IT IS WONDERFUL to know
as Christians we are on the winning team. There is no way, short of apostasy
itself, that a Christian can lose. In every way Christ has already gotten
the victory for us, and we are now to live out this victory in our lives
as we trust him ("…this is the victory that overcometh the world, even
our faith," I John 5:4). Christ conquered sin, death and the grave, and
consequently has delivered all "who through fear of death were all their
lifetime subject to bondage" (Hebrews 2:15). He came that we might have
life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). We have been delivered from
the power of darkness and translated into his kingdom (Colossians 1:13).
Jesus declared that the gates of hell would not prevail against his church
(Matthew 16:18), and that is what we are, his church. "Greater is he that
is within you, than he that is in the world" (I John 4:4).
WE ARE ON THE WINNING TEAM!
We are now reigning with Christ, as he is the Lord of all in our
lives. All things are subservient to us, or least they serve us as we serve
him (I Corinthians 3:21-23)—even death itself! "We know that all things
work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called
according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28)—even "bad" things! We should not
look upon ourselves as victims of any circumstance. Everything is a challenge
to be faced with the express purpose of accomplishing the glory of God
in it. "Nay in all these things we are more than conquerors through him
that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels,
nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate
us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:36-39).
"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 in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour
is not in vain in the Lord" (I Corinthians 15:57,58).
Too many times we are whining wimps. We wring our hands, and say,
"Look what the world is coming to!" How unlike the early church. They didn’t
say, "Look what the world has come to," but rather, "Look what has come
to the world!" The good news of salvation, hope and victory in Jesus Christ!
We are on the winning team!