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Christ Gives Us  The Victory

 By Pastor Dennis Smith

So far we have discussed the struggle every Christian has with temptation and sin in his life.  We have seen that even though the power of the sinful nature was broken at the cross for the believer in Jesus Christ, that fact alone does not give victory over sin.  The Bible is clear and untold defeats in the Christian’s life confirm that we do not have the ability to overcome temptation and sin no matter how much effort we exert.  Even if we ask God to add His power to our effort we still fail.

Until the Christian comes to understand and experience what it means to let Christ give him the victory he will not experience the consistently obedient life he desires.  In this chapter I will present how to let Christ live out His victorious life in you.  When you come to understand and experience this truth your Christian life will never again be the same.  Instead of a life of sporadic obedience and broken promises to God you will in time experience a life of victory through Christ over every temptation and sin Satan brings your way.

 

Is It Possible?

 

Is such a consistently obedient life really possible?  Can we truly have victory over every temptation and sin in our life?  That is the kind of life God in the Bible calls us to live.  Remember the Bible verses previously quoted:

 

“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

 

“Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.” Romans 6:11-12

 

“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” Romans 6:14

 

“Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.” 1John 3:19

 

“Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” 1John 3:9

 

These verses clearly state that victory over temptation and sin is possible for the Christian.  Ellen White also supports this view.

“’The prince of this world cometh,’ said Jesus, ‘and hath nothing in Me.’ John 14:30.  There was in Him nothing that responded to Satan’s sophistry.  He did not consent to sin.  Not even by a thought did He yield to temptation.  So it may be with us.” Desire of Ages, p.123

 

We are fast approaching the second coming of Christ.  The Christians who are living when Jesus returns will have gained the victory over every temptation and sin in their life.  John indicates this when he wrote:

 

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him: for we shall see him as he is.” 1John 3:4

 

The Greek word translated “like” in this verse means just like Christ in character, nature, authority, etc.  Christ was victorious over all temptation and sin; so also will those be who are ready to meet Him when He returns.  Also, the fact that they are living without Christ as their mediator indicates the level of victory they will have attained in Christ.

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!

1 John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

 It is just that simple! 

Jesus Is About To Come!!

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      • hmm my ? is how can live without Christ as a mediator? We can not that comment just seems wayyyyyyyyy of the mark to me. Please expound on the paragraph with that sentence. God Bless

        • Thanks very much for your comment Carolyn!
          The concept of the end-time mediation of Jesus on our behalf is often confused with the concept that Jesus will never leave or forsake us! Here is a brief, simple and encouraging explanation:
          1. In Revelation 22:10-12 The Bible simply states that there will be a time when all mediation on our behalf comes to an end. Why is that? At that time, just before the second coming of Jesus, mediation becomes unnecessary. Here is what the Bible Says:
          And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.” Revelation 22:10-12 In other words all sin has been eradicated from those who have Faith in Jesus Romans 3:26 making further mediation on our behalf by Jesus unnecessary!

          2. The great news is that even though The Mediation of Jesus on our behalf is no longer necessary, the fact is, Jesus will NEVER leave or forsake us!! He will always be with us to the very end!! Praise God!! Please consider these Scriptures:
          He is with us always even to the end Matthew 28:17-20,
          Because Our God is Merciful He will never forsake us or forget His covenant with us!! Deuteronomy 4:29-31, Deuteronomy 31:6,8,
          Deuteronomy 32:4
          Christ will always dwell inside the believer,through the Holy Spirit, thus giving us His comfort and continued victory. Colossians 1:27,
          Romans 8:3,4.

          So it is, even though The Mediation of Jesus on our behalf ceases just before He comes to take us to be with Him forever, He will always be with us and NEVER EVER forsake us! And that’s Great News of The Gospel of Jesus for sure!!

          JESUS IS ABOUT TO COME!!!

          God bless you Carolyn!!

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