Wednesday, March 11, 2015

You have overcome them - 1 John 4:4-6

"You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error." (1 John 4:4-6)
We were not always from God. Even though God had created us, we, for a time, spent our lives as being from the world; living according to its dictates, its interests, and its plan. We lived our lives subject to the forces and influences of the world, doing their bidding, and suffering the loss. We were "slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness" (Romans 6:19) and not truly free within ourselves. While from the world we were subject to the spirit of anti-christ and our lives were lived in opposition to Christ and His Kingdom. However, now we have been born from above. We have been, "rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son." (Colossians 1:13) We are no longer from the world. We are now from God.

Now that we are from God we are no longer subject to the spirit of anti-christ but have overcome them by the grace and power of the Spirit that resides within us. We no longer need to fear the world or the world system for something greater is within us. We are destine to win. We are destine to overcome. We have risen above the world and are now free to live a life spent pursuit of God and in obedience to His will and calling. While we used to be slaves of sin, we are now free to become "slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification." (Romans 6:19) A new life has been opened up to us and we are free to enter in.

Where you are from makes all the difference in the world. Those who are from the world hear those who are also from the world. They cannot hear or understand those who are from God because they are earthly and natural. Those who are from God hear those who are also from God. They can hear and understand those who are from the world but they choose rather the message that is from above. They have rejected the message from the world and have chosen to follow that which is from heaven for they too are heavenly in their regeneration and calling.

We know where people are from by what message they listen to. Those who follow the message of the spirit of anti-christ are of this world and are following error. Those who listen to the message of God are from God and following truth. To tell the difference you need only to see who is following what. Are you following the spirit of truth?

David Robison

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