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“Who is it that overcomes the world?  Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”                                 
1 John 5:5

Jesus’s role as both Christ and Son is key to embracing our opportunity to overcome. 

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“For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4

Not only shall we live a life with God unburdened, we are overcomers. The power of overcoming runs deep, and fills any cracks left by maturing faith.


 “And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.”

1 John 4:14

Belief and testimony that Christ is the World’s Savior, sent by the Father:  further evidence of God’s life in us.


“They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.”
1 John 4:5

The world speaks and listens in opposition to the Spirit of God and in opposition to Jesus.  Jesus came into the world, and yet in all of his fleshy-ness, did not succumb to the world.  We are called to listen to Jesus as opposed to the world.


“Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. ”

1 John 3:13

Hatred is always hard to stomach. God says we should not be surprised by it.    Shrewd, yes.   Surprised, no.

 

 


In the first 3 verses of 1 John 3, John invites us to have an eternal perspective. He calls us to remember that we are members of a family that transcends the physical, temporary world. We are the physical children of someone, we are the eternal, permanent, children of God. We are children of God whether we “feel” it or not. Some people struggle to understand, ascertain, appreciate an eternal perspective because they do not know God. We should help others to know, not because we have all the answers, but because we are related to an awesome God that does.

One challenge of an eternal perspective is that we don’t see everything all at once. By design, we don’t get to see the entire picture, from start to finish, we aren’t given the memo on how God’s work now makes us more like Christ later. When Christ first appeared to his followers post resurrection, even his own disciples – those that walked with him – did not recognize him. Yet, God is working now so that when Christ returns, we will recognize him and – ‘we shall see him as he is.’ This is incredibly powerful and encouraging. Upon return, we shall know and see Jesus for all that he is, a gift that not even those humans who had the most intimate connection had. This meeting creates in us a hope so meaningful that we are spurred to action- action to continually purify our lives so that our lifestyles align with Christ, and we know him when he returns.

{Meditations on 1 John 3:1-3}


“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”
1 John 3:1

We are currently and actively the recipients of a lavished love – both great and fatherly. We know and treat others as children lavished when we are knowing and focused on God. When we don’t know God, we don’t know his children.