Thursday, April 21, 2011

Faith Brings the Victory

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” 1 John 5:4-5

The cross of Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of God’s plan for salvation through the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son. That is why the Lord Jesus Christ cried, “It is finished!” (John 19:30) as He drew His final breath on Golgotha. Prophecy was fulfilled; redemption was accomplished.

Also the cross is the keystone for individual destiny and deliverance. Man’s eternal state rests on his acceptance or rejection of God’s redemptive work on Calvary. There his sins were forgiven because God’s Son was sacrificed in our stead and on our behalf.

There our sin nature was judged and rendered powerless; and our archenemy, Satan, was defeated. God death with the old man by crucifying him with Christ so that we may enjoy a new quality of life.

We experience the transforming power of the cross when our faith is anchored in its truth. By faith in Jesus, we are saved from eternal death and delivered from sin’s domain. We overcome all obstacles, all barriers, all habits, all circumstances by total reliance on the conquering Christ Who shattered sin’s penalty and power on Calvary. Christ’s cross secured it all.

“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” 1 John 5:13