God Has Overcome the World

God Has Overcome the World

“Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” – 1 John 4:4 (ESV)

Have you ever felt that you were unfairly treated? Maybe someone said something about you or to you that was completely unwarranted. Or perhaps you were appalled at something you watched on the news. It seems like every day is accompanied by injustice or calamity. Satan, who is the ruler of this age, seems to be winning the battle. But fear not, God has already overcome all that taints this world. As His children, you are protected from the eternal ramifications of it all.

Alternate translations

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (NIV)

“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (KJV)

“You are from God, children, and you have conquered them, because he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (Aramaic Bible in plain English)

Meaning of the verse

The world is a hostile place. Even in our own country, we face the hostility of unbelievers. But we endure and overcome because we have the Holy Spirit in our hearts.

There are some people who believe the world is getting better because they see technology and the other things that bring certain benefits and comfort to our lives.

But while those improvements happen on one side, on the other side the amount of evil is growing as well. We see more stories of evil deeds that we didn’t see in the past: Mass shootings, parents killing their children, politicians pushing to legalize abortion right before the moment of birth. There can be little doubt that for every improvement in the world we might call “good,” there is equal progress in evil.

But as Christians and believers, we don’t belong to this “world.” With God in Christ in our hearts belong to His kingdom. We can take comfort in the fact that true goodness comes from God and His goodness is greater will eventually overtake the evil now present in this world.

Related verses

1 John 4:6

We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. That is how we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of deception.

1 John 5:4

because everyone born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world: our faith.

1 John 5:19

We know that we are children of God and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.

1 John 3:24

The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

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