|1 John 5:4,1 |
1 [In this chapter John carefully defines what are the qualifying experiences of a believer who is born of God, which are summarized here:
1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ, is born of God, and everyone who loves the father also loves him who is begotten of him.1
4 For whoever is born of God overcomes [has conquered] the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. [John tells us what it means to overcome the world in 1 John 2:17: the world passes away and disappears, and with it the forbidden cravings (the passionate desires, the lust) of it. Paul confirms: they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world have (past tense) come; the world has been crucified to me, and me to it, Gal 6:14. To overcome the world is to be crucified from the lusts of the world: to have mortified the lusts and desires for things, wealth, bodies, sex; that is the victory that overcomes. But the only victory the believers of Christendom have experienced, is victory over their conscience and guilt for committing sin .]
1 The single scripture verse, taken out of context, which people use to fool themselves to believe they are born again, is:
Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God .. 1 John 5:1.
"See" they say — "scripture proves I am born again because I believe Jesus is the Christ."
But look at the verses immediately after this partial verse taken out of context: Verse 1: Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father also loves him who is begotten of Him. Verse 2: By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commands. Verse 3: For this is the love of God, that we keep His commands. And His commands are not burdensome. Verse 4: For whoever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. Verse 5: Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
So John is saying: if you have been born of God: 1) you love God, 2) you love your fellow believers, 3) you keep God's commands [are obedient], and 4) you have overcome the world. John tells us who really believes that Jesus in the Son of God: he who has overcome the world, by fighting the good fight of faith, to victory over sin. He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself ... He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life, John 5:10,12. To have the Son, is to possess the Son and the Father in your heart, in sufficient measure to be your true Lord in control of your thoughts, words, and deeds. If you have been born again, you know Him to be in total control of you; you don't have to search the scriptures to think that you have eternal life. Paul confirmed: "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." Rom 8:14.
Read early Quaker, kingdom-dwelling William Dewsbury's incredible, wonderful sermon on what it is like to really be born again.