Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Failure Is Not an Option, For All is Won for the Believer

In "Apollo 13", the commanding personnel officer in Houston, played by Ed Harris, dictated rapidly the steps that is engineering staff had to take in order to salvage the crew on the celebrated flight. In a hasty and frantic spirit, he declared "Failure is not an option."

For the believer abiding in Christ, not only is failure not an option, to even consider it in light of Jesus' Finished Work and His promises to us is a sheer waste of time.

"What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

"He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8:  31-32)

God is for us, and He is for us because He came against His Son, firing down all of His righteous wrath against His Son for all the sins of the world (1 John 2: 2)

Because God gave  us His own son to be sin for us, He has also invested in us the righteousness of His Son (2 Corinthians 5: 21), that as He is now, so are we in this world, invested with honor, glory, and power through His Son (1 John 4: 17)

He has overcome death, hell, and the grave (1 Corinthians 15: 57). He became poor that we might be rich (2 Corinthians 8: 9)

Paul spends an extensive amount of his letter to the Ephesians expounding on our glory and riches in Christ, that in Him we are blessed with all spiritual blessings, that we are accepted, pleasing to God, that we are alive and reign in victory, seated in heavenly places with Christ.

Because of our preeminence in Jesus, we have overcome every evil in this world:

"And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:. . .

"And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. " (Colossians 2: 10, 15)

In Christ Jesus, we have all that we need, and in Him, who has overcome all principalities and power, we can grow in grace and glory, receiving also a greater revelation of this glory in our lives.

Yet the greatest reason why failure is not an option for the believer, not even open for discussion, is that we are now in Him, and that nothing can separate us from Him:

"Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

"or 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: 37-39)

His love is Himself, and the first fruit of the Holy Spirit, and in this love we are obedient as well as victorious in Christ to do His will by letting Him live His life of love through us.

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