THANKS FOR VICTORY
By John N. Baker
Scripture Reading: I Corinthians 15:57
We are often very hypocritical in our giving of thanks. We thank God for a meal, then complain about the food. We thank God for His every supply of our needs, then worry about our needs. We can do the same as we read I Corinthians 15=57. We can thank God for giving us the victory,then not appropriate this victory in our daily life.
The context has reference to death. Looking forward to the glorious future, we can realize that death is to be swallowed up in victory at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. We can already claim by faith the conquest over it and exclaim, "Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." The resurrection is a triumphant answer to the sting of death. It is sin which gives, not only occasion, but its sting to death; and the law, however righteous, could work no deliverance for the guilty. God's matchless grace, not the law, is the strength of holiness. (See Romans 6:14.)
Therefore, the apostle Paul breaks forth with thanksgiving as he sees God giving us the victory so completely through our Lord Jesus Christ. His resurrection is our pledge, the witness of our salvation, our pattern of deliverance, and our blessed hope in the midst of our labors, trials and suffering for Christ. "Therefore" - because these things are true -"my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord" (1 Corinthians 15:58). So let us not be hypocritical; and let us appropriate the victory we have in the Lord Jesus Christ and heed the admonition to be steadfast and unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.
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