Sunday, August 31, 2014

In Christ, We Have His Perfect Victory

"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: 39)

There are seventeen elements mentioned in Romans 8: 38-39)

Seventeen is the number of perfect victory, which rests in our peace in Christ from the law, which Jesus fulfilled on our behalf:

"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil." (Matthew 5: 17)

Some did not want His Victory, as many are too accustomed to defeat:

"And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts." (Mark 5: 17)

Jesus was present to heal all during His earthly minister, even the teachers of the law:

"And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them." (Luke 5: 17)

Notwithstanding our actions or beliefs, Jesus is working on our behalf:

"But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work." (John 5: 17)

When we rest in this victory, including His Finished Work at the Cross, we do not have to fear what man may do, even the greatest temporal authorities of our day:

"17Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation, 18And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison. 19But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said, 20Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life." (Acts 5: 17-20)

We have a High Priest forever, and a King whose reign shall never end (Isaiah 9: 6), and in Him we reign in life:

"For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ." (Romans 5: 17)

Old things are past away, and we are a new creature, a new creation:

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2 Corinthians 5: 17)

In Christ, you and I have perfect victory. Don't fight to get it, but pray (1 Thessalonians 5: 17) to identify with Him (Galatians 5: 17).

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