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December 20 - Evening

"Everyone born of God overcomes the world.
This is the victory that has overcome the world,
even our faith.
Who is it that overcomes the world?
Only the one who believes that
Jesus is the Son of God.

- First John 5:4-5

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The Victory over the Kosmos!    

The “world” (kosmos) is the system where we live that is without God and exists in a constant state of rebellion against God. We are naturally part of this world system and are destined to perish with it when the wrath of God is revealed.

But, John tells us that, “everyone born of God overcomes the world.” In fact, John says this three times in three quick, progressive sentences:

  1. “Everyone born of God overcomes the world.”
  2. “This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”
  3. “Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”

Each of these statements of “overcomes the world” is intentional and focused on an important truth of the Christian’s conquest over the rebellious system and their escape from a world destined to damnation.

First, “Everyone born of God overcomes the world,” translates the Greek word pan as “everyone,” but its meaning is “whatever” or “everything.” So, the sense here is not the person who is born of God, but the birth itself. It is not us who overcome the world, but the “birth” God gave us. The verb “overcomes” is nikao (“to conquer,” “to carry off the victory,” “to gain a victory,” “overcome”) in the present tense which means it is a victory that is taking place. The person with the birth from God, or the birth itself, is presently progressing and achieving the victory over the world. Again, note the focus of this first of three “overcomes the world” is the new birth that is presently overcoming the world.

Second, “This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith,” literally says in the Greek, “The victory that is victorious over the world, our faith.” Here the same verb nikao (where the Nike shoe company gets its name, “victory”), or “overcome,” is in the aorist tense which makes this verb “overcome” a reference to a past event. John describes this past event as “even our faith.” This victory has been secured and is a reference to something the believer has done in the past. It could be their faith in Jesus at the born again experience, but that would be a repeat of what is identified in the first “overcomes the world.” So, this is more likely a reference to the believer’s faith in the Truth and their rejection of the false teachers and the temptation to follow false philosophies of the world. Either way, this “overcome the world” is a past event where the believers demonstrated their faith in the Truth. This act of faith has separated them from the world and seems very similar to the faith of the heroes mentioned in Hebrews 11 who also overcame a wide variety of worldly situations “by faith.” These worldly situations that tempted the faith of the heroes of Hebrews 11 included moral pressure, physical persecution and intellectual compromise. But, by an act of faith at some point in their life these heroes overcame the world at that moment in time.

Third, “Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” Like the first “overcomes” described above, this verb “overcomes” is in the present tense which describes the continuous “conquering” the Christian experiences over the rebellious world system. This continuous victory is an ongoing experience for “he who believes the Jesus is the Son of God.” Once again, correct doctrine is crucial for the Christian’s continuing victorious experience while living in this fallen world (kosmos). Any doctrinal deviation away from their conviction to the eternal deity of the man Jesus and his involvement in God’s plan including creation, salvation and kingdom reign will interfere with the continuation of the believer’s current victory in the war zone of the kosmos where they must live the rest of their lives.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"The bread you store up belongs to the hungry;
the cloak that lies in your chest belongs to the naked;
the gold you have hidden in the ground belongs
to the poor."

- Basil the Great



Something to Ponder??
Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin were deists (not theists) who believed in God as Creator, but like many men of their age, agreed with the intellectual movement called the Enlightenment. They did not consider Jesus divine, but considered Jesus' life and teaching worthy of imitation; they felt the same way about similar men such as like Socrates. Franklin taught that "nature was a better guide to life than the Bible and Jefferson created his own version of the Gospels, called "The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth," where he deleted all the miracles and divine statements of Jesus
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Hupokrites (Gr) - Hypocrite (Eng) - hupokrites is Greek compound word made of hupo, "under," which indicates something private or secret, and krino, "to judge." Hupokrites was used in
Classical Greek to mean "one who answers" and refered to "an interpreter." But, in the NT
Jesus never used the word in the classical Greek way, because this word began to be used in
the theater to refer to a part played on the stage who would answer or interpret for the chorus
of singers and the word began to mean "an actor," "a stage player," and "a pretender."
  The Deir Alla Inscription was discovered in 1967 in Deir Alla, Jordan (OT territory of Ammonites). On a wall of a many roomed sanctuary was a prophecy by Bala'am son of Be'or, the same name as the Bala'am of Numbers 22-24. The text is similar to biblical writing, but is nowhere else recorded. The writing on
the wall dates from
around 800 BC. (see more here and here)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I believe the truth? Do I act according to the truth?
I will make decisions and behave in faith to overcome the disasterous direction of the world.
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back for this wrong!'
Wait for the Lord, and
he will deliver you."
- Proverbs 20:22
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Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

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