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OVERCOMING THE WORLD (Part 1)
Eric Aboadwe    [email]    ( Ghana ) 2017-04-11     Views : 18     Touched : 2
OVERCOMING THE WORLD (Part 1)

Our Scripture reading for this new day will be taken from the first Epistle of John which says:

“For whatever is BORN of God OVERCOMES the world. And this is the victory that has OVERCOME the world – our FAITH. Who is he who OVERCOMES the world, but he who BELIEVES that JESUS is the Son of God. This is He who came by WATER and BLOOD – JESUS CHRIST... (1 John 5:4-6).

As Believers, we must believe in the totality of the Bible. If our FAITH in the righteous acts of JESUS is a halfway and not complete, then our being born again cannot also be complete, and our forgiveness of sins cannot be complete, neither can our sanctification and justification be complete.

The reason WHY some people are always asking God to forgive, to sanctify, and to cleanse them is all because they don’t have the COMPLETE FAITH in what the LAMB of God did to “take away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).

The LORD JESUS said, “I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me” (John 14:30). If the LORD says this, then who is the ruler of this world? The Scripture gives an answer to this and also tells us how “the ruler of this world” has blinded people from believing that JESUS came by WATER and BLOOD.

It says, “But even if our GOSPEL is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who DO NOT BELIEVE, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God should shine on them” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

By looking at these two Scripture references from John 14:30 and 2 Corinthians 4:4, we can see that when Jesus says “the ruler of this world,” and the Apostle Paul also talks about “the god of this age,” they are all referring to Satan.

Satan defeated the mankind through SIN in order to make them his subordinates to be judged alongside with him to hell. But JESUS came for the mankind to WIN over Satan and to “OVERCOME” the devil through His WATER BAPTISM which fulfilled all righteousness (Matthew 3:15), and His BLOOD which paid for the judgment of our SINS, and with His RESURRECTION which brought our justification.

Therefore if our Bible reading says that “For whatever is BORN of God OVERCOMES the world,” it means that those who are born of the “WATER and the SPIRIT” as JESUS told Nicodemus (John 3:5), “OVERCOME” Satan who is the ruler of this world. We must know that every child of God is born to “OVERCOME.”

The words WIN and LOSE are two common words. If you are not a WINNER, then you are a LOSER. If you are a RIGHTEOUS person, then you are a WINNER, but if you are a SINNER, then you are a LOSER. This is because no SINNER can “OVERCOME” Satan who is the originator of SIN.

Satan the devil knows HOW human beings can “OVERCOME” him. He knows very well that there is POWER in the BAPTISM of JESUS which fulfilled all RIGHTEOUSNESS. The Old Serpent knows that the WATER and the BLOOD of Christ “OVERCOMES” Sin. Whiles our SINS defeated us before Satan, the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD has made us “OVERCOME” him.

No human righteousness can OVERCOME Satan. JESUS our LORD told us about a Lawyer who was trying to become righteous through the Law of Moses. This lawyer wanted to justify himself through the Law, but he was defeated by Satan.

JESUS told us about how the Lawyer was defeated by saying that he “...fell among THIEVES, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead” (Luke 10:30). These Words of our LORD is confirming what He told us in John 10:10 that, “The THIEF does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy...” (John 10:10a)

It means that the THIEVES who beat the Lawyer represent Satan and his demonic hosts. The Lawyer could not “OVERCOME” Satan by his obeisance to the Law. It is very easy for the devil to “strip off” our own HUMAN RIGHTEOUSNESS. This is because “all our righteousness are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6a).

But JESUS CHRIST came by WATER and BLOOD to heal the Lawyer from the disease of SIN and to make him “OVERCOME” Satan by giving him His RIGHTEOUSNESS as a free gift (Romans 5:17). That’s why the LORD said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10b)

The devil is not afraid of HUMAN RIGHTEOUSNESS which is attain through the Law, and therefore no human being can “OVERCOME” him with his own righteousness. However Satan is afraid of GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS which JESUS fulfilled through His BAPTISM and with His DEATH on the Cross.

The devil, knowing that human beings can “OVERCOME” him with the WATER and the BLOOD of JESUS, developed another strategic plan to blind people by making them believe in only the BLOOD of JESUS whiles they leave out the WATER.

WHY is it that many Christians who believe in only the BLOOD of JESUS are still SINNERS? It is because this kind of faith is not a complete FAITH which can “OVERCOME” sin and Satan.

Satan has “veiled” the WATER BAPTISM OF JESUS from many Christians, and he doesn’t want them to know because if they know, they will “OVERCOME” him. That’s why the Apostle Paul said that, “But even if our GOSPEL is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who DO NOT BELIEVE” (2 Corinthians 4:4a).

Therefore the reason why many people “DO NOT BELIEVE” in the WATER of JESUS is all because “the god of this age has blinded” their “minds” so that they will not understand that all their SINS were transferred onto JESUS when He received BAPTISM from John the Baptist. This is HOW the devil has defeated many Christians.

We were also like that, but when “the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ,” who is the image of God “shined” upon us, we BELIEVED, and we have “OVERCOME” the world and its ruler (Satan) by BELIEVING that JESUS came by the WATER and the BLOOD.

The part two of this message continues...

Those who “OVERCOME” the world by BELIEVING in the BAPTISM and the BLOOD of JESUS are BLESSED!

 

 
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