05 Aug Victory
In our human understanding, death is the end of life, but as we read God’s Word, we see that it is the end of our struggle for life. It is the point when we finally and completely give up our flesh and become wholly spirit.
“For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”Where, O death, is your victory?Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:53-55)
There is no more offense. We stand before God complete in Christ. “For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
(1 Corinthians 13:9-12)
For us, in our humanness, yes, Jesus is difficult. “Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?” (Job 11:7) The answer is no. For now we know in part. Our perspective is limited by our experience. When we finally shed our flesh, what is in part disappears and we will know fully. We will see Jesus face to face and know that all along He has been working all things for our good. (Romans 8:28) We will see that our difficulties have been light though at the time they felt heavy. We will see that our troubles were only momentary in the light of eternity and that they have achieved for us an eternal glory that is more than worth anything it has cost us. Our faith will be sight!
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen,since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”