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1 Corinthians 15:57 – Victory through Jesus

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1 Corinthians 15:57

57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (NKJV)

Victory in this context is victory over death. Look at the verses preceding this one. “54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56  The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:54-57).

Paul ties death to sin and sin to the law in verse 56. By one man sin entered and death. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12). Sin entered through Adam. Sin brought death. And the law strengthened sin. People try to mix law and grace. But as Paul clearly states, it’s the law that causes us to sin. If you promote the Ten Commandments, you strengthen sin in the lives of people.

But we can give thanks to God that we have the victory. We have victory over sin and victory over the law. We are now under grace through Jesus. Jesus is our victory. Jesus took the sins of the world upon himself. Our sins are washed away—cast into the depths of the sea—scattered as far as the east is from the west. Through Jesus, God remembers our sins no more. And we are no longer under the law since we are under grace, so the law no longer is trying to get us to sin. It’s one more thing we have the victory over through Jesus.

God gives us the victory through Jesus. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. He gives us victory today, tomorrow, and forever. Victory is the Greek word “nike”. We see that name on a shoe. But thanks be to God we actually have the victory every day. Say “Today I have the victory.”

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