by Wally Fry
Sunday, September 22
We Must Be Changed
“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.
Someday, we will all be changed; we will all be resurrected, made new and live eternally free from the presence of sin and imperfection that we must live with in our temporal lives. Someday, we will no longer have to struggle with trials or the temptations that seem to pound on us constantly.
Even though the struggle today is real, the time of our release from temptation and sin is also real. How can that be? It can be because God knows the end from the beginning; in fact, He knew the end before there even was a beginning. When we read here that, “God,…giveth us the victory,” we can understand that to mean the victory has already been given! As a well-known cliché tells us, we have read the end of the book, and God wins. God has won.
Our Christian lives are much more than a salvation at the beginning, and a glorious perfecting at the end; most of us have a whole lot of living between these two events. Our Father expects and equips us to take the reality of the gospel and turn it into a reality in our lives for all to see, that they might also share in it. Paul tells us this here. Because the victory is already complete and won, we do not have to fight that fight and can just do the things He desires that we do.
JUST A THOUGHT: Our Christian freedom does not mean we are free to do whatever we want; it means we are free to do what He wants.