January 15, 2010 Filed in: Bible Study
The use of the words ‘overcome’ and ‘victory’ brings up the mental picture of a conflict or warfare. Let’s seek to understand what God is saying.
Let’s start with the world ‘world.’ In the Bible this word does not just mean this planet. More often it is talking about the network of systems on this planet. The economic system, and system of power over the peoples of the world are all included in this word. Often times it is referred to as the world system or the Kingdom of the World.
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October 14, 2009 Filed in: Bible Study
“They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 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.”
Today lets focus on verse 5, which vividly gives truth about those who have not yielded to the Lord Jesus Christ. They have refused to embrace the truth in order to be saved from death and darkness, and to receive light and life.
Notice this insight into the life of the unbeliever is contrasted in verse 6 with a glimpse into the life of a person who is from God – one of God’s children.
But in verse 5 we return to those who are identified by the word “them.” This reference looks back to those in verses 1, 3 and 4 who are controlled and dominated by the spirit of antichrist – those who are against Christ.
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April 17, 2009 Filed in: Bible Study