ –– those rebels who are against Christ and have sought to prevent this person, who was a fellow pagan, from coming to an expressed faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Now, this doesn’t mean that everyone is going to hear the gospel and abandon their attachment to the Kingdom of the World.

What it does say is that the children of God have won the battle of deception and active opposition which was waged in their life as they weighed the evidence and the offer of eternal life extended by Jesus Christ. That means that these who are now living saints of God were not taken in by the heresies of the false teachers; thus, they have entered the settled state of victory over them. They were confirmed in their attitude against heresy and false doctrine, and have received the salve of truth for their eyes so their eyes were opened wide to the nature and source of the erroneous messages, and they came to faith in Jesus.

Lest someone becomes prideful about this, notice there was an inside power. The one who is greater than Satan and his forces, the one who enables any person who is contemplating surrendering to the Almighty King Jesus, is God the Holy Spirit. First, the Holy Spirit gives this person clear focus of spiritual truth. Then the Spirit brings conviction into the heart and blocks the confusing harassment of the enemies of Christ, so that this person may accept truth, and by faith exercise his will to receive the gift of eternal life offered by Jesus. Thus, the miracle of spiritual birth occurs and this person becomes the victorious overcomer in this spiritual battle, but the glory belongs to God the Holy Spirit.

Isn’t it great that He continues to live in the believer to win battles of the future in our lives?