WINNER OVER THE WORLD

Definition

1.  nikavw, (nikao), verb = to be a victor, prevail; win; conquer; overcome
         "    ,    "      , participle = winner
     nivkh, (nike), noun  = victory
2.  kovsmo", (kosmos) = world - the Cosmic System
3.  The winner over the world is one who wins the victory over the Cosmic System by the Grace of God.

Overview

1.  Jesus Christ was a winner over the world and so is the believer (1 Jn 5:4).
2.  The loser, in contrast to the winner, is one who is overcome by the Cosmic System (Rom 12:21; Heb 10:38-39).
3.  The winner is on God's side in Spiritual Warfare (Operation Footstool) in contrast to Satan's (Heb 1:13; 12:2).
4.  Elect Angels support the winner, while demons support the loser (Heb 1:14; Jn 8:44; 1 Jn 3:10).
5.  Winning in the world is not the same as winning over the world.  The winner in the world is still under Satan; whereas, the winner over the world is under God and separate from Satan.  Thus, there is distinction between rewards from God and from the world (Matt 6:1-6).

Jesus Christ, the Winner

1.  Jesus won the victory on the Cross over Satan and his Cosmic System (Eph 4:8; Col 2:15; 1 Jn 3:8).
2.  In order to win, Jesus Christ had to be the perfect Mediator between God and man (1 Tim 2:5).
     a.  To be a Mediator Jesus Christ had to have the same Divine essence as God and the same human nature as man (Gal 3:20).
     b.  To be a Mediator Jesus Christ had to be perfect, without sin, and separate from the world (2 Cor 5:20; Heb 4:15; 7:26; 1 Pet 2:22; 1 John 3:5).
3.  Jesus Christ overcomes the world (Rom 3:4; Rev 5:5; 17:14).
4.  The world hates Jesus Christ and the believer (Jn 15:18-25; 17:14; 1 Jn 3:12-13).
5.  Satan rules the world (Jn 12:31; 1 Jn 5:19).

The Winner Believer

1.  The winner believer overcomes the world (Jn 16:33; Rom 8:37; 2 Cor 2:14; 4:7ff; 1 Jn 4:4; 5:4; Rev 2:7, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21; 12:11; 21:7).
2.  The winner believer must be sanctified from the world in order to win the victory over it.  Sanctification requires:
     a.  Rebound (1 Jn 1:9)
     b.  Separation from the world (Isa 31:1; Jer 17:5; 2 Cor 6:17; 1 Jn 2:15)
     c.  Knowledge of Bible Doctrine (Jn 17:17; Rom 12:2; Eph 5:26).
3.  The winner must receive the victory in Grace (2 Cor 12:9).
     a.  The winner cannot promote himself (Matt 23:12; Lk 14:11; 18:14).
     b.  The battle is the Lord's, and the victory belongs to Him (1 Sam 17:47; 2 Chron 20:15).
     c.  Popularity, human strength, and worldly success are not the criteria for determining a winner (Hos 1:7; Zech 4:6; 2 Cor 12:9; 1 Cor 2:5; Phil 4:13).
4.  Fellowship with God is the power against the counterattack from the Cosmic System (Jas 4:7).
     a.  Father (2 Cor 12:9-10; Eph 6:13).
     b.  "Power of Christ" (1 Cor 1:24; 5:4; 2 Cor 12:9; Phil 3:10; Heb 12:2).
     c.  Filling of the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:1-16; Gal 5:16; 1 Jn 4:4).
5.  The ultimate test of the winner is to face the test of going to the Cross (Rom 8:36-37; 1 Cor 15:57; Gal 2:20; Eph 5:25).
6.  The winner is promoted through stages of Spiritual growth (1 Jn 2:13-14) to Spiritual Maturity (Eph 4:13; Heb 6:1) and Spiritual Rapport (Rom 15:29; Eph 4:13).
7.  Satan can be defeated by the winner believer (1 Jn 2:13-14; 5:18).

