From Victory Unto Victory-February 10, 2013
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:10, 54-58; 2 Corinthians 2:15-16
We worship because of the victory. We worship because our new identity is not in what I’ve done but whose I am. I am His because of the great work of God in grace. Paul says the grace extended Him was not in vain that He was willing to let God work through Him in whatever manner He sees fit. The work of God is grace, mercy, reconciliation, and unity.
It is in this working of God in us, that we become co-laborers in the building up of the kingdom of God. It is a kingdom that can always produce a victory. It is not a kingdom of flesh and bone, or brick and mortar. The kingdom is spiritual, eternal, and everlasting. We must look beyond the flesh to find the kingdom. The promise of the completion of this kingdom is inheritance con only be reached by shedding mortality for immortality, the flesh and things of the flesh.
In the final victory the greatest and last enemy stands no chance. The victory is so complete there is not really even a battle for “death is swallowed up in victory.” The victory was not at the last-minute but was decisive win and it was never in question. This is the victory for those who find their identity in Christ. Paul said it is by God’s grace he is who he is and the small sacrifices we make are nothing compared to the complete victory offered in the sacrifice of Christ. On the cross Christ stated it is accomplished, it is finished. There is nothing I can or could have done to achieve this victory. Our sin that would separate us from God was a God sized problem not a human problem to be solved.
Our just God cannot ignore sin He must punish it, but in His great love justice was met by offering His Son in our place. That is a grace beyond my comprehension. I can only begin to scratch the surface of the grace of God In this sacrifice not only to receive forgiveness of our sins but also receive the righteousness of His Son. We become His Sons and daughters of the victorious king.
The demonstrative exclamation point on this is not the cross but the empty tomb of Christ. Death could not hold Him. God is eternal and has the final say, always. Live in victory each day because by His grace I am what I am.
Death has no victory or sting. We move from victory unto victory proclaiming the mighty name of Christ. The law of sin has not power under the grace of God. Give thanks to God who gives victory through Christ. The victory is worthy of continual thanks. The response of thanks is to worship our great Lord and Savior today and every day. We worship in submitting ourselves to Him and allowing His image, love, and work to be accomplished through us because of Christ. Who should be afraid to give themselves over to Him when we already know the great victory is won?
Therefore, beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing the work in the Lord is not in vain. His Word won’t return void. His work will be accomplished there is not purpose of His that can be thwarted. We will try to short-circuit it through pride, sin, or unwillingness but God will accomplish with or without and sometimes in spite of us. The same is true of worship if we don’t worship or praise Him, His Word says even the rocks and trees will cry out with praise.
When His work is accomplished through us it is evidence in our lives 2 Corinthians refers to this as the fragrance of Christ to all, both those who are being saved and to those perishing. This aroma or reality of Christ is presented the same, but received differently, to one it looks like death unto death. To give up what little we may grasp for in this life is a dying to self and the unwillingness to see the death of our will and pride, we remain defeated and will suffer death with no confidence of victory, death unto death.
But to the other the aroma is the sweet smell of life entering into our world of death. The giving up of ourselves and our life, allows a greater life and victory than we thought possible to rule and reign in our lives, filling our days with hope, meaning, purpose, and victory. Then we can at the end of our lives or the end of these days with confidence of a victory already won on the cross of Christ and the empty tomb. We move from life to life celebrating with our brothers and sisters in worship and adoration.
Then join the saints of old for all time in the eternal worship of the lamb who was slain, in whom we find victory in this life and all eternity. Is your life one of worship from the victory of this life to the victory of all eternity?