Christians, how would you explain Jesus saying (see details):?

Jesus said....

'In the world you shall have persecution, but be of good cheer,

for I have overcome the world'.

How would you explain this meaning?

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so different, yet, cohesive quite often.

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17 Answers

  • yesmar
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
    Best Answer

    If I'm not mistaken, those were explicit instructions to his disciples who would later become apostles in the church. He was getting them ready for the hard times and gruesome deaths they would encounter, for the sake of the Kingdom, but to not despair, for the evil that now has the planet and universe in its grip, is not forever, for he has already qualified to subdue it when the time is right.

  • 8 years ago

    The world in the sense Jesus means here is the sinful ways of the world. Because of the willfulness of mankind, as seen in Adam and Eve, and the way we all struggle to do God's will all the time, we are sinners in God's eyes. Through the sacrifice which Jesus made as a sinless man and son of God he has overcome the power of sin which we are told is death.

    Those who want to serve the LORD God now can have their sins blotted out and be given a wonderful new start through repentance and baptism. This doesn't mean that we never do anything wrong after that for we are still human but it puts us in a different relationship with our Heavenly Father. We are told that there is joy in heaven over a sinner who repents for it means that we want to go God's way. Jesus ascended up into heaven after his ordeal and the forty days he spent teaching his apostles about the coming kingdom. Here Jesus can present our prayers to his Father for he understands our weaknesses.

  • 8 years ago

    In John 16:33 Jesus said, in effect, that becoming a believer doesn’t mean your troubles are over. Troubles are characteristic of this world and as long as you’re in it you’ll have them. But He has overcome this world and through faith in Him you will over come it too.

    He was referring to the fact that because of our faith we can have peace even in times of trouble (Phil 4:4-7). First because we know he’s working everything in our lives together for our good (Romans 8:28) and second because one day this will all be over and we’ll live in a state of eternal peace and happiness with Him. Therefore we should focus on that world not this one (2 Cor. 4:16-18). When you read the passage in context you can see that John 16:33 is meant for the entire Church Age and addresses individuals and our individual lives.

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  • 8 years ago

    We aren't really sure what Jesus said...that line or any other. All we have is oral tradition, not even written down until many decades after he was long dead.

    No one was there copying down his words.

    And he wrote nothing that appears in the Bible. (One Gospel that made it into the Bible only says he "scratched in the sand.")

    There have been alleged writings by Jesus, but they were written by educated Greek speaking Christians, decades after he had died. Jesus likely could read Hebrew, and the Torah, but even more likely had the whole thing memorized, as did most Jewish men. He might have been able to write some of it... but compose in Greek? not likely.

    Any historian will confess to you that the literacy rate in the ancient world wasn't ever too much more than 10%, and for sure didn't include poor day laborers as was Jesus. Further, he'd have had no time to learn to read and write Greek.

    Add to that, that reading any language is a lesser skill than writing it. I can read French and Spanish without too much difficulty. Writing any elegant sentence? No.

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  • 8 years ago

    The world is everyone who is not part of the elect. It is those whose names are not in the Lamb's Book of Life. They persecute them because the Word of God that they believe in, causes them to stumble. They find it hard to follow the Word as the elect do so they wind up persecuting them as they pharasees did the Lord Jesus Christ when they couldn't live a life like His and be confirmed by God as He was.

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  • 8 years ago

    That verse is actually; Joh 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 the world.

    You did not use the entire verse for your reference. That is how the Word gets so misunderstood, by people using only their selected portions of the verse or verses.

    In order to understand the verse you need to read the verses that preceded the one in question.

    Notice that the Son of God spoke to the disciples prior to this verse and explained how they where to have peace.

    Read and study the verses prior to get your answer. However here is a partial clue towards your answer; Joh 16:30 Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.

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  • 8 years ago

    I read KJV, so, am just making sure- are you referring to John16:33?

    I would say, through this Scripture, that Jesus is telling us that no matter what happens, there is HOPE. And to find strength in Him, because He would not have humbled Himself and come here to love among us, teach us, suffer and die for us, and ressurect, for nothing. That there is a greater plan and purpose.

    Just reading one Scripture can be taken out of context and misinterpreted. So, knowledge of the Word, and having the Spirit of God, really assist in one knowing what God is telling us in His Word.

    I feel that Rom 8:28 goes great with that verse.

