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1 John 5:4-5, Overcoming By Faith
1 John 5:4-5 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? (KJV)
Every child of God defeats this evil world by trusting Christ Jesus to give them victory. The ones who win this battle against the world are the ones who BELIEVE that Jesus is the Son of God. They “overcome” this world and the devil.
Whatsoever = are those who come to Jesus by faith.
Overcometh = conquer, overcome, prevail, get the victory.
The world = all that are opposed to keeping the commandments of God, those who draw us away from God, in this world, those who are corrupt flesh (unbelievers), also includes Satan, the prince of this world (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11). This is the victory that overcometh “. . . that hath (already) overcome the world”: the victory is implied here as having been already obtained (1 John 2:13; 4:4).
Our faith = credence, confidence, moral certainty of religious Truth, and the truthfulness of God, reliance upon Christ for salvation, ideal perseverance in such profession, assurance, belief, believe, trust, allegiance, loyalty.
Who = Whosoever is those who BELIEVE that Jesus is the Son of God. 1 John 5:1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. (KJV)
Confirming, as an undeniable fact, that the victory which overcomes the world is faith in the Son of God (Christ Jesus). For it is by ONLY by believing, that we are made one with Jesus the Son of God, thus making it possible that we partake of His victory over the world, plus another treasured blessing . . . we have dwelling within us One who is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4). There is NO unbeliever (someone who is not a Christian), anywhere in this whole world, who can overcome the world, because they do NOT have faith in Jesus!
True love from the people of God is evident, far different from natural kindness of unbelievers, because it is united with the love of God, and obedience to His commands (Mat.22:36-40). The same Holy Spirit who teaches the love, also teaches us obedience. A TRUE child of God loves as God loves, and CANNOT commit sin or neglect known duty. God’s commands are holy, just, and good and in following them, they give us liberty and happiness. We do NOT consider them grievous, so those who are born of God and love Him, can serve Him more perfectly. Humility and self-denial is required, but TRUE Christians have a standard which carries us far above anything that may hinder us, because we know that He will never leave us, never forsake us, ever (Heb.13:5).
Everyone except TRUE believers in Christ, are enslaved in some way or another, to the customs, opinions, interests or temptations of this world. FAITH is the reason for our victory,
FAITH is the method, the instrument, and the spiritual armor (Eph.6:16) by which we overcome. Only in and by FAITH can we cleave to Christ, and have contempt for, and be in opposition to the world. FAITH sanctifies the heart, and FAITH purifies it from those sensual lusts by which the world obtains sway and dominion over souls. FAITH has the indwelling Spirit of grace, which is greater than he who dwells in the world. The TRUE Christian overcomes the world by FAITH; and sees that in and by the life and conduct of the Lord Jesus on Earth, that this world must be renounced by us. We CANNOT be satisfied with this world, and we must look far beyond it; as we strive and press onward to Heaven. We ALL must, after Christ’s example, overcome the world, or it will overcome us to our ruin.
Rev. 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. (KJV)
Rev. 2:11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. (KJV)
Rev. 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. (KJV)
Rev. 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: (KJV)
Rev. 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. (KJV)
Rev. 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. (KJV)
Rev. 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. (KJV)
Rev. 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. (KJV)
These blessings come ONLY to those who overcome!
Passages mentioned above.
John 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. (KJV)
John 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. (KJV)
John 16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. (KJV)
1 John 2:13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. (KJV)
1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. (KJV)
Matthew 22:36-40 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (KJV)
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (KJV)
Eph. 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. (KJV)
Difficult or Confusing Bible Verses
1 Cor.3:13-15, What Motivates Us?
1 Cor.chapter 5, Should the Church Judge?
1 John 3:9, God's Child Cannot Sin . . . ???
1 John 5:4-5, Overcoming By Faith
1 John 5:16 . . . A Sin Unto Death???
1 John 5:18-20, Those Born of God Sinneth Not
1 Thes.5:23, Man's Trinity
2 Cor.2:14-17, Savour of Death, Savour of Life?
2 Thes.2:10-12, Those Left Behind
Col.3:12-17, How Believers Are To Live
Daniel 7:13-14, Christ in His Glory
Daniel 9:24-27, Daniel's 70 Weeks
Ecclesiastes 9:5-10, NO Soul Sleep
Genesis 3:15, Seed of the Woman
Genesis 6:1-2, Sons of God
Hebrews 6:4-9, Can a TRUE Christian Fall from Grace?
Hebrews 10:26, Do NOT Reject Christ!
Isaiah 53:4-5, By His Stripes We Are Healed!
John 6:47-58, Eating the Flesh and Blood of Jesus
John 15:1-6, Unfruitful Branches Burned?
Mark 3:28-29, The Unpardonable Sin?
Matthew Chapter 13, Mystery Parables of Jesus
Matthew 16:19, Keys to Kingdom of Heaven
Matthew 5:48, Being Perfect?
Matthew 7:21-23, Not Every One Goes to Heaven
Matthew 7:6, Cast Not Your Pearls before Swine!
* * * * Matthew 22:36-40, Believers' TWO Commandments * * * *
Matthew 23:13-30, Woes of Hypocrites