by Wally Fry
Friday, August 30
The Final Victory over Sin
“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through
our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord,” 1 Corinthians 15:57, 58
The struggle with sin is real, as is the penalty for it. It is established clearly in God’s Word that we owe it, and that Jesus paid it. At the moment of salvation, we are released forever from any eternal penalty for our sin, and that will never be revoked or lost to us. We have, at that moment, victory over both sin and death for eternity.
As we move through the days we have left on earth after our salvation, we are also progressively separated from the power of sin over our lives; at least that is the goal of sanctification in the life of all believers. Even though we still sin daily, God is quick to forgive and restore fellowship upon our confession and repentance or turning away from it. We might say we are saved, in three steps. First, at the instant of our acceptance of Jesus’ salvation, we are justified and saved from any eternal penalty for sin past, present and future. Next, as we grow in maturity in our Christian lives, we are saved from the power of sin in our lives. Finally, someday we will be saved from the very presence of sin and death when we receive our glorified bodies and go to live with Jesus forever in the new Heaven and the new earth. What a great hope we have in that! This is the hope that empowers us to concentrate our lives on earth spreading the glorious gospel.
JUST A THOUGHT: God keeps us saved. We do not work to keep it ourselves; we work from our gratitude for what He did for us.