The Victory That Overcomes The World

Today: The Victory that Overcomes the World

1 John 5:4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. (ESV)

Today we’ll look into:

Three Greek Words Translated as World

What Jesus Said About the World

How Scriptures Describe the World

How We Have Overcome the World

How Not to Allow the World to Overcome Us

Three Greek Words Translated as World

The Greek word “oikoumene” refers to “the inhabited areas of the Earth”. It is derived from the Greek verb “oikeo”, which means “to dwell”

The Greek word “aion” refers to “an age” or “a period of time”. This Greek word is used 128 times in the New Testament, and in 38 places in the KJV

It is mostly translated as “world”

This word does not refer to this planet Earth, but to one “age” or a number of “ages”

The Greek word “kosmos” - This word is used 187 times in the New Testament - In the KJV it is translated 186 times as “world”

A Closer Look at the Kosmos

"An apt and harmonious arrangement or constitution, order, government. The inhabitants of the earth, men, the human race. The ungodly multitude; the whole mass of men alienated from God, and therefore hostile to the cause of Christ. World affairs, the aggregate of things earthly. The whole circle of earthly goods, endowments, riches, advantages, pleasures, etc., which although hollow and frail and fleeting, stir desire, seduce from God and are obstacles to the cause of Christ.” - (Strong’s Concordance)

Kosmos denotes the order of the world, the ordered universe, the ordered entirety of God's creation, but considered as separated from God. The abode of humanity. That order of things in which humanity moves, or of which man is the center. - (E.W. Bullinger's A Critical Lexicon and Concordance)

“Inalienation from and opposition to God.” - (Vines Expository Dictionary)

“The order of things which is alienated from God, as manifested in and by the human race: humanity as alienated from God, and acting in opposition to Him. The sum-total of human life in the ordered universe, considered apart from, and alienated from, and hostile to God, and of the earthly things which seduce from God.” - (Vincent’s Word Studies)

Bullet point summary:

The harmonious order or system of the world

The ungodly masses of people alienated from God and hostile to the cause of Christ

The earthly things which seduce us from God, such as goods, riches, advantages, and pleasures

What Jesus Said About the World

John 8:23 He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world (kosmos); I am not of this world. (ESV)

Jesus is saying: I am not of this system

John 18:36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world (kosmos). If my kingdom were of this world (kosmos), my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world (kosmos).” (ESV)

Jesus’ mission was to die for the people trapped in the system

His servants could not fight to free Him - or we would not be free today

All who receive Jesus as Lord are delivered OUT of the SYSYEM

John 17:14 I have given them your word, and the world (kosmos) has hated them because they are not of the world, (kosmos) just as I am not of the world (kosmos).

The system doesn’t like losing people - The system wants to keep everyone in it

The system wants everyone to think and act like the ruler of the system


John 17:15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world (kosmos), but that you keep them from the evil one. (ESV)

Jesus prayed to the Father that we would be kept from the evil one

No evil - no weapon - no deadly thing - will harm us

We need to stay here until He takes us - because we are continue His mission - by preaching HIs message

How Scriptures Describe the World

Gal. 4:3 And that’s the way it was with us before Christ came. We were like children; we were slaves to the basic spiritual principles of this world. (kosmos) (NLT)

Anyone who hasn’t been delivered from this system - can be like a child with their reasoning - way of thinking - that is why I don’t buy into what the world (kosmos) thinks is important

Eph. 2:2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, (kosmos) following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—(ESV)

John 14:30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world (kosmos) is coming. He has no claim on me,

The Earth belongs to the Lord, the Kosmos belongs to the devil - He’s the god of this world