We Are Overcomers

1 John 4:4: “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

You are of God: This speaks of our spiritual origin. We have been born again, born of the Spirit of God (John 3:3-5). “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6). We have been born of the flesh and therefore we are flesh. However unlike the non-Christians we have also been born of the Spirit and are spirit.

You have overcome them: ”Them” is a reference to previous verses and refers to false prophets and the spirit of Antichrist. We have and continue to overcome them because we have the word of God and His word is truth. Jesus said, “If you continue in My word … you shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

Because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world: We are not only of God and have the truth and the word of God, but we have the Holy Spirit of God dwelling within us. The Holy Spirit is greater than the devil that is in the world. Yes, the devil is in the world. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). The devil works in many ways to devour people and the non-Christian is vulnerable to the devil’s ways. We on the other hand, as Christians have the greater one dwelling in us to help us overcome anything that the devil might send our way. We do however have to be mentally alert and watchful for the devil is our adversary, opposing us and trying to overcome us. But the victory is ours if we walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh.