One major truth we as believers must embrace is our stand with Christ right now…not in the future but right now. The victory that Christ has brought for us has its application right now. You don’t have to wait for future events to also experience it. This experience is for every believer. Not a privileged few, or leaders in your church…no, its for you also.
First lets see how this victory came about.
- Christ’s death. This was no small feat. The death of Christ is the most important event apart from the resurrection and the ascension of Christ.
When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God.Rom 6:10 (NLT)
For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:Rom 8:3
Christ’s death condemned sin in his flesh. This means that the ‘sin’ that was the problem of the world was taken care of, partly as we will see later. His death broke the power of sin, which is the Law. It broke the dominion of sin that held men bound. It set us free from sin forever.
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.1 cor 15:56
John fondly speaks about Jesus:
“Behold the Lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world”.
- Christ’s Resurrection: This is the core of our faith. That Christ did not remain dead. He didn’t just die to sin, He arose to righteousness. If Jesus had just died and not resurrected, our faith would have been pointless. Paul points this out:
16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either.17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.1 Cor 15:16-19
So we see from this scripture that the death and resurrection of Christ is actually what took care of sin. Christ’s resurrection is proof that there was a victory. He defeated death, hell and the grave.
I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.Rev 1:18
- The Ascension of Christ: Acts 1:9 records the ascension of Christ.
9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.Acts 1:9
But the epistles makes us understands the importance of His ascension.
20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.Eph 1:20-21
In truth, these events are not isolated events. One is not more important than the other. All 3 events come together, to portray perfectly the victory that God has wrought through Christ.
Where do we come in?
Christ didn’t just come to perform these stunts of dying and resurrecting, He did it for us. Love drove God to come to us in the human flesh of Jesus Christ to die for us. Scripture says that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for the ungodly, of which we were part of.
Because, Christ did it on behalf of us, we can therefore claim the victory that He has. We are therefore united with Christ both in the death that He died, and the life He now lives. When he died, we died, when He rose, we rose also.
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.Gal 2:20
It is a trustworthy statement: For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him;2 Tim 2:11
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,Rom 6:8
It is this communion of spirits that brings us into victory. It is the fellowship in the sufferings and power of the resurrection of Christ that has brought us into his victory.
When Christ died, He died to sin and its consequences. This means we now have a legal right to demand that you we don’t need to pass through the consequences that sin has brought into out world.
In the next post, we would look at how we can appropriate this victory. God bless you.