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Saturday, April 20 2013
What Does Overcome Mean?
"Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance"
In the Holy Bible, "overcome" means to repent of the ways of the carnal-minded world and live according to the right way of God. The ministry of John the Baptist was a call to repentance, in order to be able to truly "walk" with the coming Messiah (see Friends Of Jesus). Their "confessing their sins" wasn't a matter of seeking forgiveness by confessing to some other sinner, but rather actively repenting before God so that Christ's Sacrifice would be applied to them (listen to our Sermon What Was Nailed To The Cross?).
"3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
According to the Word of God, without repentance, there is no salvation.
"20:11 And I saw a great white throne [see What Will Heaven Be Like?], and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works [see Works Means Obedience]. 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:11-15 KJV)
"He spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous"
We must first strive to overcome sinful behavior by repentance - an active and deliberate effort to obey the LORD, according to His Word, not our own. That is what makes a true Christian (see the Fact Finder question below). But true repentance ironically produces something else that must be overcome - the ever-present trap of self-righteousness that is found in unrepentant people.
The apostle Paul was a repentant Pharisee who became one of the greatest servants of Christ. But Paul recognized that he was still a sinner - a repentant sinner living in a world that paradoxically makes it easier to sin when one is trying the hardest not to sin (see Concupiscence).
"7:8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. 7:9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. 7:10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. 7:11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. 7:12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
Paul was a truly righteous man who knew that he was far from perfect, not a self-righteous man who claimed to be perfect. A prime example of the principle was that of a self-righteous (and therefore unrepentant) Pharisee, and an honestly-repentant, but imperfect (as all people are) publican.
"18:9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
True Christianity is as much about first, truly repenting, as it is ever thereafter not sinning by self-righteousness.
"4:1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Fact Finder: How is overcoming related to prayer?
This Day In History, April 20
295: The 8th recorded passage of Halley's Comet.
1139: The Second Lateran Council opened in Rome (see also The Struggle For The Papacy).
1453: The last major naval battle in Byzantine history occurred; three Genoese galleys escorting a Byzantine transport versus the Ottoman blockade fleet.
1505: Jews were expelled from Orange Burgandy by Philibert of Luxembourg.
1534: French explorer Jacques Cartier set sail from St. Malo to explore the eastern coastline of Canada (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1653: In England, Oliver Cromwell expelled the "Long Parliament" for trying to pass the Perpetuation Bill, which would have kept Parliament in the hands of a few members only.
1657: The English navy, under Admiral Robert Blake, destroyed the Spanish fleet in Santa Cruz harbor, Tenerife.
1689: The siege of Londonderry began when supporters of James II attacked the city. The population nearly starved to death before the siege was lifted on July 30.
1769: Pontiac, Chief of the Ottawa Indians, was murdered by an Illinois Indian. In 1763 he had led an uprising against the British garrisons in North America.
1770: English explorer James Cook discovered what is today the coast of New South Wales, Australia.
1792: France declared war on Austria, Prussia and Sardinia in the War of the First Coalition.
1809: Napoleon fought the Austrians at the Battle of Abensberg in Bavaria.
1862: Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard complete the first "pasteurization" (named after Pasteur) experiments.
1902: Pierre and Marie Curie isolated the radioactive element radium.
1910: Halley's Comet 29th recorded perihelion at 87.9 million kilometers.
1918: Manfred von Richthofen (the famous "Red Baron") shot down his 79th and 80th opponents - his final victories before being shot down and killed by a Canadian fighter pilot, Captain Roy Brown, the next day.
1940: The first electron microscope was demonstrated.
1945: Near the end of the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), Soviet troops began their attack on Berlin.
1947: King Christian X of Denmark died.
1957: Comet Arend-Roland made its closest approach to earth. It was discovered the previous November by Belgians S. Arend and P. Roland. It was remarkable for its anomalous second tail which appeared as a sharp spike aimed at the sun.
1973: The Canadian Anik A2 became the first commercial satellite in earth orbit.
1978: Korean Airlines flight 007 was shot down by Soviet fighter jets after the airliner strayed over Russian airspace.
1989: The last Canadian $1.00 bill was printed. It was replaced by a $1.00 coin that became known as the "loonie" (as did the Canadian dollar itself) because of the engraving of a swimming loon (a fish-eating diving bird of the northern hemisphere) on one side of the gold-coloured coin.
1999: The Columbine High School massacre in Colorado: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold shot and killed 13 people and wounded 24 others before committing suicide.
2010: The Deepwater Horizon oil well exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, beginning an oil spill that would last six months.