Jimmy DeYoung’s
Prophetic Prospective
Daily Devotional
October 27, 2007

I John 5:5 – Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth
that Jesus is the Son of God?

For further study – I John 5:1-21

John defines for us who an "overcomer" is in I John 5. He tells us what’s
in store for those of us who are "overcomers" as foretold in Revelation 2
and 3. I’ll get back to you on that in a moment but first to things that
we know for sure, as confirmed by this chapter of I John.

Verses 11-13 tell us, on the record, how we can have a "know so"
salvation. God, verse 11, has given us "eternal life". This is a gift from
God for all of us who recognize that this life is in His Son.

The text tells us "this life is in His Son". The positive and negative are
found in verse 12, "he that hath the Son of God hath life," and
vice-versa, "he that hath not the Son of God hath not life."

The truth is very simple. There is no need to question or worry about
salvation, eternal life. In fact, the reason John wrote this book is so
that we can "know" for sure that we have eternal life. That’s not a
feeling, a ‘hope so" or a "guess so", but a "know so" salvation.

Then John gives us confidence about our "prayer life", and that confidence
is found in the Lord, also. John tells us that if we ask anything
according to His will, we can know that the Lord hears us.

Then we are told that since He hears us, we know that we have the
petitions that we desired of Him, verses 14-15. You may say, how can we
know His will so that we can pray in His will?

The "Word of God" is the "will of God". Know the "Word of God" and you
will know the "will of God". But you may say, I can’t determine the "will
of God" from the Word on a specific matter, that’s where Romans 8:26-27
comes into the equation. When we can not determine the "will of God" the
Holy Spirit takes over and intercedes for us according to the "will of
God", Romans 8:26-27.

There is another "great nugget" for us to take away from our Bible reading
today. It’s found in I John 5:4-5. John, as I said earlier, defines who is
an "overcomer". An "overcomer" is someone who is born of God. That would
be someone who believes that Jesus is the Son of God who died for us and
rose from the dead.

We must "admit" that we are sinners, in need of salvation. We then
"believe" that the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus was that which
our Lord did to take away our sin. After admitting and believing, we then
"call" upon Him to save us, Romans 10:13.  An "overcomer" is someone who
is born again.

With that information we can see what is guaranteed to all "overcomers" as
found in the letters to the seven churches of Asia Minor, Revelation 2 and
3. Common in all of the letters to the seven churches, "he that is an
"overcomer", precedes the promise that the Lord makes to all "overcomers."