Forever Triumphant, Day 3—Lenten Devotionals
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:4-5
In every generation there seems to be a stock, or maybe a sector of stocks, that beats the stock market. During my own lifetime, if I had believed in IBM, or Walmart, or Microsoft, or Google at the right time, I would have beat the stock market and would have been a rich man. John claims that if we put our faith in Jesus, we overcome the world.
FJ Huegel—Here John states in his own characteristic way what Paul affirms in 1 and 2 Corinthians. Now in the matter of victory, John was wont (used) to stress the essential condition on the human side. That condition is faith. You have got to do your part, and your part is to believe. Then too, in this great affirmation in 1 John, we are made to realize that victory is not something the Christian moves toward after a long hard fight, as a possible prize. No. It is something he already possesses rather as a point of departure. Victory and faith are one and the same thing. You could no more separate them than you could separate light from the sun, or pain from sin. The faith of which John is speaking is the faith which identifies itself with its object. It is the faith of Mark 11:22 where the Greek suggests “the faith of God.” Not “have faith in God,” as our versions have it, but rather, “the faith of God”; the faith which God, possessing the heart, inspires.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, if faith is indeed the victory that overcomes the world, then I pray that you would inspire in me the kind of faith that does this—for I have seen the empty faith in a false god bound to disappoint. Grant that my life and my mind would be fully committed to Jesus Christ, the Son of God who has overcome sin, death, and the opposition of humanity. I pray this in His name. Amen.