Victory In Jesus

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“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.” 2 Corinthians 2:14(NASB)

I have a bit of a competitive nature when it comes to games—I like to win. But then who doesn’t? Actually, I like to play and have fun, winning just makes it more fun. I don’t think I’ve met a person who wants to lose. Knowing this, I don’t understand why more people don’t choose to follow God—

“Who always lead us in His triumph in Christ …”

Life is no game but a battle and the stakes are high. Apart from Christ we lose. In Christ we win. That is the,

“simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”

(2 Corinthians 11:3)

God’s Promises to those who are In Christ:

“God … always leads us in His triumph in Christ.”

Even when the battle of life appears to bring defeat, we can stand strong in God’s word, knowing He will bring us to victory.

“Just as it is written,

‘FOR THY SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG’ WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED.’

But in all these things

we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,

nor angels, nor principalities,

nor things present, nor things to come,

nor powers, nor height, nor depth,

nor any other created things,

shall be able to separate us from the love of God,

which is in Christ Jesus our Lord…

 For whatever is born of God

overcomes the world;

and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

And who is the one who overcomes the world,

but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”

(Romans 8:36-39;1 John 5:4-5, NASB)

Our Praise to God:

“O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.

For the LORD most high is terrible;

he is a great King over all the earth.

He shall subdue the people under us

and the nations under our feet …

Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises unto our King, sing praises.

For God the King of all the earth:

sing ye praises with understanding.”

(Psalm 47: 1-3,6-7, KJV)

“And the seventh angel sounded; and there arose loud voices in heaven, saying,

‘The kingdom of the world

has become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ;

and He will reign forever and ever …

We give Thee thanks,

O Lord God, the Almighty, who art and who wast,

because Thou hast taken Thy great power

and hast begun to reign.’”

(Revelation 11:15,17, NASB)

Right now, we look with eyes of faith to the fullness of Christ’s triumph. We have read the end of the book—He wins! And so do we who are His—Hallelujah! Until then—

We offer our sacrifice of thanksgiving, Our Prayer:

To Him who—“manifests through us the sweet aroma

of the knowledge of Him in every place.”

Heavenly Father, for all your wonderous works, we offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving, living out the sweet aroma—an acceptable sacrifice—of Christ in us through the giving of ourselves to you.

“I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,

to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice,

acceptable to God,

which is your spiritual service of worship.”

Romans 12:1, NASB

May we, “Through Him then …

continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God,

that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.”

Hebrews 13:15, NASB

That wherever we go we will cause,

“They name to be remembered in all generations;

Therefore the peoples will give Thee thanks forever and ever.”

Psalm 45:17(NASB)

For Thought: Christ has won the war of life and death. Don’t be found fighting a lost cause. Stand in the victory He has already won. Where will you stand when the victory is fully realized?

A Corner, Nail, Bow & Ruler

The men ran their line, measuring and remeasuring, to insure the corners remained square as they prepared for raising a cabin at our youth camp. They knew from experience if the corners were not square the building materials would not fit together easily. The nails would even be put under undue pressure. For the building to remain strong it needed to be done right. The Lord gave us good leaders to direct the work. It’s been a time of encouragement preparing for the time our camps will be open again.

Zechariah, a contemporary of Haggai, prophesied to the remnant in Jerusalem. He encouraged them to complete the temple for their coming Messiah.

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.” Zechariah 9:9

The gospel of Matthew, in chapter 21, verses 2-5, related the event.

“then sent Jesus two disciples, saying unto them, Go into the village…ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me…All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, TELL YE THE DAUGHTER OF SION, BEHOLD, THY KING COMETH UNTO THEE, MEEK, AND SITTING UPON AN ASS, AND A COLT THE FOAL OF AN ASS.”

Zechariah’s words of encouragement gave them hope for the future as he described the One to come. The tribe of Judah held the promise of the coming King.

“Out of him came forth the corner,

out of him the nail,

out of him the battle bow,

out of him every oppressor together.”

Zechariah 10:4.

Jesus, the Stone which is the corner:

“For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.” Zechariah 3:9

“THIS IS THE STONE,

WHICH WAS SET AT NOUGHT OF YOU BUILDERS,

WHICH IS BECOME THE HEAD OF THE CORNER.”

