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About-Him.Com Devotional 04-05-2014

Victory in Jesus

Romans 7:24  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

I believe that one should never read Romans 7 without continuing on to chapter 8. In chapter 7 the apostle Paul describes the bondage of sin that came upon us all with the fall of Adam in the garden. I could easily rest upon such  phrases as , “..what I hate, that I do” and “…it’s no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells in me  and “…in my flesh dwells no good thing” and “when  I would do good, evil is present with me.” All of these are very true and describe the sin nature that we all are subject to. However, when I proceed to read chapter 8, I learn that there is victory over my sinful nature, that purchased on the cross of Calvary by the precious blood of Jesus.  

1 Corinthians 15:57  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  

Paul cried out, “Who shall deliver me?” and then He answered his own question, “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Jesus delivered us by His sacrificial death on the cross of Calvary. I can strive in my own righteousness and have bitter failure, but when I rely on His righteousness, I have the blessing of God. I can agonize over my own imperfections and end up in bitter frustration or I can look to the absolute perfection of Jesus and realize that His life is available to me. I can affirm the truth of Galatians 2:20 that the life I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me. Yes, He died for us all, but I must realize that if I were the only person in this world, He would have given His life for me, because He loved me.  

Quoted from The Pulplt Commentary, Volume 18, Page 195.  

“This Story of the inward conflict teaches us many lessons. It should teach us all watchfulness and prayerfulness. It should teach us all to  cultivate the higher, the better, the heavenly side of our nature. It should teach us humility. It should teach us charity towards others, when we remember the faults and failings and frailties of our own nature. It should teach us to look for and to depend upon, more than we have ever done before, the Divine strength of the mighty Saviour, and the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit. - C.H.I.”

The conflict between good and evil started in the garden and will not be totally resolved until the end of the age. People are quick to blame God for all of the ills and difficulties that we face in this life. They ask, “Where is God when a child is stricken or dies? Where is God when a madman opens fire in a crowded  mall or theater? Why do bad things happen to good people? The answer is simply that evil, sickness, disease, infirmity and death are a result of the pollution of sin that was introduced to the world by Satan. There was no sickness or death in the garden, nor will there be any in heaven.  

Psalms 17:15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.  

Revelation 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.  

Isaiah 25:8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken [it].  

Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.  

Isaiah 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.  

Revelation 1:18 [I am] he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

Jesus gained victory over  Satan by rising from the grave. When He arose, a great number of the Old Testament saints arose with Him. When our life on earth is over, either by death or by our catching away to Him, we will enter a whole new realm of life. No sickness, no pain, no dying, no poverty and no war. 1 John 3:2 reminds us that we will see Jesus as He is and be conformed to His likeness.  

We look forward to the new day when we are able to shed our house of flesh and no longer are buffeted by the effects of sin and our inherent sin nature.  

1 Corinthians 15:54  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.
55  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

Do you remember this old hymn?  

O victory in Jesus, my Savior forever,
He sought me and bought me with His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him and all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood.

Song: Wash Me and Cleanse Me
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