The most important key to spiritual victory is...

The Greek word “nike” means victory, but this word is not used in the Bible. From “nike” comes the word “nikao” , which is used a number of times in the New Testament. The word “nikeo” means to be victorious, to prevail, overcome, conquer or subdue. Outside of the Apostle John's writings, this word is only used four times. John used this word 20 times (14 of which are in Revelation).

John uses “nikeo” five times in 1 John. If we look at these five usages, I believe we gain a huge understanding and appreciation for this beautiful Greek word. Before we see the places in 1 John where this word is used, we should look at the one place John uses it in his Gospel, which is John 16:33:

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome (nikeo) the world.

King James Version (KJV)

Jesus Christ has already overcome, been victorious over, prevailed over, and conquered the world. Although we have tribulation because we live in the world, we can still have peace and joy because our Lord Jesus Christ has already overcome the world. This is an important piece of information as we look into 1 John, where we will begin with 1 John 2:13, 14:

13I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome (nikeo) the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.

14I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome (nikeo) the wicked one.

King James Version (KJV)

No one knows for sure who John is referring to when he speaks of “fathers” and “young men” . We do know that when John uses the term “little children” in his epistle, he is referring to all of his readers. Fathers and young men may be referring to physical ages or to levels of spiritual maturity. Just a note: a young man in the Bible is anyone in the prime of their manhood which is roughly ages 20-40. If this is what is meant in these verses, it would imply that those in the prime of their physical life should be the ones waging battle with the adversary while the fathers (older ones) impart the wisdom of God since they have known THE FATHER (for a longer time).

The next time nikeo is used is in 1 John 4:4 and is probably the most well known and quoted verse that uses this word:

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome (nikeo) them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

King James Version (KJV)

Of course the million dollar question is; who is THEM? In the first three verses, John speaks of the false prophets who were inspired by the spirit of the antichrist which is already at work in the world. This can only be referring to the devil, for it is he who is the god of this current world. The greatness of this verse of course lies in the truth that Christ Jesus, who lives in us, is greater than the devil and all his agents who run this world. We can be victorious over the spiritual hierarchy of satan because Christ, who lives within us is greater and has already overcome the world!

The final three places the word “nikeo” is used in 1 John are in chapter 5, verses 4 and 5:

4For whatsoever is born of God overcometh (nikeo) the world: and this is the victory that overcometh (nikeo) the world, even our faith.

5Who is he that overcometh (nikeo) the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

King James Version (KJV)

Are you born of God? If so, you have spiritual victory over this world and all of its tribulations. What allows us to be victorious over the world: our faith! Who is he who is victorious over the world? Whoever believes (has faith in) that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Do you believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead? Do you have full faith that Jesus was, is and always will be the Son of God? If so, these verses assure you that no matter what is happening around you, to you or within you - you're an overcomer because Christ overcame the world and He lives within you!

These verses are not saying that we never have tribulation, persecution, sickness, financial difficulties or even die; these verse are assuring us that no matter what the circumstances may be in this life, we have spiritual victory because Christ lives in us and greater is that Christ in us than anything in the world.

The Apostle Paul uses a form of “nikeo” In Romans 8:37-39. The word Paul uses is “hupernikao” , which means to MORE THAN CONQUER:

37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors (hupernikao) through him that loved us.

38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

King James Version (KJV)

Our faith in Jesus Christ is what allows us to more than conquer whatever comes up in this life which is attempting to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Praise God for this wonderful promise of spiritual victory we have in and through our faith in Christ Jesus.

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Barbra Lambert @enje25 ·

"Jesus Christ has already overcome, been victorious over, prevailed over, and conquered the world. Although we have tribulation because we live in the world, we can still have peace and joy because our Lord Jesus Christ has already overcome the world."

As I see it...striving to understand THIS... through the help of the Holy Spirit... will be the undergirding of our ability to overcome, for it is within this truth that the victory is and can remain our's.

Thank you, Kirk, for this well-researched, well-written, and well-presented lesson.

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John Knox @watchmanjohn ·

We have victory because of Christ's death and resurrection. Thanks for the positive hope this blog contains.

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Excellent !

Great food for thought .

Be forever blessed
Mark

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K Reynolds @kreynolds ·

I love Romans 8:37-39. I often remind myself that no matter how "big" an obstacle or situation that I face is, God is bigger!

Blessings!

K :princess:

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Beth M @blest ·

Still teaching... 2.5 years beyond the grave. I miss you so much

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