We Have the Victory

As the Apostle Paul is closing his teaching on the resurrection in I Corinthians chapter 15, he makes this statement: "But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (I Corinthians 15:57). He then exhorts the Corinthians to be steadfast and unmoveable. 

Paul is encouraging the believers to continue on and stay in Jesus. Don't let the devil get you to leave your position in Christ. We have a position of security and victory through Him and in Him. In Jesus, we have access to heavenly places and authority over all the power of darkness (Ephesians 2:6, Colossians 1:13). We have the ability to deal with all situations through Jesus (Philippians 4:13) and a supply of all we need by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). 

When things look bad or discouraging, Paul says to continue to abound in the work of the Lord, knowing that there is a reward (I Corinthians 15:58). This is similar to the idea that Paul conveyed to the Galatians: "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not" (Galatians 6:9).

In this life we have to contend with ups and downs, disappointments, failures, and often heartbreak. As weighty as these issues can seem, all these things are temporary and will not compare to the presence of Jesus that will come with victory.

Jesus has already won the victory. If we are in Him and stay in Him, the gospel tells us that there is a day of resurrection and that we have the victory.

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