"I have overcome the world"

"In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." These words of Christ Jesus are to be found in the sixteenth chapter of John's Gospel. How wonderful that the Master could say he had overcome the world, that he had risen superior to all its false material concepts and evil beliefs! And how considerate he was of those battling with its tribulations! "Be of good cheer," he counseled them, adding, as the great Way-shower, "I have overcome the world."

Jesus was the greatest spiritual idealist the world has ever known. And his idealism was thoroughly practical, in that it is applicable to the entire moral and spiritual life of men, as well as to their physical well-being. He upheld the Decalogue. In the Beatitudes he laid the utmost stress on the necessity for spiritual purity and spiritual attainment. He cleansed the sinner, lifting him out of the mire of iniquity. He healed all manner of disease, making the blind to see, the lame to walk, the dumb to speak. He raised the dead. The teaching and demonstrations of Jesus touched the lives of men at their every point.

Spiritual Awakeness
June 9, 1934

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