Every God-begotten person conquers the world’s ways. The conquering power that brings the world to its knees is our faith.
The person who wins out over the world’s ways is simply the one who believes Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus—the Divine Christ! He experienced a life-giving birth and a death-killing death. Not only birth from the womb, but baptismal birth of his ministry and sacrificial death. And all the while the Spirit is confirming the truth, the reality of God’s presence at Jesus’ baptism and crucifixion, bringing those occasions alive for us. A triple testimony: the Spirit, the Baptism, the Crucifixion. And the three in perfect agreement. This is the testimony in essence:
God gave us eternal life; the life is in his Son. So, whoever has the Son, has life; whoever rejects the Son, rejects life. My purpose in writing is simply this: that you who believe in God’s Son will know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you have eternal life, the reality and not the illusion.
And how bold and free we then become in his presence, freely asking according to his will, sure that he’s listening.
And if we’re confident that he’s listening, we know that what we’ve asked for is as good as ours.
1 John 5:4-8, 11-15 MSG