Battle

7513 - From God

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In our last study we explored 1 John 4:5 which gives a very clear but sobering view of the people who are from the World System. They are from the world and speak the language of the worldly culture.

Today we examine the contrast found in the very next verse 1 John 4, verse 6:

“We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of Truth and the spirit of falsehood.”
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7510 - Overcoming

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Let’s consider 1 John 4, verse 4, which 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.
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