Summary: EASTER 2(B) - This is the victory that overcomes: Faith to believe Jesus is the Son of God and love to obey God’s commands.
THIS IS THE VICTORY THAT OVERCOMES! (Outline)
INTRO: Everyone likes the winner as much as everyone likes to be a winner. God’s victory over sin, death, and the devil is our victory over sin, death, and the devil. Today’s text points out the fact that be-lievers are not just winners. Believers are even more than champions. Our gracious God provides us with the ultimate victory that overcomes! "As it is written: ’For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us"(ROMANS 8:36 (quickview) ,37). Again, we are not just winners – not mere mortal champions – but more than conquerors.
THIS IS THE VICTORY THAT OVERCOMES!
I. Faith in God’s Son,
II. Obeying God’s word.
I. FAITH IN GOD’S SON
A. John writes to people, believers, challenged by a persistent false teaching of the day – Gnosticism.
1. Gnosticism is a word that means knowledge. People valued knowledge above all else.
2. John reminds these believers that their faith is far more valuable than all worldly knowledge.
B. Verse 1a. This is the simple salvation statement – believers in Jesus are born of God.
1. In verse 4 John tells the importance of being born of God and having faith to overcome.
2. As believers they are given the knowledge – faith – to overcome the world and its knowledge.
C. This victory that overcomes come by God’s grace. This victory that overcomes is faith in God’s Son.
1. Verse 5 repeats the simple salvation statement: Believers in Jesus, the Son of God, overcome.
2. This victory of faith that in God’s Son that overcomes is guaranteed in verse 6b.
3. The Holy Spirit changes the hearts of believers from stony hearts to believing hearts of flesh.
D. This is the victory that overcomes – faith in Jesus as God’s Son. This simple salvation statement is still hard for some to believe in our enlightened day and age. Gnosticism, the teaching that knowledge is supreme, is still alive and well. Too often, we depend on our knowledge as the best guide we think we have. Too often, the knowledge of this world is made to appear far more superior to divine knowledge and revelation of the Scriptures. People think that they might earn their way into heaven by living a good life, by doing good works, or even by believing hard enough. These are all fruits of faith that flow from faith. It is purely out of God’s undeserved loved that we are given the faith to believe that Jesus is the Son of God. God’s grace gives each of that victory that overcomes – faith. "But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy"(TITUS 3:4 (quickview) ,5a). This is the victory of Christ that is now our victory that overcomes.
E. We look back and see the empty tomb at Easter and we rejoice. We look back and see our suffering Savior on the cross on Good Friday and we are sad. We are saddened because we are reminded of the reason that the Savior is upon the cross. Jesus is suffering a horrendous death not because of anything he had done. Jesus is innocent. Jesus suffers and dies for us. "But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear"(ISAIAH 59:2 (quickview) ).