Seeing faith as the connection between love and obedience puts the First Epistle of John into a more clear perspective. When John says, â€śEveryone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of Godâ€ť he is not saying a mere mental assent to the facts of Jesusâ€™ life assures someone of salvation. Rather, when we see saving, living faith as that which involves new desires to obey God and to love the brethren, then â€śfaithâ€ť is a complete package, a beautiful picture of a redeemed life.
This kind of faith overcomes the world. The world that is hostile to the gospel, that would desire to call us away from God, that stands in opposition to everything offered by God, cannot have victory over the child of God. No, the victory belongs to Godâ€™s people, who are given all they need to overcome the world through Christ by faith.