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 By Pastor Dennis Smith

The Victory and Exaltation of Christ

 

The sinless life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are foundational to the Christian’s victory over temptation and sin.  It is because of these events in Christ’s life that the believer can live a consistently obedient life.

 

Freed From the Guilt, Penalty and Power of Sin and Declared Righteous

 

First, Jesus Christ was tempted in “all points” as we are, “yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).  Jesus did not sin in thought, word or deed.  He lived the perfectly sinless, righteous life (1Peter 2:22).  Because of this fact the believer has the perfect righteous life of Christ covering him.  He stands righteous in Christ before God.  When God looks at him He sees Christ’s righteousness.  This is “righteousness by faith.”  This righteousness is not obtained by the Christian obeying the law of God.  It is obtained by faith in Christ.  Paul pointed out this truth when he wrote of how the Gentiles have obtained righteousness while Israel who sought to be righteous by keeping God’s commandments failed in achieving righteousness.

 

“What shall we say then?  That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.  But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.  Wherefore?  Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by works of the law…” Romans 9:30-32

 

Secondly, when Christ died on the cross He died the death we deserve because of our sins.  The Bible tells us that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).  Our sins were placed on Jesus, and he paid the price for our disobedience (Isaiah 53:5-6).  That price was death.  That is why at one point on the cross Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46).  At that moment He was dying the death of a God forsaken sinner.  He could not see through the tomb because He allowed Himself to be enshrouded in our sins, which separated Him from the Father.  Because of this we can be forgiven for our sins and receive the assurance of eternal life (1John 1:9, 5:11-13).  Jesus took our sins and death penalty, and gives to us His righteousness and eternal life.  This transaction takes place through our faith in Him.

Thirdly, as we have seen, when Christ died on the cross the power of the sinful nature of the believer was broken.  Peter referred to this when he wrote:

 

“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” 1Peter 2:24

 

Here Peter says the same thing Paul taught when he wrote:

 

“Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” Romans 6:6

 

Christ’s Resurrection and Exaltation

 

This being said, it would mean nothing without Christ’s resurrection from the dead.  Paul tells us that Christ was “declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness by the resurrection from the dead.” (Romans 1:4).  Christ’s resurrection validated that He was who He claimed to be, and that He successfully competed the work He came to accomplish; our total and complete salvation from sin.  He has provided salvation from the guilt, penalty and power of sin in our life.  Please note that this is past tense.  He has already done this.  It is an accomplished fact.  Our part is to believe it.

In his letter to the Ephesians Paul further explains Christ’s position as a result of His accomplished work on earth, and he prays that all believers would understand this.

 

“that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: and hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.” Ephesians 1:17-23

 

Paul tells us that Christ is exalted above every principality, power, might, dominion and name, and that all things are “under his feet;” meaning all things are under His authority and power.  Paul prayed that we would understand this; that we would know the “hope of our calling,” the “glory of the inheritance” we have in Christ, and the “exceeding greatness of his power” that is available to us.

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2 thoughts on “The Victory and Exaltation of Christ

  1. praise the lord brother Wayne, am so happy to meet you and i thank the lord for you and your family , am Talame from Uganda and i take care of the kids that have lost their parents due to HIV-AIDS and widows and my ministry is called OUR ORPHANS UGANDA MINISTRY and i welcome you to work with me and hope to hear from you and may the lord bless you abundantly
    Talame Brian.
    blessings

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