1 Corinthians 15:57 - Victory in Jesus!
1Co.15:57; Victory in Jesus!
1 Cor 15:57 (KJV) But thanks be to God, which giveth us the
victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Cor 15:57 (Gibbs) There is victory in a relationship with
Paul insists that, as we are, we are not fit to inherit the
Kingdom of God. We may be well enough equipped to get on with the life
of this world, but for the life of the world to come we will not
do. A man may be able to run enough to catch his morning train and
yet need to be very different to be able to run enough for the
Olympic games. A man may write well enough to amuse his friends and yet
need to be very different to write something which men will not
willingly let die. A man may talk well enough in the circle of his club
and yet need to be very different to hold his own in a circle of
real experts. A man always needs to be changed to enter into a higher
grade of life; and Paul insists that before we can enter the Kingdom
of God we must be changed. [Barclay 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. [SDA Commentary]
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. The Christian will feel
the promptings of sin, for the flesh lusteth against the Spirit; but
the Spirit striveth against the flesh, keeping up a constant
warfare. Here is where Christ's help is needed. Human weakness becomes
united to divine strength, and faith exclaims, "Thanks be to God, which
giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus 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. If the mind
wanders, we must bring it back; by persevering effort, habit will finally
make it easy. We cannot for one moment separate ourselves from Christ
with safety. We may have His presence to attend us at every step, but
only by observing the conditions which He has Himself laid down.
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
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 Jesus.
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
This victory is our present experience, day by day. [Jamieson,
Fausset, And Brown Commentary]
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. They can abound in Christian service, for that
work will count for eternity. Their labor is not in vain. [Wiersbe
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
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
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