John’s Historicistic Epistles

     Third.   When Christians keep God's Commandments, they become strong Christians and overcome the World and even the Devil.   "I am writing to you, young men, because…you have overcome the wicked one….   I have written to you, young men, because: you are strong; and the Word of God keeps on abiding in you; and you have overcome the wicked one."5537 

     Notice that the victory is not only repeatedly emphasized here, but also that it is spoken of as being in the past tense.  It is not just that we shall overcome the Devil only when he is ultimately cast into the lake of fire.5538   It is rather that we have overcome him — by keeping God's Commandments on the basis of the alreadyfinished atonement of Christ.