Acts 4:11

“And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not:

behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda,

the Root of David,

hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals…

And I beheld…

a Lamb as it had been slain,

having seven horns and seven eyes,

which are the seven Spirits of God

sent forth into all the earth.”

Revelation 5:5-6. *

Jesus is the nail that brings and holds all things together.

“For by him were all things created,

that are in heaven, and that are in earth,

visible and invisible,

whether they  be thrones, or dominions,

or principalities, or powers:

all things were created by him,

and for him:

And he is before all things,

and by him all things consist.”

Colossians 1:16,17*

Jesus is the battle bow. He alone has the strength to defeat every enemy. He wants us to know…

“what is the exceeding greatness of his power

to us-ward who believe,

according to the working of his mighty power,

Which he wrought in Christ,

when he raised him from the dead,

and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

Far above all principality, and power, and might,

and dominion, and every name that is named,

not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

And hath put all things under his feet

and gave him to be the head

over all things to the church, which is his body,

the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”

Ephesians 1:19-23.

Jesus is our strength, our armor against all enemies.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,

but against principalities, against powers,

against the rulers of the darkness of this world,

against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God,

that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day,

and having done all, to stand.”

Ephesians 6:12,13.

Death remains the final enemy. It will know defeat.

“Then cometh the end,

when he shall have delivered up the kingdom

to God, even the Father;

when he shall have put down

all rule and all authority and power.

For he must reign,

till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.”

1 Corinthians 15:24-26.

“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.

This is the second death.”

Revelation 20:14

Jesus is ruler over all. For He is the One who,

“hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written,

KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

Revelation 19:16. *

Hopefully, the building and maintenance done at our camp will last for this next generation to enjoy and serve the Lord in, should He not come sooner. It’s been encouraging to see the work progress in hopes of a full camp next summer.

Many today, look for the Lord’s imminent return. It could be. But until then take courage if your life is founded on the Chief Cornerstone with a hope that is nailed in the sure gospel of Christ. Keep walking daily in the strength of the Lord, so as to know victory. Know Jesus is your King, your Lord and follow Him. He is our corner, our nail, our bow, our ruler.


 

*For more on the Cornerstone visit my blog, “A Precious Stone,” from August 24; on the nail visit my blog, “Only One Nail Will Do” March 25;For more on our King, visit my blog, “The Servant King” from August 14.

Victory or Vanity

blog trumpets“Behold, I shew you a mystery;

We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump:for the trumpet shall sound,

And the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

So when this corruptible shall have put on incooruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, 

Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, 

Death is swallowed up in victory.

O death, where is thy sting? O grave where is thy victory?

The sting of death is sin: and the strength of sin is the law.

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye 

stedfast,

unmoveable,

always abounding the work of the Lord,

For as much as ye know that

your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

1Corinthians 15:51-58

Never give up. Never surrender. Our greatest enemy is defeated.  Our work is not in vain.

“Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God,

that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”

John 6:29

 

 

Conquering Canaan

In retracing our steps, the Lord conceived a people,  delivered them from bondage, showed them the way to Himself, judged their unbelief with forty years of wanderings until death overtook them, and introduces a new generation to the promised land. From here, the Lord directs Joshua in conquering Canaan and receiving the abundant life he and Caleb glimpsed forty years earlier.

The conquest demanded:

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A CROSS OF COMMITMENT

to Obedience

To Joshua Before the Battle

“Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth: but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage, be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Josh. 1:7-9.

To Us Before the Battle

“Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; and being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him…Heb. 5:8,9; Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me…Matt. 16:24; Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution…2Tim. 3:12; Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city…” Rev. 22:14; For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous…1John 5:3; Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Matt. 22:37-39.

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To Joshua and the Children, a Promise of Conquest

“Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses…There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a good courage…Josh. 1:3,5,6a; And Joshua said unto them, Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the LORD do to all your enemies against whom ye fight…10:25;  And ye have seen all that the LORD your God hath done unto all these nations because of you; for the LORD your God is he that hath fought for you…And the LORD your God, he shall expel them from before you, and ye drive them from out of your sight; and ye shall possess their land, as the LORD your God hath promised unto you. Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefore to the right hand or to the left.” 23:3,5,6

To Us the Promise of Conquest

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ…Phil. 1:6; I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me…Gal. 2:20; Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand…Eph. 6:10-13; Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matt. 28:19,20.

