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I Have Overcome The World

John Collins11/25/2012John 16 tells us that we have overcome the world in Christ Jesus.

Jesus said that he had been speaking in figures of speech, but the time was coming when he would no longer use figures of speech.  Instead, he would tell us plainly about the Father.  

In that day, we will ask in the name of Jesus, and He did not say that He would ask the Father on our behalf -- for the Father Himself loves us, because we have loved Jesus, and because we believe that Jesus came from God.  Jesus said that He came from the Father to come into the world, and now He was leaving the world and going to the Father.

The disciples said, "Ah, now you are speaking plainly and not using figurative speech!  Now we know that you know all things and do not need anyone to question you; this is why we believe that you came from God."

Jesus asked them, "Do you now believe?"  He said the time had come when they would be scattered, each to his own home and will leave Him alone.  Yet He would not be alone, for the Father is with Him.  

He said that he told them these things so that they may have peace in Christ Jesus.  The world brings tribulation, but we have no reason to worry.  He said, "I have overcome the world."

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Have we overcome the world with Christ?  Do we require the doctrines of man to know more about Christ, or do we realize that Jesus said he would speak to us plainly about the Father?  Have we overcame the world by mysteries with a man, or have we overcame with the power in Christ and the Father?