Isn’t it just like the devil to snatch the truth from the jaws of victory? He’s placed in the Garden of Eden, and there he lies to the first woman, and convinces her that God is lying. In this way he became the father of all liars – all men. God created all men in His image, in the image of the truth teller Himself, man was created. However, the devil turned man into a liar.
The Apostle Paul, under the inspiration of God, told the Roman church and all believers by extension that they were victorious in Christ.
“For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one (Adam), much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:17) As a result of Adam’s sin, all men sin, but those who believe in Christ reign in life. Reign sounds like victory to me, or rising above the sinful gutter.
And again, “So that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 8: 21). We are told, grace reigns through righteousness. Righteousness is a verb that refers to one just before God, as he has been made right. His manner of life is one of integrity, virtue, purity of life, uprightness, correctness in thinking, feeling, and acting. Sounds like victory to me.
The life that Christ lived was victorious, and as He was raised from the dead, so the Christian has imparted His victorious life. “So that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4) Sounds like victory to me.
Again and again the Bible speaks of the victory that is the Christian in Christ. He says the Christian is victorious. That is, the life that he lives is to be victorious in Christ. All through Romans 5, 6, 7, and 8 there is nothing but victory for the Christian. Let me quote one more,
“But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.” (Romans 6:17, 18) Though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart. Became obedient from the heart, sounds like victory to me.
Unfortunately, if you talk to a Christian well taught in the Bible today, you will discover that victory is clouded by his belief that he lives in sin. It is true that there is no perfection this side of heaven, and that if we say we have no sin, we make God a liar. (1 John 1:10) However, there is a great chasm between perfection and victory. The Christian does not come close to perfection but neither is he to live in defeat. Victory this side of heaven is not perfection but it most certain is not a life of defeat.
Spend much time in Romans 5 through 8 and contemplate the message. Then tell me that Paul does not say, and even demand, that the Christian is to live in victory and most definitely not in sin. Personally, I think from past experience, and from what I hear from dear brothers and sisters is that the Christian life is just a little above disaster. It sounds humble, but it doesn’t sound victorious. It doesn’t sound like the Apostle Paul. “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1) Be imitators of me, sounds like victory.
One of the great victories of the devil in our day is the lie, that there is no true and lasting victory for the Christian. It is a lie! Explain this!
“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so, but they are like chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.”
To know Jesus is to know the victory.
No one can never know enough about Jesus. For this reason, THE JESUS YOU NEED TO KNOW is a good book to read.