Jesus Has Overcome the World


by Mike Ratliff

ταῦτα λελάληκα ὑμῖν ἵνα ἐν ἐμοὶ εἰρήνην ἔχητε. ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ θλῖψιν ἔχετε· ἀλλὰ θαρσεῖτε, ἐγὼ νενίκηκα τὸν κόσμον. (John 16:33 NA27)

These things I have spoken to you that in Me you have peace. In the world you have affliction, but be cheerful, I have overcome the world. (a personal translation of John 16:33 from the NA27 Greek text)

God is Sovereign and Jesus Christ, the son of man, is the Son of God. If you have learned nothing more than that from our studies in the exegesis in the book of John then you have learned much. Our Lord came to reveal the Father and through His perfect life become the propitiation for those He came to save. Through His death, as He willingly laid His life down, He purchased a people for Himself who are all those who believe the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These are justified by grace through faith alone as a gift from God. These are given to the Son by God the Father. Those of us who remain alive in this world who are part of His Church often wonder why we were left here in this evil place. Sadly, many professing Christians are quite at home here.  Continue reading