IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: BORN OF GOD…OVERCOMING THE WORLD.
COMPILED/EDITED BY:- Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM.
“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith”. (1 John 5:4 KJV)
First, victory is expected: “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world”(5:4a). The unsaved person feels at home in the world. Unbelievers were born into it, and it’s all that they know. It appeals to their fallen natures, offering them the kinds of things they like. The world can mask its satanic nature behind a smiling face, offering pleasure, prosperity, and power. Too, it is a total system, offering culture, religion, philosophy, art, science, organization, variety. And it can threaten, punish, persecute, oppress, and kill. It can be noble, inspiring, and attractive; or it can be base, disgusting, and cruel. But it is the world, and it is all the unsaved person has.
Those “born of God” belong to another world, for their citizenship is in heaven. They are children of God, in this world but not of this world, here as ambassadors for Christ. This world is not their home. Like the patriarch Abraham, they have caught the vision of “a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Heb. 11:10) and have become “pilgrims and strangers” on the earth (1 Peter 2:11). God will not allow us the luxury of dual citizenship. This world murdered His Son, and God calls upon us to overcome the world regard?less of whether it turns toward us a smiling face or a scowling face. We are to recognize the world for what it is an enemy, a system energized by Satan and gratifying to the flesh.
Victory over the world is not only expected of us, it is explained to us: “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”
During the French Revolution, men were determined to abolish Christianity. One fine, clear night an atheist was loudly proclaiming his doctrine to a poor countryman. “Everything,” he said, “will be abolished—churches, Bibles, clergymen; yes, even the word ‘God’ itself. We shall remove everything which speaks of religion!”
The countryman gave a quiet chuckle. “Why do you laugh?” said the other. The peasant pointed to the stars and replied, “I was just wondering how you and your crew would manage to get them down!” Great answer.
We do live in a world or society that wants to do away with God and everything sacred. Or so it seems.
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him” (1 John 5:1).
One of the most well-known and frequently quoted passages from the New Testament is the dialogue between Jesus and Nicodemus recorded in John 3:1–21. The great love that God has for the world described in verse 16 is perhaps the most familiar verse to evangelical Christians.
The Doctrine of Adoption is the apex of all of grace. If there is anything in the Bible that should bring the believer joy and happiness it is the fact that in Christ, God has adopted believers and placed us into His family.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
The doctrine of adoption presupposes that we are not naturally a part of God’s family, but must be adopted into that family through an action of God. This biblical teaching strongly opposes the mindset of our culture that assumes everybody is a child of God.
The secular world, if it believes in God at all, believes that everyone is a child of God. That’s simply not the case.
So how does one become born again, or born of God? Jesus used an earthly metaphor to explain a spiritual idea. When a baby is born, a new life emerges that did not previously exist. The baby is a brand-new being who begins to grow to look like the parents. A puppy grows up to look like a dog. A calf grows to look like a cow. An infant grows to look like an adult human. So it is with those born of God. Second Corinthians 5:17 says that, if anyone is in Christ, he is a “new creature.” Later on in John 3, Jesus explains how to become born of God: “Whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life” (verse 16). When we are born into the family of God (John 1:12), we grow to look more like our Father.
OVERCOMING THE WORLD.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Conforming to the world means that you don’t see the need to resist its influence. You just go with the flow and don’t even exert the effort to avoid its evil ways.
The Apostle Paul tells us that instead of conforming to the world, we must be transformed by the renewing of our mind.
The term transformed here comes from the Greek word Metamorphoo. It means to change, transform, and transfigure. It is the same word where we obtain the word metamorphosis.
The Apostle Paul is implying that we must be transformed in the same way as a hideous, crawling caterpillar morphed into a beautiful, flying butterfly.
That’s the kind of spiritual transformation that we should have.
A complete change.
It is not enough to be just called and chosen, but we must also be FAITHFUL.
Without faith, it is impossible to please God.
Without faith, we won’t be able to endure tribulation.
And Without faith, we will just simply stop following God’s commandments and do His will in our lives.
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: BUT BE OF GOOD CHEER; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Jesus is basically telling us that tribulations, problems, and trials are part of our Christian lives.
Challenges are perfectly normal. They are to be expected. But Christ comforts and tells us to be of good cheer. Why? Because he had already OVERCAME the world.
The world thrives in darkness, but Christians live in the light. Christ instructed us:
“You are the light of the world… LET YOUR LIGHT SO SHINE BEFORE MEN, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14, 16).
If we want to overcome the world, our godly examples make a huge difference. Being a light means that we should represent God properly. Our light should shine to others in such a way that they see God in us. Our living examples should lead people to God and drive them into worshiping Him.
Do you believe Jesus is the divine Word of God who became incarnate for the sake of our salvation? Do you believe He is truly God and truly man? If so, this verse promises you will overcome the world. Are you overcoming the world today? Do you find yourself walking in victory over sin and evil? If not, confess your faith in the Lord again and draw near to Him. Find at least one friend who will help point you to the cross in your time of need.
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