“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 15:57 KJV
There is only one thing that we can be sure of, and it is that God is always victorious. Nothing is too difficult for our Awesome God. And what’s more, with His help, we can be victorious too. He can lead us through to victory over any problem, sickness, issue, or struggle in our lives.
While this may be easy to accept on the surface, it can be much more difficult to believe when we are in the midst of a really difficult situation. Perhaps we have a mountain of debt and wonder how we will ever be able to get out from under it. Or, we may be seriously ill or struggling with the illness of a loved one or friend.
Do we feel like giving up under the pressure? Don’t be downcast for God wants us to lean on His Everlasting Arms and we must let Him show us how to be victorious in every situation we encounter.
The verse we have here tells us about a victory that can be ours. It lets us know that victories are not just something that happened to people who lived long ago and are long dead. In fact, this verse teaches us that victory can be a present tense experience.
- THE LORD JESUS CHRIST GIVES US VICTORY OVER DEATH
The apostle Paul has taken this entire chapter to tell us that the Lord Jesus has given those who believe in Him absolute victory over death! By entering death and rising again, our Lord forever took away the power of death.
First, Death is one of the greatest fears known to men. We don’t talk much about it, but the thought of the eternal blink fills many hearts with fear! But, it shouldn’t! If we know the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, friend, and Lord, He has forever pulled the stinger out of death for us, 1 Corinthians 15:55-56.
Second, Death is coming for everyone of us, Hebrews 9:27, but it does not need to be feared! If we are saved, death is merely our doorway into the eternal presence of God, 2 Corinthians 5:1-8; 2 Timothy 4:6. If, however, we are lost and do not know the Lord Jesus Christ, then my friends, you have good reason to fear death! For death is not your doorway into life, but it is your doorway into eternal damnation in the fires of Hell!
Lastly, all those who have placed their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ need not fear death. He has conquered it for us. He has pulled its stinger! He has given His children victory over death! Thank God for His victory!
- THE LORD JESUS CHRIST GIVES US VICTORY OVER DECEPTION
The apostle Paul mentions the problem of sin in verse 56. It is SIN that demands our judgment, Romans 6:23. It is sin that stands between us and the Lord, Isaiah 59:2. It is sin that blinds us to the way of righteousness, holiness and life, 2 Corinthians 4:4.
It is sin that is destroying our lives! It is sin working in our bodies that propels us to live a wretched and wicked life, Ephesians 2:1-3. It is sin that will use us up, wear us out and leave us empty, damned and doomed! Sin is our enemy! It is the enemy of every human on the planet. It is from sin that we need to be delivered!
SIN is the reason the Lord Jesus came into this world, lived and died on the Cross. It is His death that delivers a sinner from his sins and gives him a new life in the Lord Jesus, Romans 6:6-18. The Lord Jesus gives victory over sin, because He paid the price for sin in His Own BLOOD. He died to set the captives free, Luke 4:18. He died to set us free!
Friends, you do not have to allow sin to wreck your life and condemn you to Hell. Call on the Name of Jesus and be saved! He will receive you, John 6:37. He will deliver you and change your life, 2 Corinthians 5:17. Remember this always, Sin will “bind you, blind you and grind you”, but there is victory and that victory is only found in the Lord Jesus!
III. THE LORD JESUS CHRIST GIVES VICTORY OVER DAMNATION
When the Word of God speaks about death as being the wages of sin, Romans 6:23a, it is not referring merely to dying and going to the graveyard. It is referring to what happens to the sinner after death. We see, every person who leaves this world without the Lord Jesus Christ goes to an awful place called Hell, Psalm 9:17.
No one wants to think about dying lost and going to Hell, but it is a reality nonetheless! But, it does not have to happen to anyone of us! Because the Lord Jesus Christ came to this world, died for sin and paid the price for us, so we can be saved from our sins and from the damnation of Hell. There is nothing standing between us and deliverance from our sins, but a simple prayer of faith! Listen to the Word of God, Romans 10:13; John 6:47; Acts 16:31!
I praise the Lord that no saved individual need ever fear the flames of Hell’s fire. They are forever shielded and protected from that awful future through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ! When this life ends, we need to be found in Christ Jesus, He is the sole place of safety and salvation, 1 John 5:12.
My friends, we are not here in this world by accident. God has brought us here so that we could hear about the victory that can only be found in the Lord Jesus Christ. Have we trusted Him by faith? Are we walking in His victory? Are we saved, sealed and sure for Heaven? If we died right now, are we sure we would miss Hell and go to Heaven? Friends, we need to be!
Maybe our life is a whole mess. We know we are not right with God. We know that if we died, we would go to Hell forever. Friends, it doesn’t have to be that way! If we will come to Jesus by faith and accept His death and resurrection, as the payment for our sins, we will be saved. The Lord Jesus will come into our hearts, He will change our life and we will have a home in Heaven when we leave this world. Isn’t that what we want? It can be ours! Victory can be ours today, if we will respond to Him. Will you do it?
Whatever our relationship with God right now, if He is calling we need to come to Him. I challenge you and encourage you to obey His voice. Just do what He is calling you to do and He will honor your response of faith! Amen.