1 Corinthians 15:57 (NKJV) But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
What is the victory that is found through our Lord Jesus Christ? The victory, nikos, is the victory that utterly vanquishes the foe that has arrayed itself against us. The victory being spoken of is that of the fear of death.
Hebrews 2:14-15 (NKJV) 14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Jesus destroyed, or vanquished the power of the devil who had the power of death at the cross of Calvary.
Colossians 2:15 (NKJV) Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
Yes, the “it” is the Cross where Jesus was crucified. What appeared to many to be His defeat was, in fact, His great victory over sin and death. On the cross He became a curse in our place and replaced the law of sin and death that hung over us to be replaced by the law of the Spirit of life.
Galatians 3:13 (NKJV) Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”),
Romans 8:2 (NKJV) For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
His victory at the Cross has given us complete victory over the fear of death and death itself. We are assured that death will not be able to hold us any more than it held Jesus.
1 Corinthians 15:54 (NKJV) So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
In Christ, eternal life is our victory.
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