Jesus 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.
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.