And The Winner Is…


Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God, and everyone who loves the Father loves [also] the One begotten by Him. In this way we know that we love the children of God when we love and obey His commandments. For the love of God is this, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome, for whoever is begotten by God conquers the world. And the victory that conquers the world is our faith. Who [indeed] is the victor over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?   I John 5:1-5             

Last week we looked at the “perfect love that drives out fear”, this week we see what it looks like in action. It not only drives out fear, it conquers the world!

First, let us note, just who it is who conquers the world. It is whoever is begotten by God. What does this mean, exactly? For those of us who say the Nicene Creed every week, we are somewhat familiar with this term “begotten”. For the Creed it was carefully chosen, for Jesus always was, He was not created. John uses this word as well, in his writings. It’s meaning is “only one of a kind”. Is this the same kind of begotten for us? Not exactly.

We, as disciples of Jesus, are caused to exist by God’s grace through His Holy Spirit. How many of us lose sight of this fact in our day to day lives; The Divine Life dwells in us 24/7 ? The Spirit of God lives in us!

This is how John can challenge us to live pure lives. Because the Holy Spirit lives in us and, because of this fact, surely we won’t want to sin!

Secondly, this “begotten” causes (leads us to) conquer. Conquer what? The world (our sinful desires)! And we can only accomplish this through the power of the Holy Spirit. “For nothing will be impossible with God” (Lk. 1:37, Matt. 19:26).

Lastly, there is a specific victory that conquers the world (our sinful desires) that is our faith. Remember the definition of faith? It is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen (Heb.11:1).

We are begotten by ” water and Spirit”(John 3:5) through God’s grace and, as His sons and daughters, we partake of the same divine nature as “His only begotten Son”. As members of His family we are indwelled by the Divine Spirit Himself to conquer (overcome) this world in the manner Jesus did. Obedience to the Father in faith, love and works.

So this week, let’s not tell God we love Him……. Let’s show Him! The victory is our’s to have!

Amen.

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4 Responses

  1. “… the greatest of these is love.”

    Awesome reflection, Tim!

  2. Thanks Amber.And I’m sorry that I “borrowed” the title for this post, from one of your previous post. I can only hope that your rental rates are reasonalbe. 🙂

  3. No problem! You can keep it free of charge!

  4. Finally, something I can afford!

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