A CROWN OF VICTORY

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To Joshua and the Children

“But cleave unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this day. For the LORD hath driven out from before you great nations and strong: but as for you, no man hath been able to stand before you unto this day. One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you. Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God…Josh. 23:8-11; Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.” 24:14.

To Us

”Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place…2Cor. 2:14; Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entagleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully… 2Tim. 2:3-5; Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him…James 1:12; Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.” Rev. 3:11.

 

The Eternal Chorus

“And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, GREAT AND MARVELLOUS ARE THY WORKS, LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, JUST AND TRUE ARE THY WAYS, THOU KING OF SAINTS. WHO SHALL NOT FEAR THEE, O LORD, AND GLORIFY THY NAME? FOR THOU ONLY ART HOLY: FOR ALL NATIONS SHALL COME AND WORSHIP BEFORE THEE; for thy judgments are made manifest.” Rev. 15:3,4.IMG_4275

Those singing the Lamb’s song sing of the victory His good over Satan’s evil. The Lamb’s blood rendered powerless the power of sin and its orchestrator, Satan.  The final chorus assures us of one more victory and the celebration party to follow.

“…Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty…The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death…So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ…1Cor. 15:26,54-57.

Here lies death:

“And I saw the dead, small and great stand before God…And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (From Rev. 20:11-15).

“He that hath an ear,  let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches: He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.” Rev. 2:11.

Let the celebration begin!

“…all nations shall come and worship before Thee…Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.  And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising… and the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee…Therefore thy gates shall be open continually…that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought. For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted…( Isa. 60:1-3; 10-12.).

Looking at current events this appears an impossibility. But Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God revealed to John something different for Israel’s future.

“And…one of the seven angels …talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife…And the city had no need of the sun, neither the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it; and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.” Rev. 21:9, 23-26.

A favorite song in our little country church provides a shadow of things to come: “What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see. When I look upon His face, the one who saved my by His grace.”

Sin is defeated. Death is cast into the lake of fire along with Satan. By the blood of the Lamb we are released from the power of each one and one day from the very presence of each. These truths provide peace, joy and strength for today and a sure hope for the future of every believer.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ… Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear Him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.”( Eph. 1:3; Rev. 19:5,6).

Let’s celebrate the blessings of the Lamb in the final chorus for all eternity, but let’s begin now with the Lamb’s song of victory.

What is your favorite song of praise?  Won’t you offer it to the Lord, today and may your weekend be blessed with the beauty of the Lord.

 

Singing Victory!

“And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast…And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb…”Rev. 15:2,3.

The cheering rings in your ears days later. “We win! We win!” Who doesn’t want to be on the winning team? No one likes to lose and no one has to lose.blogpraise-1154566__340

“And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God…Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously… …The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name…Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy…And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea…

…The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword my hand shall destroy them…Your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”(Taken from Ex. 15 and 1Pet. 5:8).

“…and the song of the Lamb… And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel… These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them; for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful… And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison…to deceive the nations…to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up no the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city;  and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil …was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” (Gen. 3:15; Rev. 17:14;Rev. 20:7-10).

Wait before you start cheering, we’ve only just begun. Today you’ve heard the chorus and first verse. Tomorrow, Lord willing, we will hear the final chorus as one last enemy is defeated. Until then keep singing Moses song, “…he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and the rider hath he thrown into the sea.” The Lord, “hath dashed in pieces the enemy.”

What enemy tactics are you facing? There is victory. If you are the Lord’s you are on the winning team.

 

 

Who Are the Faithful?

Continuing with Revelation 17:14, “These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful”, we know the faithful are with the Lamb, who is the Lord of lords and King of kings, when He returns to war with the beast and his army.

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The Bible shows us the lives of many faithful. One such man is Stephen. His story is found in Acts 6-8:1. Chosen to oversee the needs of the people as the disciples continued to give themselves to the word of God, he is described as, “…a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost…And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.”

