Become Victorious in Christ

by Richard Mansel, managing editor
winning444.jpgGod provided the Book of Revelation to Christians who were suffering extreme persecution. Their lives were in constant danger and John wrote to comfort them, promising that God knew of their faith and courage and that their suffering was not in vain. They would be victorious in Christ, if they remained faithful (Revelation 2:10b).
Undoubtedly, the natural reaction of most people would be to seek revenge against their tormentors. We see people around the globe and throughout history who use violence to settle all accounts. However, Christ calls us to a higher calling.
We are not to use personal vengeance against evildoers. “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord” (Romans 12:19, NKJV).
“Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here'” (John 18:36).
Scripture does not endorse vigilante justice. We wield a spiritual sword, rather than a physical weapon (Ephesians 6:17). God teaches us that Satan empowers persecutors and those who fight against Truth (1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 2:10a). To turn our fury on Satan’s instrument would ultimately be pointless in the overall battle against sin.
We use the Word of God to fight against Satan (Ephesians 6:12). It is our greatest recourse against evil in the world. We are more interested in the spreading of the blood of Christ in salvation (1 John 1:7), than the shedding of fleshly blood on the battlefield.
The answer to the persecuted in Revelation is to walk by faith and hold firm to the end (Revelation 2:13). John assures the righteous that Satan shall be defeated (Revelation 20). We just have to remain in Christ, where all spiritual blessings are found (Ephesians 1:3) and walk in the light (Psalm 119:105; Ephesians 4:1).
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). Our faith ensures that we have complete faith that God will defeat Satan and that God’s people will be victorious (Revelation 21).
That is worth fighting for, as long as do so in spirit, rather than in the flesh.

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