The Victory

First Corinthians 15:57 says “But thanks be to God, who gives us THE VICTORY through Jesus Christ!” (quoted from the Holman Christian Standard Bible with the emphasis mine). From the context, it would seem that there is a definite antecedent for “the victory”. Otherwise, the Holy Spirit could simply have inspired the writer to say “…who gives us victory…”. Why then do you suppose the Word says “THE Victory”?

I must confess up front that I do not have any new or secret revelation from God on this subject. Rather, I am simply reflecting on the question that comes to my mind as I have read the fifteenth chapter of First Corinthians a time or two since Sunday. There are several victories that come to mind that are ours in Christ. For instance, in Christ we have victory over sin. Romans 6:14 tells us that sin has no dominion over us because (in Christ) we are under grace rather than under law. Romans 8:2 clearly tells us that the Holy Spirit’s law of life in Christ has set us free from the law of sin and death. So in Christ Jesus we have victory over sin.

We could also say that we have victory over sickness in Christ based on the Bible’s teaching that “with His stripes you are healed” (see Isaiah 54:5, 6 and 1 Peter 2:24). Without delving into a debate about divine healing, miracles, and so on, the Bible declares that Jesus suffered and died to make us “whole” and the passage in 1 Peter 2:24 specifically uses past tense (“were healed”), suggesting that we have victory in Christ Jesus over our sickness and suffering.

Sometimes people use the verse in our text (1 Corinthians 15:57) to speak of victory in Christ in general terms. For someone who is in debt and struggling with financial stress, they will quote “God gives us victory in Jesus” and suggest that turning to Christ will somehow help us become financially independent. Or for someone suffering with addiction to (insert the name of an addictive substance or passion) who struggles to find freedom from the bondage of that addiction, those well-intentioned souls will say “God gives us the victory in Jesus”.

Today, I am thinking that the Holy Spirit had a very specific point in mind when He inspired the writer to record the text in 1 Corinthians 15:57. I am thinking that “THE VICTORY” is the one referenced in verse 26 of 1 Corinthians 15(“The last enemy to be abolished is death”). I am thinking that the entire chapter sums up the totality of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, showing us that because he died for our sins, was buried and on the third day was raised from the dead as God had planned, we now have “THE VICTORY” in Christ! THE VICTORY to me implies that in the ultimate battle those who have placed their faith in the Risen Christ have complete, total victory – even victory over death!


~ by brotherfaron on April 22, 2014.

2 Responses to “The Victory”

  1. I agree, the victory is over death and is the final victory! The battle has already been won by Christ, and we are in Christ so, we have the “The Victory “. I’m so glad to be able to read your blogs again, they are such a blessing to me. Thank you for your willingness to let God use you as His vessel, you not only speak God’s Word, you live it. May God continue to bless you in all that you do.

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