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FAITH IS THE VICTORY THAT OVERCOMES THE WORLD….

06 Aug

 

         “I  HAVE  OVERCOME  THE  WORLD”

 

Intro.

 
1. Conquering heroes are honored with praise, power, privilege. We benefit from heroic efforts of the past & present.
 
2. There is no greater struggle for men’s freedom nor a more glorious Conqueror than Jesus’ victory over sin & death & His exaltation on high – Rev. 12:7-10.
 
a. “There are no victories at discount prices.” (Gen. D. Eisenhower)
 
b. Christ’s victory won at great cost – Jno. 12:27-33 (Heb. 2:14-15).
 
3. At great cost Jesus has “overcome the world” so you and I may live free! Jno. 16:33
 
 
 
I. JESUS HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD – Jno. 16:33.
 
A. He Has Overcome Satan – 1 Jno. 3:8; cf. Rev. 12:8-9.
 
1. Satan’s power to hold men in fear & tempt us to yield to the flesh is not insurmountable – Christ has defeated Him!
 
2. By His crucifixion He “cast out” Satan (destroyed his power base) – Jno. 12:27-31; cf. Heb. 2:14-15.
 
B. He Has Overcome Sin.
 
1. In His death He bore the penalty of our sin (death) – 2 Cor. 5:18-21; 2 Pet. 2:23-24 (Isa. 53:4-6).
 
2. He “condemned sin in the flesh” – Rom. 8:3 (1-4).
 
a. By His sinless life, Jesus showed that the failure of the law to give life was not with God’s law, but with man weakness of flesh (Rom. 8:3; Heb. 4:15).
 
b. By His death, He condemned sin that dwells in man’s flesh (8:3).
 
3. Jesus overcame sin in His life & by His death!
 
C. He Has Overcome Death – Jno. 11:25-26.
 
1. Physical death, in His resurrection – 11:25; 1 Cor. 15:20.
 
2. Spiritual death, because he saves from sin – 11:26; Rom. 6:21-23.
 
3. In Christ we are “free from the law of sin and death” – Rom. 8:1-2.
 
D. He Has Overcome the Darkness of Ignorance & Error – Jno. 1:4-5.
 
1. Lk. 2:29-32 – A light bringing salvation to the nations (Matt. 4:16).
 
2. Jno. 8:12 – Light of the world to escape darkness (9:5).
 
3. Jno. 14:6 – The Way & Truth who is the path to God!
 
E. He Continues to Overcome Every False Doctrine – 1 Jno. 4:1-4.
 
1. False teachers with their false doctrines (those who teach error are against Christ, 4:3) fall before Christ.
 
2. He is mightier than they! – 4:4-6 (Gal. 1:8-9)
 
 
 
II. OUR FAITH IN JESUS OVERCOMES THE WORLD – 1 Jno. 5:4.
 
A. By Our Faith in Christ, We Share in Christ’s Victories! – Rev. 12:10
 
B. When We Live by Faith, We Overcome (Rev. 12:11):
 
1. By the blood of the Lamb – Eph. 1:7.
 
-Overcome sin & death – Rom. 6:1-3; Acts 22:16 – Believe & be baptized – Saved by His blood!
 
2. By the word of their testimony – cf. Rev. 12:17; 14:12.
 
a. Word of the gospel – Acts 2:40; 20:20-21, 24, 32.
 
b. Overcome Satan by the word of God! – 1 Jno. 2:13-14.
 
c. Overcome darkness & error when we believe & walk in His light of truth! – Jno. 12:35-36
 
d. Overcome every false teaching – 2 Cor. 10:3-5 (Eph. 6:17).
 
3. By self-denial – Matt. 16:25; cf. Rom. 8:35-39.
 
a. Rev. 12:17 – The battle rages & we must deny & endure – 2 Tim. 2:3-4.
 
b. Eph. 6:13 – Clothed in His armor, we stand!
 
4. Rev. 12:12 – Rejoice in the victory of Christ! (Rev. 17:14)
 
 
 

Conclusion

 
1. Victory over Satan, sin & death is through Christ – 1 Cor. 15:50-57.
 
2. Rev. 3:20-21; 21:7 – Hear & obey Him! He who overcomes shall inherit all things!
 
3. To the victor goes the spoils! Will you share in victory or defeat?
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