Outstanding Love, Overwhelming Victory and Overflowing Peace

” … so outstanding is His love …”(Psalm 103:11)

” … overwhelming victory is ours …” (Romans 8:37).

“The peace of God that passes all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). This is the overflowing peace of God – The peace of God in our hearts is an overflow from the God of peace, who, in Jesus Christ, has come to live in our hearts.

* The overflowing peace of God comes to us from the outstanding love of God.

* The overflowing peace of God comes to us from the overwhelming victory of God.

– Let us receive the outstanding love of God.

– Let us rejoice in the overwhelming victory of God.

– Let us rest in the overflowing peace of God.

Jesus is the way of salvation, joy and victory.

  • Jesus is the way of salvation – Concerning “the Name of Jesus Christ”, Peter tells us that “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:10, 12).
  • Jesus is the way of joy – Jesus tells us, “In the world, you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
  • Jesus is the way of victory – Paul gives to us this word of encouragement: “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).

Amazing Grace

Amazing grace – this is the marvellous theme of this chapter. Abram became Abraham (Genesis 17:5). Sarai became Sarah (Genesis 17:15-16). What they were belonged to their sinful past. What they became was the work of God’s grace. What a contrast there is between human sin and divine grace. We look at ourselves. We see sin, and we lose hope. We look at the God of grace, and we say, ‘Sin shall not have dominion. Grace is victorious’ (Romans 6:14). Abram and Sarai appeared to be hopeless cases. They had failed the Lord, but He did not fail them. He made them new people. They became the father and mother of nations. To those who do not deserve His love, God still renews His ‘covenant’, His promise of love (Genesis 17:2). He still says, ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love’ (Jeremiah 31:3). In the Cross of Christ, we have the greatest ‘sign of the covenant’ (Genesis 17:11; Romans 5:8).

Christ Has Won The Victory For Us. Let Us Claim His Victory By Faith.

In Genesis 3:1, we read of ‘the serpent’. Here he is again – ‘that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan’.

*He is a powerful enemy. He ‘leads the whole world astray’. He is a determined enemy. ‘Day and night’, he is busy, accusing God’s children.

* He is a defeated enemy. ‘They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb…’. This is not only Christ’s victory over Satan. This is our victory in Christ, the victory Christ has won for us.

Why is Satan so busy? It’s because ‘he knows his time is short’ (Revelation 12:9-12).

How are we to take our stand against Satan? We must listen to the Word of God: ‘He who has an ear, let him hear’. We must obey the Word of God: ‘This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness…’ (Revelation 13:9). Christ has won the victory for us. Let us claim His victory by faith.

When Satan comes with his many temptations, remind him of what the Lord has done for you.

With ‘patient endurance’, we are to ‘obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus’ (Revelation 14:12), This will not be easy. Satan will do all that he can to defeat us. How can we be ‘victorious’ over him? We must rejoice in all that God has done for His people, Israel. He delivered them from their bondage in Egypt. We sing ‘the song of Moses’. Beyond the great event of the Exodus, there is something even more wonderful. We rejoice in what God has done for us – ‘In Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself’. We sing ‘the song of the Lamb’ (Revelation 15:2-3; Deuteronomy 7:7-8; 2 Corinthians 5:19). we hear God’s call – ‘Fear God and give Him glory’. We consider His ‘great and marvellous deeds’. In our hearts, we say, ‘Who will not fear You, O Lord, and bring glory to Your Name’ (Revelation 14:7; Revelation 15:3-4).

The light is shining brightly – “the Kingdom of heaven is near” (Matthew 4:17).

Matthew 4:12-17 

Having overcome His enemy, Jesus begins His ministry. Satan will be back – Luke ends his account of Jesus’ temptations with these ominous words, ‘When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left until an opportune time’ (Matthew 4:12). Satan will try again, but – for now – he has failed to stop Jesus setting out on His ministry, a ministry which brings light into the darkness. The light is shining brightly – ‘the Kingdom of heaven is near’ (Matthew 4:17). Jesus’ ministry is viewed as a fulfilment of Old Testament  prophecy  (Matthew 4:15-16; Isaiah 9:1-2). The prophecy had been given: Death will be overcome, men and women will be delivered from ‘the shadow of death’. Now, in Christ, the prophecy has been fulfilled: by His death, Christ has destroyed ