Today’s Reading: 1 John 5:1-21
Key Verses: “For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. 5 And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.” 1 John 5:4-5
Today’s text reveals that we will face powerful opposition in this world. This opposition is necessary.
Helen Keller, famous for the difficulties she overcame being born blind. made the observation that,“The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were not limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.”
It is the difficulties in life that give us the opportunity to know what it is like to have victory.
This text reveals three steps to overcome opposition:
First, to overcome opposition requires a Birth (v. 4). “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world.” There is no way to be an overcomer without a new birth, without being born again.
Secondly, to overcome opposition requires a Belief (vv. 4b-5). “And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. (5) Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” You do not become an overcomer by trying. You become an overcomer by trusting. It is by belief or faith, that we are born again. When we by faith receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour we are born again. If you want to be victorious, it is time to stop trying and start trusting. What are you trusting in today?
Thirdly and finally, to overcome opposition requires the Blood. Verse six tells us that it requires the shed blood of Jesus that we can have the victory over sin and death. In our modern day, we do not like to talk about the Blood but the Bible tells us, “without the shedding of blood there is no remission (of sin)” Hebrew 9:22. Sin demands a sacrifice. The payment for our sins requires an awesome price!
These are not three separate things that we must do! They are all part of a single act. We are born again when we by faith accept the payment that Jesus made through his blood.