|Daily Bread - March 17, 2017|
|Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen|
|Friday, 17 March 2017 09:10|
1 John 2:13 - I write unto you, fathers, because you have known Him Who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have conquered the Evil One.
Jesus conquered the 'world system' where the Evil One reigns who is also called the prince and the power of the air by Paul (Ephesians 2:3). Those who have been born of God have been empowered to conquer the 'world system' just as Jesus did, which is also the proof of the believer (1 John 2:6, 4:4, 4:17, 5:4-5, 18). We are commanded by Jesus to conquer or overcome just as He overcame (Revelation 3:21). There are two realms: that of Christ Jesus which is far above all others, and the realm of the god of this world (Ephesians 1:21-22, 2:2-3). The realm of Christ Jesus is the place of glory and virtue; the other, is that of lust and iniquity (Colossians 1:13; 1 John 2:15-17).
The scriptures demand that we refuse the ways of the Satanic and walk in the power of the new birth, by which we conquer the Evil One; because the Greater One, Christ Jesus, is in us. The world, its lust, and the spirit of antichrist have no power over the ones who are born again (John 16:33; 1 John 2:12, 14, 4:4, 5:4-5; Revelation 2:7, 2:11, 2:17, 2:26, 3:5, 3:12, 3:21). The overcoming power encapsulated in the Greek verb 'nikao,' which means to 'conquer,' is found many times, making this doctrine absolute: 6 times in the 1st Epistle of John (1 John 2:12, 2:14, 4:4, 5:4, 5:5); but is also found once in the Gospel of John (John 16:33); and 15 times in the book of Revelation (Revelation 2:7, 2:11, 2:17, 2:26, 3:5, 3:12, 3:21, 6:2, 11:7, 12:11, 13:7, 15:2, 17:14, 21:7).
The "Evil One", 'poneros,' is Satan. He is the one who rules in the realm of darkness, a place foreign and alien to those who walk in the Light, where there is no darkness (1 John 1:5; Acts 26:18; Colossians 1:13). The Evil One is referred to as the prince of this world whom Jesus cast out when He was crucified (John 12:31). He is also called the prince and the power of the air, the god of this world, and referred to as spiritual wickedness by Paul (Ephesians 2:2-3, 6:11-12)
Be an overcomer!
Pastor Mark Spitsbergen