"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
I Corinthians 15:57
What comes to mind when you hear the word victory? Is it someone winning a race? Is it your favorite team winning the final game of the season? What is your idea of victory?
This was the word of the day back when I was in high school and the marching band I took part in for 3 years at the time finally won first in the entire state of Florida. But we didn't get to that spot overnight. From the time I entered the marching band my freshman year in high school, we worked hard but we came up short by just a little bit every year. We went home feeling defeated because... Well, we won second place. You're probably thinking "second place?! That's fantastic!" And I heard that alot in those first couple of years. But it was different for us because we had all thought we put in the work it took for first place. But when we finally got there, we felt what it was like to be there and we knew what it took to get there.
The apostle Paul is talking about a different kind of victory in the passage above. Thanks be to God who gives us victory... for WHAT? Victory from the chains of the law that so held us captive because we are imperfect and could never satisfy its demands. It's important to understand that the old testament of the bible is very detailed about the time before Jesus Christ sacrificed His life for us. It was a time where you had to do animal sacrifices and put these types of offerings before the Lord to be in right standing with Him. Just how many laws were there? Just over 600! How could a person in those times really experience victory in the sight of God? Well, it might seem difficult but it had to do more with the heart. When a person realized they could not possibly satisfy the law's demands, they were hopefully more aware of their place before God and confess that they have sinned and fallen short of His glory.
The promise of a savior can be found throughout the old testament, and is quoted many times by Jesus and the apostles as a confirmation of the truth of the good news of Jesus Christ. So, yes, thanks be to God who gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! This victory is made available to you when you confess that you are a sinner, and that there is no way you could reach God without Jesus as your Lord and savior (John 14:6) You must realize that the consequence of your sin is death for all eternity. (Romans 6:23) This is no light consequence, but it's important that you know that there is hope in Jesus Christ.
"if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
If you want real victory, then that would be freedom from death and life forevermore with our loving father, who gave up His son for us all (John 3:16). What else would He not withhold from us? (Romans 8:32) The love of God is insurmountable, and the victory is yours when you give your life to Him.