Overcomers (Part 2)

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Scripture reading from I John 5:1-5

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  1. Donald McMahon
    December 3, 2018

    “Overcomers Part 2” (1 John 5:1–5)(12.2.18)
    1 John 5:1–5 (NIV84) Faith in the Son of God
    5 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
    The word of God for the people of God.
    Title: Overcomers Part 2
    I am afraid that too many church goers have been overcome by sleep. Here are my observations from last week: at SCF too few understood what it means to be born of God; when I showed you this scripture to you on the screen, no one was able to identify the necessity of being born again as the foundational truth of today’s scripture; and, although the sermon was a little longer than normal, quite a few of you had trouble staying awake.
    This was especially disconcerting for me because it is a crucial subject; because I preached it with passion; and, because I hardly used my notes at all which is supposed to be the most effective way to communicate.
    Falling asleep has been a problem from the beginning of the Church. Even Paul had to cope with it. Acts 20:9 (ESV)
    9 And a young man named Eutychus, sitting at the window, sank into a deep sleep as Paul talked still longer. And being overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead.
    And the night before Jesus’ crucifixion, when he was in agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, Peter, James and John were overcome with sleep. Even though Jesus had pleaded with them to stay awake and pray. Sleep, spiritual sleep, is one of many things Overcomers are to overcome.
    To be Overcomers, we must be born from above, born of God, born again:
    Paul tells us in Romans 8:9 (NIV84) You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.
    Romans 8:16 (NIV84) The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
    Charles Finney: There is a worldly spirit and there is also a heavenly spirit; and one or the other exists in the heart of every man and controls his whole being. Those who are under the control of the world, of course have not overcome the world. No man overcomes the world till his heart is imbued with the spirit of heaven.
    Jesus tells his disciples in John 16:33 (NIV84)
    33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
    What is this world that Jesus has overcome?
    The signification of the term “world” in the Bible is clear. The world of mankind is estranged from God, but can be reconciled to him (2 Cor 5:17–21). The world at enmity with God is condemned (Jn 3:18–21), without God and without hope (Eph 2:12). But Jesus came to redeem mankind from “the present evil age” (Gal 1:4) and to free them from “slavery under the basic principles of the world” (Gal 4:3 niv).
    It is by our faith that we overcome the world. What faith, what belief system?
    We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
    the only Son of God,
    eternally begotten of the Father,
    God from God, Light from Light,
    true God from true God,
    begotten, not made,
    of one Being with the Father.
    Through him all things were made.

    For us and for our salvation
    he came down from heaven:
    by the power of the Holy Spirit
    he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
    and was made man.

    For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
    he suffered death and was buried.
    On the third day he rose again
    in accordance with the Scriptures;
    he ascended into heaven
    and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
    He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
    Because we claim this faith, we too share in Christ’s victory over sin and death. With the Spirit of God living within us, we are overcomers!
    *What have we Overcome?
    Mark 9:24 (NIV84)
    24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
    Luke 8:37 (NIV84)
    37 Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.
    Jesus promises in Luke 10:19 (NIV84)
    19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
    Romans 12:21 (NIV84) Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
    1 John 2:13–14 (NIV84)
    13 I write to you, fathers,
    because you have known him who is from the beginning.
    I write to you, young men,
    because you have overcome the evil one.
    I write to you, dear children,
    because you have known the Father.
    14 I write to you, fathers,
    because you have known him who is from the beginning.
    I write to you, young men,
    because you are strong,
    and the word of God lives in you,
    and you have overcome the evil one.
    A.W. Tozer said, “If I look at the world, I will conform to ways of the world. If I look at the Word, I will conform to the will of God”
    1 John 4:4 (NIV84)
    4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
    In 1 Timothy 5:11 (NIV84) Paul laments younger widows, who give into their sensual desires which overcome their dedication to Christ, and they leave their faith to marry a man who is a non-believer.
    2 Peter 2:19–20 (ESV) Warns –
    19 They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. 20 For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.
    1 John 5:4–5 (NIV84)
    4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
    Revelation 2:7 (NIV84)
    7 … To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
    Revelation 2:11 (NIV84)
    …He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death.
    Revelation 2:26 (NIV84)
    26 To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations—
    Revelation 3:5 (NIV84)
    5 He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.
    Revelation 3:21 (NIV84)
    21 To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.
    Revelation 21:7 (NIV84)
    7 He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
    Terms like victory and overcome imply conflict and struggle. Surely the testimony of each of our lives validates that we face trials, tribulations, and evil. One preacher said our victory is onward, upward, skyward, and heavenward. And, Dr. James Orr said:
    “Now Christianity, if it is anything, aims at being a world-conquering principle. This is its ultimate aim, but it has a nearer aim, which is really the guarantee for its accomplishing the wider result. Its nearer aim is to give the individual in their own spirit the victory over the world, to implant there the Divine principle of victory, to make the individual them self a type of that fuller victory which is yet to be realized in society as a whole.”
    Our victory is not only overcoming this world; our victory is participating in the establishment of the kingdom of God here on earth. Jesus came to defeat sin and death and we have been equipped to continue God’s mission here on earth until Jesus comes again. To God be the glory!
    Amen and amen. Let us pray.


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