1 John 5:1-5 “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. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”

* Who are these overcomers? John tells us plainly: they are all who believe that Jesus is God’s Son, and all that means. Overcomers are believers–all of them. The word for “overcomers” or “overcome” comes from the Greek word meaning “to conquer,” “to have victory,” or “conquering power.” This word reflects demonstrative, repetitive victory that leads to overwhelming success. It involves overthrowing an enemy so that the victory is seen by all.

Jesus also uses this word to describe himself in John 16:33. Because believers have union with Christ, we too partake in His victory (Rom. 8:37, 2 Cor. 2:14). The word overcome in the original language conveys the idea that a believer has continual victory over the world. Life is a series of battles: you win some, you lose some, but overall you advance strategically and consistently in faith until the war is won.

** So then I encourage each and every believer who wishes his or her walk to reflect Christ, to press ever more intensely into His overcoming power. Only when we do this, can we become OVERCOMERS in a fallen world.

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