Saturday, February 7, 2015

In Jesus' Conquering Name

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (Romans 8:37)

The first verse of the well-loved hymn “Faith Is the Victory” describes preparation for the battle between the forces of light and darkness. The second verse tells of marching into battle, and the third of the actual attack. For the soldier of faith, empowered by love and obedience to the commandments of God, the victory is assumed. The last verse relates the rewards of victory and a commitment to wise governing once the battle is over.

To him that overcomes the foe, White raiment shall be giv’n;
Before the angels he shall know, His name confessed in heav’n.
Then onward from the hills of light, Our hearts with love aflame;
We’ll vanquish all the hosts of night, In Jesus’ conq’ring name.

Jesus, when the apostle John saw Him in His present glorified, victorious state, made this promise to the churches: “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels” (Revelation 3:5).

Earlier, He had made a companion promise: “These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). In this life we will have battles to fight, but the ultimate victory has already been won.

As He left this world following His resurrection, He said: “Go ye therefore . . . and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:19-20). No wonder, then, as we see in our text, we are “more than conquerors” in every situation, as we battle in Jesus’ conquering name. “Thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ” (2 Corinthians 2:14). JDM

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