Victory With Jesus
Romans 8: 31-39 says;
In view of all this, what can we say? If God is for us, who can be against us? Certainly not God, who did not even keep back his own Son, but offered him for us all! He gave us his Son–will he not also freely give us all things?
Who will accuse God’s chosen people? God himself declares them not guilty! Who, then, will condemn them? Not Christ Jesus, who died, or rather, who was raised to life and is at the right side of God, pleading with him for us!
Who, then, can separate us from the love of Christ? Can trouble do it, or hardship or persecution or hunger or poverty or danger or death? As the scripture says, “For your sake we are in danger of death at all times; we are treated like sheep that are going to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us!
For I am certain that nothing can separate us from his love: neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or powers, neither the present nor the future, neither the world above nor the world below–there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord
In Romans Paul maintains the doctrine of justification by faith. He tells of how we can live victoriously (Article 6), free (chapter 7) and secure / confident in Christ (chapter 8).
The basic meaning of ‘in Christ’ (communion with Him) is one of mystical fellowship has been accepted by many scholars; we have entered into a new existence in Christ, in the life of a new era; and can not be separated by any (Romans 8:39)
In this section, there are some things that the people who live faith in Christ:
• No one can be against us (31b)
• God will meet our needs (32)
• No one will sue us (33)
• No one will blame us (34)
• No separate us from the love of Christ (35a)
This does not mean that our lives will experience smooth running constantly. Suffering is part of the real life of faith in Christ, but we are given the strength / confidence that together with Jesus, we are enabled to overcome these (36).
How can we believe this? Because we experience unity with Christ, through the Holy Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:17 – For God is Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
The Christian faith is different from the faith in other religions. Christian faith is not only centered to the teachings of Jesus Christ, but the Christian faith centered on the person of Jesus Christ, to all his work for humans. This is what makes us not only required to follow the teachings but also asked to accept Him as our Lord and Savior personally.
Calvin stated as follows: “we have to understand, for Christ out of our lives, and we are separated from Him, what He suffered and his work for the salvation of mankind, remain useless and worthless to us … All that Christ had not means for us until we grow into one body with him “. We are not saved until we are united with Jesus Christ (2 Cor 5:17; Yoh.15: 4,5,7; I Cor 15:22; 2 Cor 12: 2; Gal.3: 28; Fil.3: 9) .
Only the work of the Holy Spirit was the one who can bring us into unity with Christ. This is the grace of God which was great for us. The work of the Spirit in regenerating the believer is therefore a work in the which the Spirit unites us to Christ.
Deissmann Theologian says: union in Christ is a Mystical Dimension – we are in the air, and the air is in us, so also we are in Christ, and Christ is in us.
So interests are united with Christ, Steward said to Paul, Christianity is not only a system of speculation, but the quality of the renewal of life: life in Christ! (Fil.1: 21;Gal.2: 20).
Death and resurrection of Christ revealed to us that Christ is ALIVE and the power of death has been defeated! In the work of resurrection, we are convinced that Life is stronger than Death, Good is greater than Evil, Hope is stronger than Despair, Love is greater than Hate, and Faith is greater than Fear.
Hebrews 2: 14-15 “He also became closely with them and got a part in their circumstances, so that by his death he smote him, the devil, the power of death; and so by the way, He would deliver them the rest of their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. ”
Apostle Paul and John often uses this concept in their writings. The phrase “in the Lord” (en Kyrio) or “in Him” (en auto) appears 164 times in Paul’s letters. (G. Adolf Deissmann).
Romans 6:5 For if we have been united with him like this in his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.
Romans 6:10 His death is a death to sin, once and for ever, and his life is the life for God.
Romans 6:11 Likewise you also, reckon your selves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
1 John 2: 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
Paul certainly say that a Christian is someone who is struggling, in every day life, to make more real and actual and visible and convincing for what he is looking and potentially through union with Jesus Christ … His relationship with Christ bind him. It is a fact, but also a duty. It is a reality today, but also as an ideal that draws him … “Are you in Christ?” Paul says to believers. “If so be people who sincerely in Christ.” (A Man in Christ, James Stewart)
Unity with Christ planned since eternity and is set to continue eternally. Therefore, unity is what makes our Christian lives meaningful, happy and victorious. While in this world, we are travelers and strangers in this world, but Christ lives in us forever. Christ not only died on the cross so many years ago, he also lives in our hearts, now and forever.