Remember this old hymn we used to sing?  (Since we attend a contemporary service, we don’t sing many old hymns now).  This old song says, in part,

“I heard an old old story

How a Savior came from Glory.

How He gave His life on Calvary

To save a wretch like me….”

Oh victory in Jesus

My Savior forever.

He sought me and bought me

With His redeeming grace.

He loved me ‘ere I knew

And all my love is due Him

He plunged me to victory

Beneath the crimson flood.”


Two prominent themes are in this song:  victory, and love.  So, I’ll share my thoughts on victory today and then love in my next post.

1 John 4: 1-4 says

“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God.  Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.  But every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God.  This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.  You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One Who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

And in 1 John 5: 4-5

“…for everyone born of God overcomes the world.  This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.  Who is it that overcomes the world?  Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”

The old hymn and the apostle John are in agreement: our key to living on a plane above the troubles of this world is to lean on Jesus as our Savior and Son of God.  John said “this is the victory that has overcome the world” and the song says, “He sought me and bought me with His redeeming grace.”  I think there is a reason John began this discussion with instructions to “tests the spirits”; we live in a world of spirits, but not all are what they claim to be.  John gives us the ultimate and easy test to verify the Spirit of God; simply answer the question that Pilot asked in Mark 15: 12, “What shall I do, then, with the One you call the King of the Jews?”

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