    It says "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

    No matter what we go through, we have to trust in Jesus. Accept the things we dont understand, and have faith that He knows yesterday, today and tomorrow...and He has a greater purpose and destiny for us than what we experience in this earthly realm.

  • Jesse
    Lv 4
    8 years ago

    We will be persecuted because majority of the world does not want to obey God. Jesus Christ is with us. We can overcome our battles with Him. Jesus Christ saves.

  • c.a.b.
    Lv 5
    8 years ago

    The fact that Jesus stayed faithful to the death was a major defeat for Satan and a great triumph for Jehovah God. Representing Jesus in this way vividly portrays his conquest of Satan’s world and is a reminder of the deep love that Jehovah and Jesus have for mankind. (John 3:16; 15:13; compare Colossians 2:15.)

    The first book of the Bible tells of an opposer of God who showed up in the garden of Eden. He is described as “the serpent,” but he was not a mere animal. The last book of the Bible identifies him as “the one called Devil and Satan, who is misleading the entire inhabited earth.” He is also called “the original serpent.” (Genesis 3:1; Revelation 12:9) This powerful angel, or invisible spirit creature, used a serpent to speak to Eve, even as a skilled person can make it seem that his voice is coming from a nearby doll or dummy. That spirit person had no doubt been present when God prepared the earth for humans.—Job 38:4, 7.

    5 Since all of Jehovah’s creations are perfect, however, who made this “Devil,” this “Satan”? Put simply, one of the powerful spirit sons of God turned himself into the Devil. How was this possible? Well, today a person who was once decent and honest may become a thief. How does that happen? The person may allow a wrong desire to develop in his heart. If he keeps thinking about it, that wrong desire may become very strong. Then if the opportunity presents itself, he may act upon the bad desire that he has been thinking about.—James 1:13-15.

    6 This happened in the case of Satan the Devil. He apparently heard God tell Adam and Eve to have children and to fill the earth with their offspring. (Genesis 1:27, 28) ‘Why, all these humans could worship me rather than God!’ Satan evidently thought. So a wrong desire built up in his heart. Eventually, he took action to deceive Eve by telling her lies about God. (Genesis 3:1-5) He thus became a “Devil,” which means “Slanderer.” At the same time, he became “Satan,” which means “Opposer.”

    7 By using lies and trickery, Satan the Devil caused Adam and Eve to disobey God. (Genesis 2:17; 3:6) As a result, they eventually died, as God had said they would if they disobeyed. (Genesis 3:17-19) Since Adam became imperfect when he sinned, all his offspring inherited sin from him. (Romans 5:12) The situation might be illustrated with a pan used for baking bread. If the pan has a dent in it, what happens to each loaf of bread made in the pan? Each loaf has a dent, or an imperfection, in it. Similarly, each human has inherited a “dent” of imperfection from Adam. That is why all humans grow old and die.—Romans 3:23.

    8 When Satan led Adam and Eve into sinning against God, he was really leading a rebellion. He was challenging Jehovah’s way of ruling. In effect, Satan was saying: ‘God is a bad ruler. He tells lies and holds back good things from his subjects. Humans do not need to have God ruling over them. They can decide for themselves what is good and what is bad. And they will be better off under my rulership.’ How would God handle such an insulting challenge? Some think that God should simply have put the rebels to death. But would that have answered Satan’s challenge? Would it have proved that God’s way of ruling is right?

    9 Jehovah’s perfect sense of justice would not allow him to put the rebels to death right away. He decided that time was needed to answer Satan’s challenge in a satisfying way and to prove that the Devil is a liar. So God determined that he would permit humans to rule themselves for some time under Satan’s influence. Why Jehovah did that and why he has allowed so much time to pass before settling these issues will be discussed in Chapter 11 of this book. Now, though, it is good to think about this: Were Adam and Eve right to believe Satan, who had never done anything good for them? Was it right for them to believe that Jehovah, who had given them everything they had, is a cruel liar? What would you have done?

    10 It is good to think about these questions because each of us faces similar issues today. Yes, you have the opportunity to support Jehovah’s side in answer to Satan’s challenge. You can accept Jehovah as your Ruler and help to show that Satan is a liar. (Psalm 73:28; Proverbs 27:11) Sadly, only a few among the billions of people in this world make such a choice. This raises an important question, Does the Bible really teach that Satan rules this world?

  • 8 years ago

    "Blessed R116 are those who have been persecuted R117 for the sake of righteousness, for theirs R118 is the kingdom of heaven.

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