1Jn 5:5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
This verse i think is talking about believing that Jesus is the only way to be saved. It is talking about knowing who Jesus is, that is, knowing the person of Jesus.
it is not talking about earning,keeping, working towards, cleaning onself up, being holy, or getting "right with god" or any other matter regarding sanctification.
This verse is talking only about salvation, which is a seperate issue from sanctification (setting oneself apart from the world).
The previous verse:
1Jn 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
Seems rather clear to me, that overcoming the world is about having faith in Jesus.
Overcoming the world is therefore about overcoming all the lies about Jesus, and what he came to do, who he is, who God his father is.
For example some of the lies and beliefs of the world about Jesus, that those born again overcome:
Jesus is just another wayshower.---like buddah, confusus or mohammad
Jesus is just a legend/myth
Jesus is just another prophet, mohammand is the last great prophet.
Jesus was not the messiah, we await another, for jesus did not fulfill the req for being messiah.
Jesus is a fraud, lier or lunatic...take your pick
Jesus is the spirit brother of lucifer.
Jesus is an arc angel
Jesus is a space alien
Jesus is a mere man, who attained enlightenment, so you can too, reach divinity.
Jesus got someone else to die on the cross, then ran off to france with mary magdeline and started a dynesty
Jesus is not enought to save you, you have to work at it too.
Jesus was an android.
Jesus only loves certain people, but not all.
Jesus dint really do any miracles, there is no such thing, or god.
Jesus will never return, or at least anytime soon.
Jesus death on the cross was not quite enough.
Jesus dint really rise from the dead, the desciples stole his body.
Jesus claims were all made up by Catholic monks in the dark ages..thus the bible is not accurate, for many things were changed or left out.
Jesus is just another god, any of the gods will do for enlightenment, or attaining nervana.
Jesus will not accept all who come to him, some are un-redeemable.
The world does everything it can to put Jesus in a negative light (lies, lies and more lies)
The world will do anything it can to dissuade anyone from following the one true light and life--Jesus who died, rose and is coming back soon, not to just Rapture his own, but to also rule the world, from Jerusalem, for ever.
so what does condemm one to hell?
1Jn 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
1Jn 5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
not beleiving who Jesus is.
if one does beleive, one will come to him and get born again.
One is not condemmed for not knowing, one is condemmend for knowing, but not believing/refusing.
Jesus is also known as the word of God. As it was in the beginning so it is now.
For in the beginning Satan the adversary to God and his word, challenged the trueness of Gods word:
Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Gen 3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
Gen 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Gen 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Jesus is called the Word of God made flesh, that is God came down in a body, becoming like man.
Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Therefore it all comes down to belief, not self efforts to be holy, worthy, or attain a more rightness with God.
Jesus work on the cross did that, thus as it says in Hebrews.
Heb 4:5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
Heb 4:6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
Heb 4:7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Heb 4:8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.
Heb 4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
Heb 4:10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
Joh 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
Joh 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Thus the question remains, to all mankind:
Mat 16:13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
Mat 16:14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
Mat 16:15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
Mat 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Mat 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
The Gates of Hell (judegements/rulings/lies of) shall not prevail against The person and truth of who Jesus really is.
and the promise of everlasting life to those who overcome:
Rev 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
Rev 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
Rev 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
God said it, i believe it, that settles it.