Stephen’s testimony infuriated the religious powers of that day, so much so they stirred up the people against him and finally , “…came upon him and caught him, and brought him to the council.”

After leveling charges against Stephen, they asked him, “…Are these things so?”

If they didn’t want to hear the answer, they should not have asked the question. Stephen had an out. He could have denied everything, begged for mercy, and promise to quit speaking for Jesus. Instead, he said, “…Men, brethren, and fathers hearken…”  In other words, “Listen up, for this is my answer.”

Stephen began at the beginning relating the history of God’s faithfulness to his covenant people, reminding them of who God is, “Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, HEAVEN IS MY THRONE, AND EARTH IS MY FOOTSTOOL: WHAT HOUSE WILL YE BUILD ME? SAITH THE LORD: OR WHAT IS THE PLACE OF MY REST? HATH NOT MY HAND MADE ALL THESE THINGS?”

He proceeded to remind them of their faithlessness. “Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of who ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.”

The word Stephen spoke, convicted them, cutting them to the heart, but did not convince them to bring about conversion. Instead of clinging to truth, they chose to cast Stephen out and stoned him even as he called on God saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.”  Saul consented to his death.

Both descriptions of Stephen call him a man full of faith. Herein is the definition of the faithful. Being full of faith, Stephen held to the deep conviction of the truth of the Gospel, even when faced with unjust accusations, insults, and death.

The faithful then and today are among those who have heard and received God’s call to be chosen for a personal relationship with Him. He is their God and they are His people. They persevere by His Spirit within them. Jesus defines the faithful and the faithless with this picture in Matthew 24:45-51. “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing…But…that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming: And shall begin to smite his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come…in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

The faithful will hear at the end of their journey their Lord say, “…Well done, thou good and faithful servant…enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” Matt. 25:21.

How do you define faithful? Are you among them?

Heavenly Father, may each who read this be among the called, the chosen, the faithful, if not now, then upon hearing your word, for faith comes by hearing. Amen.

 

 

 

Do You Know the Truth?

“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31,32.

All week we have examined the lies and deceit of Satan. Today, as Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?”, we are going to go to the source of truth, as Jesus said, found in His word, for the answer. First, you can know the truth and second it will make you free. Free from what?

According to Vine’s Expository Dictionary, truth is that which signifies, “the reality lying at the basis of an appearance; the manifested, veritable essence of a matter.”  Think on this as you hear Jesus’ words announcing, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” John 14:6.

Galatians 2:20 begins our journey to freedom found in truth.

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  • “I am crucified with Christ…” Freeing believers from the wrath of God. “…ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus which delivered us from the wrath to come.” “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that…we should live together with him.” (1Thess. 1:10; 5:9-10). We are free because Christ took the full cup of God’s wrath for us.
  • “…nevertheless I live…” Believers are free from the  law of sin and death. “Therefore there is now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” “…He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” Rom. 8:1,2; John 5:24).  “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”(John 11:25,26). 
  • “…yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God…” Believers are free from the power of sin in their flesh! “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace…God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you…For when ye were the servants of sin ye were free from righteousoness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” “…Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” (Rom. 6:14,17,20-22; Gal. 5:16).
  • “…by the faith of the Son of God…”  We do not have to fear failure. “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Phil. 1:6; 4:13).
  • “…the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”  This is truth. Paul wrote: “…the gospel of God…concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead;” (From Rom. 1:1-4).”As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you…Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” …Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God…”(John 15:9,13; Eph. 5:2). “…Jesus Christ…Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood…be glory and dominion for ever and ever.” Rev.1:5,6).

Truth frees us from loss and gives us victory now and in the future. “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1John 5:4,5). “…PRAISE OUR GOD, ALL YE HIS SERVANTS, AND YE THAT FEAR HIM, BOTH SMALL AND GREAT…for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone…for ever and ever.” (Rev. 19:5,6; 20:10).

The truth is before you. May you walk in truth. And tomorrow, Lord willing,  we will look at a final two of scripture. In the meantime, what freedom in truth speaks most to your heart?