Rewards for the Winner Believer

1.  Rewards for the winner believer include blessing for Time (Deut 11:26-27; Psa 1:1-3; Rom 9:23; Eph 1:18; 3:8, 16) and Eternity (Rom 8:16-17; Eph 2:7; Col 3:24; 1 Pet 1:4).  The loser will receive cursing (Deut 11:28; Phil 3:18-19; 2 Pet 2:12-22).
2.  There will be great difference in status in Heaven between loser and winner believers (Matt 5:19).
     a.  Losers will be very Happy (Rev 21:4), but will lose their rewards (Matt 6:1-6, 16-18; 10:42).
     b.  Winners will receive great rewards and distinction, which glorifies God (Lk 6:23, 35; 1 Cor 3:8-15; Heb 10:35; 1 Pet 1:8; 2 Jn 8).
     c.  Losers will be ashamed at the Evaluation Throne of Christ (1 Jn 2:28), but winners will not (2 Tim 2:15; Phil 1:20).
3.  Rewards in Time in human bodies:
     a.  Royal Family of God (1 Pet 2:9; Rev 1:6)
     b.  Priesthood of believer (1 Pet 2:5, 9; Rev 1:6)
     c.  Escrow blessings (Rom 9:23; Eph 1:7; 4:7)
     b.  Spiritual gifts (1 Cor 12:8-11, 28-31; Rom 12:6-8; Eph 4:11-12)
     e.  Fruit (production) of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23)
     f.  Promotion (Jas 4:10; 1 Pet 5:6, 10)
     g.  Capacity for Life (Eph 3:16; Jas 1:2-4), Love (Col 3:14; 1 Jn 4:17-18), Happiness (Jn 15:11; 16:24; 1 Jn 1:4; 2 Jn 12)
     h.  Inheritance (Eph 1:11, 14, 18; Col 1:12)
     i.  Historical impact, invisible hero (Deut 28:1-14; Lev 26:3-13; Matt 6:4, 6, 18), open door (Acts 14:27; 1 Cor 16:9; 2 Cor 2:12; Rev 3:8); salt of the land (Matt 5:13, Lk 14:34-35); Light of the world (Matt 5:14-16)
4.  Rewards in Resurrection Bodies in the Millennium and Eternal State:
     a.  Crowns of Life (Jas 1:12; Rev 2:10; 3:11), Righteousness (2 Tim 4:8), Glory (Phil 4:1; 1 Thess 2:19; 1 Pet 5:4).
     b.  Ruling and reigning with Christ in Millennium (Rom. 5:17; 2 Tim. 2:12; Rev. 2:26-27; 3:21; 5:10; 20:4, 6).
     c.  Eating from the Tree of Life (Rev 2:7)
     d.  Deliverance from the Second Death (Rev 2:11)
     e.  Hidden manna (secret Bible Doctrine) (Rev 2:17)
     f.  White pebble (vote of confidence) (Rev 2:17)
     g.  New Title of Royalty in the Royal Family (Rev 2:17; 3:12)
     h.  Order of Morning Star, the highest reward for chivalry (Rev 2:28)
     i.  Shining white Uniform of Glory for winners (Matt 17:2; Luk 9:29; 1 Pet 1:8; Rev 3:5) and white garments for other believers in Heaven (Rev 7:9)
     j.  Name not erased from Book of Life (Rev 3:5)
     k.  Presentation at Court of God the Father (Rev 3:5)
     l.  Pillar in the Heavenly Jerusalem (Temple) testimony of maximum historical impact with a permanent historical record in the heavenly Hall of Records (Rev 3:12)
     m.  Tribulational martyrs serve before the Throne of God in the Temple in Heaven during the Tribulation (Rev 7:13-15; 12:11)
     n.  Tribulational martyrs and heroes dressed in Whites (Rev 7:14-15)
     o.  Drinking from the spring of the Water of Life (Rev 21:6-7).

Author:  Larry Wood,   Released December 18, 2011

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