|1 John 2:4,13-14,4:4,5:4-5|
4 He who says, "I know him," and does not keep his commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
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 wicked one. I write to you, young children, because you have known the Father. [In this verse the Greek for young men that have overcome the devil is neaniskoi <3495>, and the Greek for young children that know the Father is paidia <3813>; these are not the little children disciples who still sin. The young children of this verse know the Father but are yet to completely overcome the devil.]
14 I have written to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.2 [The Greek for young men in this verse is again neaniskoi <3495>. In this chapter John addresses disciples who still sin, without salvation; plus John addresses three groups of sons with salvation, freed from sin: 1) young children of God who know the Father, 2) young men of God that have overcome the devil and grown strong in the measure of the Word of God (Jesus) living in them, and 3) stronger still, fathers, capable of developing other children.]
4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because greater is he who is in you, than he who is in the world.
4 For whoever is born of God overcomes [has conquered]the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. [John tells us what it means to overcome the world in 1 John 2:17: the world passes away and disappears, and with it the forbidden cravings (the passionate desires, the lust) of it. Paul confirms: they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world have (past tense) come; the world has been crucified to me, and me to it, Gal 6:14. To overcome the world is to be crucified from the lusts of the world: to have mortified the lusts and desires for things, wealth, bodies, sex; that is the victory that overcomes. But the only victory the believers of Christendom have experienced, is victory over their conscience and guilt for committing sin .]
5 Who is he who overcomes [has conquered] the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? [ Unless you believe Jesus, you will never be able to overcome the world; but the converse is not true. Just because you believe Jesus is the Son of God, does not mean you have automatically conquered the world; to conquer the world you must crucify your sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial.]
|Revelation 2:7,11,26,3:21 |
7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches: To him who overcomes I will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.3
11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches: He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.5
26 He who overcomes, and continues my [commanded] works to the end, to him I will give power over the nations; [You must overcome the world, sin, and the devil to attain salvation; and to overcome, you must persist in obedience to the word of the Lord within to the end when you see Him bring your eternal life and salvation.]
21 To him who overcomes, I will grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and have sat with my Father in his throne. [Notice! As Jesus has continually sat with the Father in his throne, so the overcomer will continually sit and rule with Jesus in his throne.]