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Super Conqueror! Who Me?
January 15, 2017, 3:04 am
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I John 5: 4-5 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God.”
In I John 5, verses 4 and 5, three times Christians are said to be overcomers. The word translated “overcomers” comes from a form of a Greek word that most of us know “Nike.” This word (or its various forms) means “overcomer or conqueror”. We wear shoes and uniforms made by Nike so we “conqueror” our opponents in athletic contests. Missiles were called Nike to show their superiority in battles. Previously John had used the word in John 16:33 as He encourages us with the words “I have overcome (conquered) the world”. For the Greeks the word could only be used of their mythical gods because while humans may win battles and contests, they also lost at times. Their understanding of Nike was overcoming or conquering in a way that assured final victory. What Jesus was telling us was that He had won the final victory and would never be defeated.
Think of the truth in I John. We, Christians, are called “overcomers”. Humans gaining the final victories. But what enabled these humans to gain the victory? In I John 5:4 we find that whosoever is born of God is an overcomer or conqueror. In I John 5:5, we see that whosoever believes in Jesus is an overcomer.
Let me end with a third passage, Romans 8:37 tells us that we are “more than conquerors”. Paul explains that we are “super conquerors” or “ultimate conquerors” through Jesus Christ. Nothing in life can defeat us or separate us from the love of Christ. Today, live as a ultimate conqueror in Christ!

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