Thursday, October 2, 2008

Helaman 5:12- Overcome the World

I want to think more about the commentary from Bruce R. McConkie that I mentioned yesterday. Satan had no power over Christ becasue Christ had overcome the world.
Soooo- theoretically, if I want Satan to have "no power over me"- as discussed in Helaman 5:12- learning how to overcome the world could help.
D&C 63: 47

47 He that is faithful and endureth shall overcome the world.
John 16: 33

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.
2 Pet. 2: 20

20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome.
Mosiah 5:2
And they all cried with one voice, saying: Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.
So- from the scriptures, this is what I learned about "overcomeing the world":
  1. be faithful
  2. endure
  3. find peace in Christ,
  4. becaue Christ has already overcome the world, he can help me
  5. escape the pollutions of the world, through my knowledge of Christ
  6. the words of Christ can casue a change in us that we have no more desire to do evil- but to always do good.

1921 Elder David O. McKay (1873–1970), who later became the ninth President of the Church, made a world tour of the missions of the Church. While aboard a ship nearing Apia, Samoa, he had a beautiful experience --it shows us the rewards our Heavenly Father reserves for those who come unto Christ and overcome the world. President McKay wrote:
“Towards evening, the reflection of the afterglow of a beautiful sunset was most splendid! The sky was tinged with pink, and the clouds lingering around the horizon were fringed with various hues of crimson and orange, while the heavy cloud farther to the west was sombre purple and black. These various colors cast varying shadows on the peaceful surface of the water. Those from the cloud were long and dark, those from the crimson-tinged sky, clear but rose-tinted and fading into a faint pink that merged into the clear blue of the ocean. Gradually, the shadows became deeper and heavier, and then all merged into a beautiful calm twilight that made the sea look like a great mirror upon which fell the faint light of the crescent moon!
“Pondering still upon this beautiful scene, I lay in my berth at ten o’clock that night, and thought to myself: Charming as it is, it doesn’t stir my soul with emotion as do the innocent lives of children, and the sublime characters of loved ones and friends. Their beauty, unselfishness, and heroism are after all the most glorious!
“I then fell asleep, and beheld in vision something infinitely sublime. In the distance I beheld a beautiful white city. Though far away, yet I seemed to realize that trees with luscious fruit, shrubbery with gorgeously-tinted leaves, and flowers in perfect bloom abounded everywhere. The clear sky above seemed to reflect these beautiful shades of color. I then saw a great concourse of people approaching the city. Each one wore a white flowing robe. … Instantly my attention seemed centered upon their Leader, and though I could see only the profile of his features and his body, I recognized him at once as my Savior! The tint and radiance of his countenance were glorious to behold! There was a peace about him which seemed sublime—it was divine!
“The city, I understood, was his. It was the City Eternal; and the people following him were to abide there in peace and eternal happiness.
“But who were they?
“As if the Savior read my thoughts, he answered by pointing to a semicircle that then appeared above them, and on which were written in gold the words:
‘These Are They Who Have Overcome The World— Who Have Truly Been Born Again!’
“When I awoke, it was breaking day over Apia harbor” (Cherished Experiences from the Writings of President David O. McKay, compiled by Clare Middlemiss [1955], 101–2).

I don't know if "overcoming the world" is something that we can do in this life, or if it is a process, like perfection, that we can't expect to reach until the next. (any thoughts?) But either way, working on it can help me have "the spirit to always be with me," and have "Satan have no power over me."

1 comment:

Michal said...

i think that is is both a process and a single event. when we covenant with christ to be his and to keep his commandments, we are able to overcome the world through his atonement.

the process aspect of this is the growth that we make along the way, as we incrementally give ourselves over to christ and submit our will to the father. as we do this, he can change our hearts until the world has no more pull on us, thus allowing us to overcome the world.