Overcome by Faith

https://www.lds.org/media-library/images/category/final-events-bible-images?lang=engJesus told His disciples on the night He was betrayed:

Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33.)

These were among His last words to His apostles. What did they mean? I have a simple working definition I’d like to share, one that I will abandon upon new light.

Nothing got between Him and God. Not sin. No sinner or sinners. No crushing disappointment. Not addiction. Not another person or thing. Not betrayal. Not unbearable, excruciating pain. No threats of death. Not personal desolation. Nothing got between Them. The world, try as it may, could not hold Him.

He acted and was not acted upon, except as the Father willed (see 2 Nephi 2:13, 14, 26). “I and my Father are one,” He said (see John 10:30).

This afternoon, I read in the scriptures that those who inherit the celestial kingdom of God “overcome by faith” and will “overcome all things” (see D&C 76:53, 60). In other words, we can overcome all things through faith in Jesus Christ, who overcame the world. We can act and not be acted upon. We can be truly free.

Overcoming the world through faith in Christ is, to me, the ultimate freedom.

One thought on “Overcome by Faith

  1. rozylass July 2, 2017 / 7:15 am

    Love that definition! Over the years I’ve said to myself, and others as the occasion arises, that I won’t let anything come between me and the Savior. It is amazing to me that members let petty offenses and hurt feelings stop them from coming to church and worshiping and receiving strength from keeping covenants. How foolish and short-sighted they are. Don’t they remember that our Savior, Jesus Christ, was bullied, persecuted, hated, and eventually killed? But he NEVER “wimped out” and used the stupid excuse, “I was offended.” Neither did Joseph Smith, or Nephi. Heroes all. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I think you’ve found the key!


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