You Can be an Overcomer
proved that it is possible for man to lay hold by faith on the power of God. He showed that the sinner, by repentance and the exercise of faith in the righteous- ness of Christ, can be reconciled to God, and become a partaker of the divine nature, overcoming the cor- ruption that is in the world through lust.
“Today Satan presents the same temptations that he presented to Christ, offering us the kingdoms of the world in return for our allegiance. But upon him who looks to Jesus as the author and finisher of his faith, Satan’s temptations have no power. He can- not cause to sin the one who will accept by faith the virtues of Him who was tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin.
“ ‘God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’ He who repents of his sin and accepts the gift of the life of the Son of God, cannot be overcome. Laying hold by faith of the divine nature, he becomes a child of God. He prays, he believes. When tempted and tried, he claims the power that Christ died to give, and overcomes through His grace. This every sinner needs to understand. He must repent of his sin, he must believe in the power of Christ, and accept that power to save and to keep him from sin. How thankful ought we to be for the gift of Christ’s example!”—1 Selected Messages, 223- 224.
“He became the author of eternal salvation unto
all them that obey Him.”
“If thou shalt indeed obey his [the angel’s] voice,
and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary to thine
a d v e r s a r i e s .
— E x o d u s
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