Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Jesus Fought and Won, We Enjoy His Gain

"Kings of armies did flee apace: and she that tarried at home divided the spoil." (Psalm 68: 12)

In this verse, we see not just the picture of a loving wife profiting from the efforts of the king and his men, but also ourselves in Christ, we are blessed because of all that Jesus Christ has done for us:

"3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved." (Ephesians 1: 3-6)

We have been blessed with all spiritual blessings, which speak of their origin in Christ, through His Spirit.

The first example of this blessed grace accorded to us we find in Abraham, and the Covenant of grace which God cut with him through Jesus:

12And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. 13And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 14And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. 15And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. 16But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.
17And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces." (Genesis 15: 12-17)
"A smoking furnace. . a burning lamp" is Jesus. God did not cut the covenant with Abraham, but with our Perfect Representative, Jesus:
"For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:" (Hebrews 5: 1)

Now, Jesus is our Heavenly King:

"And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answered him and said, Thou sayest it." (Luke 23: 3)

He wrought the greatest victory for us, defeating sin and death at the Cross:

"13And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it." (Colossians 2: 13-15)

Notice that he made an open display of every enemy!

Today, we do not fight with enemies, but rather rest in the truth that He has already fought and won!

"(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled." (2 Corinthians 10: 4-5)


So, today, we have a King who has defeated all enemies, and we are seated with Him (Ephesians 2: 4-6), married to Christ Jesus (Romans 7: 1-6)

Rest in the Finished Work of Jesus, and enjoy the spoils of war which our Lord has fought and won:

"37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39Nor 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)

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