You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4
God’s Word stresses that the Holy Spirit lives within you, if you are a follower of Christ. And it is through the Spirit, we can overcome the evil in the world, including sin, Satan, temptations, persecution and false teaching; and we can live victoriously according to God’s plans and purposes for our lives.
Let’s explore for just a minute this idea that the Holy Spirit lives within you as a follower of Christ. Paul in 1 Corinthians 6:19 wrote this, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” What Paul is saying here is that as a Christian, your body is the personal dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. And because the Spirit lives in you and you belong to God, your body must never be defiled by any impurity or evil, whether by immoral thoughts, desires, actions or images. This principle also includes things that are not sexual in nature, such as caring properly and responsibly for our physical bodies in every respect. We must live and care for ourselves in such a way as to honor and please God with our bodies. After all, we do not belong to ourselves; Christ paid a ransom for us with his own life to free us from sin and bring us into a personal relationship with God.
Now let’s explore this idea that through the power of the Holy Spirit living inside us we can overcome, the evil in the world. And again we are going to look to the words of the apostle Paul to get a better understanding of the idea that the Holy Spirit gives us the ability to overcome the evil in the world. For you see Paul wrote these words in Romans 8:37, “No, in all things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” The entire phrase that Paul wrote here is just one word in Greek-hupernikomen. This compound word appear only once in the New Testament and that is as a part of this verse. And when we break down this compound Greek we will understand why Paul only needed one word to convey this important message. For the word “huper” means “over, or above” in Greek, and the word “nikomen” means “victors or conquerors.” Paul by using this one compound Greek word is saying that rather than being “victims” of our suffering and circumstances in a sinful world, we as Christians are “over and above victors” or “super victors.” Rather than barley getting by life’s difficult circumstances, we as Christ’s followers are “overwhelming conquerors.” That is because Jesus won the victory for us through his death on the Cross. Because of his victory, we can now have spiritual salvation and the presence of the Holy Spirit living in us, supplying the power for us to be “more than conquerors” through life’s struggles.
Today’s Bible Readings:
Numbers 16:41-18:32, Mark 16, Psalm 55:1-23 and Proverbs 11:7