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Doing Away with Divisions (4 of 40)
Series: Living Under Kingdom Authority
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
1 Corinthians 1.10-17
Salvation turns losers into winners! Salvation turns us into overcomers rather than being over come! You say, “Over come by what? Over come by whom?” I think I’ll just let the Apostle John answer that. 1 John 5.4-5, “For whatever is born of God OVERCOMES THE WORLD. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith. Who is he who OVERCOMES the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”
What does it mean to “OVERCOME?” Well, the word used here is where we get our English word “Nike.” It means “to conquer, to gain a victory, to overcome.” It was used to describe the athlete who “reigned supreme as champion,” , a dominator!
“Whatever is born of God OVERCOMES the WORLD – our faith ..” Here’s what that means: we now have a superior position over the world! We now have a faith that overrides and super cedes anything that Satan sends against us! “For whatever is born of God OVERCOMES the world – our faith.”
And yes, the word John uses in 1 John 5 that’s translated “overcomes” comes from the same word Paul uses in Romans 8.37, “.. we are MORE THAN CONQUERORS through Him who loved us.”
And listen again to what Jesus tells us in Luke 10.19, “Behold, I give you AUTHORITY to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” That raises a question: how can “nothing by any means hurt me?” Nothing by any means can hurt you because of Kingdom Authority! You now have access to authority over the one who is out to do you harm! Greater is He who is in you, than he who is in the world!
Therefore, ultimately nothing shall by any means hurt you, which means to harm you, to commit an injustice.
You say, “How does that work?” Joseph in the book of Genesis understood how that works. After experiencing all kinds of personal and family ...
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