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1 John 5:4
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
Beloved, has your walk been jubilant with the song of triumph, or have you been limping through life to the thudding beat of defeat? Has your face been enlightened by the radiance of ever increasing glory, or has you face become worn down from the constant weight of your sagging frown?
The Christian experience of most has been mingled with blips of ecstasy and streaked with the dull smear of striving, struggling, fighting, failing, and repeating. Yet the Scriptures testify to a life that is swallowed up by Christ and engulfed in His essence. The Scriptures tell us we are clothed with Christ and that His life is now ours (Gal 3:27). Victory has become the breath that fills our lungs, and every opposing force shutters at the thought of us standing in the fullness of what has been freely bestowed upon us in Him. Yet we have a veil over our eyes beloved. We cannot see, and thus we are easily overtaken and quickly shrink back. Yet when we allow our sight to be flooded with Christ the veil is annihilated, and sight is restored (2 Cor 3:16).
In this verse, John is describing that the believer is by nature an overcomer. Every son and daughter in Him is by nature over and never under. “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world.” The word for “overcomes” in this passage is νικάω (nik-ah-o), and it literally means “to carry off the victory.” This word is in the present tense in the original Greek, which means a continuous action. Thus, everyone who is born of God continually carries off the victory, or is continually victorious. Beloved this means that in Christ victory is your portion!
But that is not all! The second part of this verse tells us, “This is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” The word for “that has overcome,” is in the aorist tense: Meaning that it is a completed action. In other words it is our faith that has made us continually victorious, or we are overcomers because we have placed our trust in Christ! We are called to live by faith and it is this faith that has made us overcomers (2 Cor 5:7).
This verse doesn’t say that as we struggle, war, gnaw, and claw our way through life we catch glimpses of breakthrough. But rather that the faith we have placed in Christ and His finished work has caused our walk to boom with victory. Leaving in our wake the evidence of God’s presence and favor.
Let us define what the victorious life in Christ means by first describing what it does not mean. The victorious life in Christ does not meant hat everything is always smooth sailings, or that difficulty and turbulent seasons shall never befall you; but rather the victorious life in Christ means that regardless of what befalls you we already have victory. Why is this you ask? Well, our victory was fully accomplished by the saving act of Christ on the cross. Because He has died and risen our ultimate victory is secure. Therefore we can scream in the face of opposition, “Bring it on!” fully convinced that we will emerge on the other side unscathed and unshaken. For our tribulations are temporal, yet our victory is eternal, thus we can have confidence and rest no matter what comes against us. For Christ is risen and the day is already won! We can be fearless, bold, and certain!
Beloved, the faith we have in Christ is a resting faith, in as much as it abides in the finished work of Christ and the benefits that His cross has crowned us with. Thus our victorious life is marked by a conquering sit. For the Father was pleased to raise us up with Christ and seat us with him in heavenly places (Eph 2:6). We are seated above all forms of opposition, affliction, oppression, power, and principality. Nothing can match us, overpower us, or overwhelm us! Hallelujah!
Child of God, this means that our victorious walk is lived out through a resting faith. We see victory all around not because we have prayed the proper way, or have spent long hours in deep Biblical study. Neither is it due to our impeccable and unflinching obedience, or our solid ethical lifestyle. No! We are to look away from ourselves and fix our gaze on the risen One! We are to rest in His perfect work! We are to live from His victory, for that victory has been conferred onto us! The victorious life in Christ is effortless, for it is by faith and not works!
We are to dwell in the land, this place of promise found in Christ, and feed, or live, on of His faithfulness, what He has done (Ps 37:3)! We are to rest and release! We rest in Christ’s finished work and by faith release what is already ours in Him! This is the victorious life in Christ.
Beloved you are an overcomer! Right now, child of God no matter how dire your circumstances, or how intimidating your trial, know that you are seated above, in Christ, and therefore victory is already yours! Whether you “feel it” or not, it is there, so look and see with eyes full of faith, and release what is yours! For, “A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you (Ps 91:7)! Neither the waters, nor the flames will consume you, and no weapon formed against you shall prevail, and you, my friend, will be the one to condemn every tongue that rises up against you for this is the heritage of the saints: And your righteousness is from Him (Isa 43:2; Isa 54:17)!