Thursday, May 10, 2012

1 John 5.1-6

This Sunday we will be focusing on 1 John 5.1-6. In v5 John says: "Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?" Notice here that conquering the world has to do with believing that Jesus is the Son of God. The world is an environment of hatred (1 John 3.15) and is based on the works of the devil (1 John 3.8). To conquer this we are to believe in Jesus as the Son of God. This believing is lived out through trusting in the incarnate God. This letter of 1 John reminds us to trust in the God who humbled himself and took on the form of a servant. This trust overcomes the world because the love of God overcomes the world, and the love of God is found in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Are you loving God and trusting in God's grace through faith? This abandonment to the God who is worthy of our trust is the the thing that overcomes the world. This abandonment overcomes the works of the devil and the hate that tempts us to put up walls against our brothers and sisters. What are ways that you have overcome the world?

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