Faith that overcomes – 1 John 5:4-5
The truest kind of faith thrives in situations where it looks like it is losing. The Christian martyrs of old, and for that matter, of the present day, die passively. They may anger and irritate their attackers, but they clearly do not intimidate them. They look like victims. One might imagine they were defeated souls who were finally giving up, and in a way that is true. There is a sense in which faith is a form of surrender, not to the bully, but to Christ. It is evidenced by taking up our cross and following him.
The Apostle John wrote the following after all of his fellow apostles had already met untimely deaths at the hands of their persecutors.
4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the…
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