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“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” (I John 5:3-5).

 

            Sin and death are a part of the lives of all mankind. The Hebrew letter tells us that we have an appointment with death. We read, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation” (Hebrews 9:27-28). When this life is over we all have an appointment with God. God tells us that the physical body will return to dust but the spirit of man will face God and judgment. In the book of Ecclesiastes Solomon wrote of the vanity of a life lived without God. He warned that death would come stating, “Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:5-7). Solomon concluded, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). The New King James version states, “for this is man’s all.”

 

            In 1939 Eugene M. Bartlett wrote the hymn “Victory in Jesus.” He stated, “I heard an old, old story, How a Savior came from glory, How He gave His life on Calvary, To save a wretch like me; I heard about His groaning, Of His precious blood’s atoning, Then I repented of my sins, And gained the victory.” Paul tells us that before God began the creation, He chose those who would love Him, and do His will for victory over sin, and death, and to have a home with Him in heaven.  Paul wrote that all of God’s spiritual blessings are in Christ.  He stated,  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,  To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:3-6).

 

            Mankind, from the very first man, has separated himself from God through sin. God told Adam that he would die on the day that he ate the fruit of the tree of “knowledge of good and evil.” He ate the fruit and immediately realized his disobedience. Adam tried to hide from God. His was not a physical death but a spiritual death (separation from God). Paul told the brethren at Rome “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus” (Romans 3:23-26). He also stated, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

 

            Eugene Bartlett wrote, “I heard about His healing, Of His cleansing power revealing, How He made the lame to walk again, And caused the blind to see; And then I cried ‘Dear Jesus, Come heal my broken spirit,’ I then obeyed His blest commands, And gained the victory. O victory in Jesus, My Savior, forever, He sought me and bo’t me with His redeeming blood; He loved me ere I knew Him, and all my love is due Him, He plunged me to victory, beneath the cleansing flood.” The Hebrew writer stated, “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, Who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:11-14).

 

            Only in Christ can one have forgiveness and salvation. Those who obey His will are added, by the Lord, to His body, the church. Luke recorded concerning those who accepted the gospel “So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,  praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:46-47 NKJV). 

 

            Will you give your life to Jesus and gain “Victory in Jesus”?

 

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