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7551 - Faith Required

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In our study of the First Letter of John we are in chapter 5 verse 4. Listen as I read it, “For everyone born of God has overcome the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”

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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7511 - From the World

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In 1 John 4, verses 5 and 6 we see a contrast between two types of people:

“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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7434 - Reject Love for the World - 1 John 2:15-17

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In our study of 1 John we are now in chapter two, verse 15-16. There is a warning message for Christians in these two verses.

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world --the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does --comes not from the Father but from the world.”

In these verses John gives us one of the most instructive & honest appraisals of the world system as any in the Bible.
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