by Chris Walls

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Characteristics of an Overcomer (12 of 14)
Chris Walls
1 John 5:1-6


Rocky is an overcomer.
Rudy is an overcomer.

John introduces the subject of the victorious life. While the Bible uses many terms to describe what Christians are (e.g., believers, friends, brothers, sheep, saints, soldiers, witnesses, etc.), John highlights one particular term in this chapter: that is overcomer. Of the 24 times that the word occurs in the NT, John uses it 21 times. Several different forms of this term appear in these verses to emphasize the victorious nature of the believer.

I. Saving Faith (v.1)

* The word for "believe" is the word Pisteuo (to believe, to have faith). In John this word is always connected with an object.

* Which shows that faith requires not only that something be held as truth, but that someone has entered one's life. A commitment has been made and a relationship has been established that one can then "confess" that relationship.

* This word for faith here does not translate well into the English Language. Pisteuo in Greek is an action verb and the English language does not have a good equivalent.

* Our word "faith" is a noun, so the English translates it into the word "believe" which is a passive voice verb. Which means that the word "believe" does not require any action on the part of the subject. So, anytime you read the word believe, remember that it is an action verb.

* The Greek the word Pisteuo here conveys the idea of continuing faith, making the point that the mark of genuine believers is that they continue in faith through the whole of their life.

* Saving faith is not simply intellectual acceptance, but whole-hearted dedication to Jesus Christ that is permanent.

* Jesus Christ is the object of the believer's faith; particularly that He is the promised Messiah or "Anointed One" whom God sent to be the Savior from sin. Whoever places faith in Jesus Christ as the only Savior has been born again an ...

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