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One of the greatest tragedies of life is the inability or the neglect of a father to pass on to his children the benefits of his experience.

Fathers must instruct, warn, and encourage their children.

For the next while Wednesday evenings messages will be from John’s first epistle and are titled “The Counsel of a Spiritual Father to His Children.”

Today we are discussing That Which Overcomes.

Text

1 John 5:4 (AMP)

4 For everyone born of God is victorious and overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has conquered and overcome the world—our [continuing, persistent] faith [in Jesus the Son of God]..

Scripture Reading

1 John 5:1-12 (AMP)

Overcoming the World

5 Everyone who believes [with a deep, abiding trust in the fact] that Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed) is born of God [that is, reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose], and everyone who loves the Father also loves the child born of Him. 

2 By this we know [without any doubt] that we love the children of God: [expressing that love] when we love God and obey His commandments. 

3 For the [true] love of God is this: that we habitually keep His commandments and remain focused on His precepts. And His commandments and His precepts are not difficult [to obey]. 

4 For everyone born of God is victorious and overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has conquered and overcome the world—our [continuing, persistent] faith [in Jesus the Son of God].

5 Who is the one who is victorious and overcomes the world? It is the one who believes and recognizes the fact that Jesus is the Son of God. 

6 This is He who came through water and blood [His baptism and death], Jesus Christ—not by the water only, but by the water and the blood. It is the [Holy] Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. [He is the essence and origin of truth itself.] 

7 For there are three witnesses: 

8 the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three are in agreement [their testimony is perfectly consistent]. 

9 If we accept [as we do] the testimony of men [that is, if we are willing to take the sworn statements of fallible humans as evidence], the testimony of God is greater [far more authoritative]; for this is the testimony of God, that He has testified regarding His Son. 

10 The one who believes in the Son of God [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies confidently on Him as Savior] has the testimony within himself [because he can speak authoritatively about Christ from his own personal experience]. The one who does not believe God [in this way] has made Him [out to be] a liar, because he has not believed in the evidence that God has given regarding His Son. 

11 And the testimony is this: God has given us eternal life [we already possess it], and this life is in His Son [resulting in our spiritual completeness, and eternal companionship with Him]. 

12 He who has the Son [by accepting Him as Lord and Savior] has the life [that is eternal]; he who does not have the Son of God [by personal faith] does not have the life.

Introduction

In the section of John’s epistle that we will be studying tonight, John had some probing things to say about faith in the life of a believer.

He gave us the preamble of faith, the foundation, the basic premise, the launching pad of faith that identifies us unmistakably as a member of the family of God.

Then, increasing the pressure of his spiritual scalpel, John talked about the practice of faith, that which, without words, speaks eloquently of our relationship with God.

Finally he gave the principal of faith, driving down some pilings on which to build the structure of our faith.

  1. Let’s start with John’s preamble. 1 John 5:1.
  1. John stated a basic truth, “who ever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God.”

In other words, he was saying that those who have truly experienced the new birth are those who have not only given intellectual commitment to the incarnation, but who have also received in their hearts this truth.

They know, with experiential knowledge, that Jesus came in the flesh and lived a sinless perfect life on earth.

B. In the last phrase of this verse, John’s underlying theme emerges.

The New International Version translates it, “Everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.”

Here is the greatest equation in the Bible.

Loving God equals loving His children!

John was talking about spiritual family love, not love for the lost person, which is s redemptive, compassionate love.

Rather, John was presenting a complete cycle, when I love God, I love His children.

2. In verses 2-5, John became very practical and talked about faith.

  1. Here is a second equation, Loving God equals keeping His commandments.

What had John done?

He had taken the first equation, “Loving God equals loving His children.” And changed it from an attitude to an action.

In other words, I can say to you that I love God and consequently His children, and I can fool you, but I cannot fool God.

But if I keep His commandments and do those things He has told me to do in His Word, you can see that and know that I am sincere.

That is faith in practice and not just in word.

B. Now let us reiterate what we have learned previously regarding this love of God in us that flows out to our brothers and sisters.

It is spontaneous, that is, it is explosive, filled with joy and overflowing.

Love is not done out of duty but flows naturally from joy.

C. Then John said that keeping God’s commandments is not a grievous experience.

God’s commands are not a burden.

For most people, rules and regulations are unpleasant. 

We get irritated under them, we resent them.

But John said there is a difference with the commandments of Jesus.

Because His commandments are given in love, they are a delight and not a burden!

3. In verses 6-12 John set forth the principal of faith.

  1. The principal of faith in God is based on two facts about Jesus that John referred to by the use of the words water and blood. 

Water refers to Christ’s baptism by John at the beginning of His public ministry.

By this act, it was declared to the world that Jesus was the Messiah.

From that moment, the steps of Jesus were ever and always towards the cross.

So then, if the water represents the commencement of Jesus’ earthly journey, the blood stands for the culmination of it all on the cross.

Thus the principal of Christian faith has been dependant from the beginning on the saviourhood of Jesus and on His atonement for sin through His blood shed on the cross.

B. The victory shout comes in verse 12, “he who does not have the Son of God [by personal faith] does not have the life.”

When we start to exercise and practice the faith God gave us when we wee born again, we begin to feel a power and a peace that provides spiritual buoyancy.

We can say, “This is the life!”

Why?

Because we have the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, living within, on the throne of our heart! 

Conclusion.

Many Christians do not practice their faith.

It lies dormant within them.

As a result, they have no joy.

They cannot say “This is the life!” In regard to their Christianity.

Often they become miserable and defensive in their Christian lives, sometimes even filled with self pity.

The practice of our faith is the overcoming power in life.

Until next time

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I really want to encourage you to be diligent with your Bible study time, because God has so much more for us than we can get from just going to church once or twice a week and hearing someone else talk about the Word.

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