1 Corinthians 15:57 - Victory In A Relationship With Jesus
1 Cor 15:57 (KJV) But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through
our Lord Jesus Christ.
Christians rejoice because God has provided victory over death through
Christ's resurrection. [Disciple SB]
There can be no sting in death when a person is a Christian, for Christ has
taken out that sting. There can be no victory in the grave, for Christ will
one day empty the graves and bring forth His own in resurrection power. . .
Christians can be steadfast and immovable, because they know that if their
worst enemy (death) has been overcome, they need fear no other enemy.
[Wiersbe Expository Outlines]
As a seed bursts into new and transformed life, so will we, trading our
natural, sinful bodies for imperishable bodies that shine with the beauty of
God Himself (vv. 35-49). Every believer will be transformed, and then, death
and sin left far behind, we will experience the victory won for us by our
Lord Jesus Christ (vv. 50-58). [Victor Bible Reader's Companion]
Dad didn't want to go with my sister and me to meet with the doctor. We all
knew what the verdict would be. Cancer.
Later Eunice and I told Dad what the doctor had said. The cancer was all
through his body. It was just a matter of months.
I moved into my childhood home to take care of Dad those last weeks. At
first he sat out in the living room with me and talked or watched TV. As a
fighter, Dad overcame many a physical adversary during his 86 years. Now he
felt frustrated. This was something he couldn't fight.
Soon he was unable to sit up, and he stayed in bed. As the pain got worse, I
gave him regular shots of morphine. I listened as he ranged over his life in
his delirium. And I watched his body shrink.
When the men from the funeral home took his body away, he seemed no larger
than a small child, curled up on his side. This wasn't the father I'd known
in my childhood, so big and so strong. It wasn't my fishing companion of our
later years. It couldn't be. And yet it was. As Paul says, the body is sown
perishable. Sown in dishonor. Sown in weakness.
But the glorious message of the Gospel is that the shriveled body that
returns to the earth is nothing like the body that will be raised! I'll see
my father again. I'll share with him in the coming resurrection. And when I
do, the body in which he dwells will be imperishable, glorious, bearing no
mark of man's weakness, but only the mark of God's power.
That's the vision I have of my dad today. Not the withered frame that lay
dead on the bed in my boyhood home. But the vibrant form of the man I knew,
vitalized by God's transforming power. [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary]
This verse presents the theme, or objective, of all the books of the Bible,
namely, to show that the restoration of man to favor with God and to his
original condition of perfection and freedom from all the effects of sin, is
brought about by the mighty power of God working through our Lord Jesus
Christ. For this triumph over the power of the adversary the redeemed will
give praise and glory to God throughout eternity [SDA Commentary]
The central theme of the Bible, the theme about which every other in the
whole book clusters, is the redemption plan, the restoration in human soul
of the image of God. . . The science of redemption is the science of all
sciences; the science that is the study of the angels and of all the
intelligences of the unfallen worlds; the science that engages the attention
of our Lord and Saviour; . . the science that will be the study of God's
redeemed throughout endless ages. This is the highest study in which it is
possible for man to engage. As no other study can, it will quicken the mind
and uplift the soul. ED125-6
This victory is our present experience, day by day. [Jamieson, Fausset, And
Sanctification is a daily work. . . If we indulge anger, lust, covetousness,
hatred, selfishness, or any other sin, we become servants of sin. "No man
can serve two masters." If we serve sin, we cannot serve Christ. . .
Daily prayer is as essential to growth in grace, and even to spiritual life
itself, as is temporal food to physical well-being. We should accustom
ourselves to often lift the thoughts to God in prayer. MYP114-5
Now on whom dost thou trust?" (2Ki.18:20). Such was the challenge which the
blatant Assyrian field-marshal, Rab-shakeh, flung at the beleaguered king
Hezekiah, more than two-and-a-half millenniums ago. Little did he guess
that before many more sunrises 185,000 of his proud army would be corpses,
cut down by an invisible scythe of the Almighty! Hezekiah did not reply to
Rab-shakeh, but despite the hopeless-looking circumstances his heart was
fixed, trusting in Jehovah (18:5). This was his secret of victory.
Even so today, the first mark of the true Christian is reliance on
Jehovah-Jesus. We rely on Him exclusively as the vicarious Sinbearer
through whom we have the salvation of our souls.
But we are to rely on Him continually as our victorious Champion through
whom we have victory in our daily life ... So long as we rely on Him we have
victory. Temper, fear, lust, pride, envy, grudging, moodiness, impatience,
despondency, worry ; over all such we gain victory as we really rely on
Again, we are to rely on Him as our vigilant Provider, who "supplies all our
need" (Phi.4:19; Psa.34:22). He does not always employ ravens to feed His
Elijahs, but by one means or another He sustains them if they really rely on
Him. [J. Sydlow Baxter; Time with God SB]
The Christian life may be difficult, but the goal is infinitely worth the
struggle. [Barclay Commentary]