but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.1 Corinthians 15:57(NASB)
When Christ shouted, "It Is Finished," He had paid the full price for our sins, and there is now no condemnation to all who believe on His name. When Christ burst forth from the sealed tomb, the angels joyfully proclaimed, "He is Risen!" Our resurrected Saviour broke the power of death and hell forever and the enemy of man's soul became a defeated adversary who was bound for the lake of fire.
Christ was fully identified with sinful man when He was made sin for us, on Calvary's Cross. He was sent by God to be the one and only offering for sin and as His blood-bought children, we are identified with His finished work. Christ’s triumphant victory over sin, death, Satan, and hell, becomes our triumphant victory too, and the filthy rags of our old life in Adam are replaced with the glorious garment of righteousness which are imputed to us because of our new life in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.
Christ's gained a triumphant victory over sin and death on the Cross, which climaxed with His glorious resurrection from the dead... and this verse gives insight into what His glorious resurrection means for all who are in Christ. Every member of Christ's Body will be transformed, spirit, soul, and body, and this perishable body will be changed into an imperishable body, and this mortal will put on immortality.
Those who are in Christ will claim His full and final victory over sin and death, the grave and hell... at the Rapture of the Church, when the dead in Christ are raised in incorruptible bodies. Those that are alive will be changed into His likeness, in the twinkling of an eye, and taken to be with the Lord forever. The trump of God will sound and the voice of the archangel will be heard to shout, as the Body of Christ are summoned to their heavenly home, "thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
The blessed hope we have in Christ is that this natural, physical body, will be raised a supernatural, spiritual body. Because of His resurrection, the sting of death has been removed for all who trust in His name, and the icy grave has been robbed of its victory by the sacrificial death and glorious resurrection of our God and Saviour.
It was Adam’s rebellion against God’s clear command and his sinful act in the beautiful garden, that caused the icy finger of death to descend upon all humanity. Sin entered into the world by one man, and because of sin - death passed onto all men for all are sinners and all are in need of salvation.
And so, just as one offence resulted in condemnation for all men, so one glorious act of righteousness results in justification and life for all - for all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Just as through one man's disobedience many people were made sinners, so also through one Man's obedience, many people will be made righteous. "So thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
The day is coming when this corruptible will be clothed with incorruptibility and our mortal frame will be clothed with immortality. The time is fast approaching when we will proclaim, "Death has been swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is your victory? O Death, where is your sting? Thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Surely, our jubilant shout of triumphant thanksgiving and victory will resound throughout the eternal ages to come, "thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Loving Father, how much I love You and praise Your name for ever and ever. I am not worthy to pick up the crumbs under Your table and yet You have raised me up and seated me together with Christ Jesus in heavenly places - by sending Your only begotten Son to pay the incredible price for my sin and to break the power of death in my life. I praise Your name for ever and ever. All glory and honour and might and majesty be Yours for ever and ever, AMEN.
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