Overcame the World
things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye
shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
When the last steps of Christ's
humiliation were to be taken, when the deepest sorrow was closing about His
soul, He said to His disciples, "The prince of this world cometh, and hath
nothing in Me." "The prince of this world is judged." Now shall
he be cast out. With prophetic eye Christ traced the scenes to take place in
His last great conflict. He knew that when He should exclaim, "It is
finished," all heaven would triumph. His ear caught the distant music and
the shouts of victory in the heavenly courts. He knew that the knell of Satan's
empire would then be sounded, and the name of Christ would be heralded from
world to world throughout the universe.
Christ rejoiced that He could do more for
His followers than they could ask or think. He spoke with assurance, knowing
that an almighty decree had been given before the world was made. He knew that
truth, armed with the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit, would conquer in the
contest with evil; and that the bloodstained banner would wave triumphantly
over His followers. He knew that the life of His trusting disciples would be
like His, a series of uninterrupted victories, not seen to be such here, but
recognized as such in the great hereafter. . . .
"In the world ye shall have
tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." Christ did
not fail, neither was He discouraged, and His followers are to manifest a faith
of the same enduring nature. . . . Though apparent impossibilities obstruct
their way, by His grace they are to go forward. . . . They are to have power to
resist evil, power that neither earth, nor death, nor hell can master, power
that will enable them to overcome as Christ overcame.
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Satan trembles and flees before the
weakest soul who finds refuge in that mighty name.
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