1. Exposition

What does it mean to overcome the world?

1 John 5:5 (ESV)

5 Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

“Those who have been born of God (vs. 1) have overcome the worldly tendency to satisfy their own sinful cravings, and as a result they are free to show love to others and so fulfil God’s command.”1

The victory over the world also involves victory over every principality and power.2 It is a triumph that the world in its earthly estimation will not be able to value highly. The world would rather ask, What good is eternal redemption if it costs you temporal benefit? But to believe the gospel and be born from God is a tremendous victory.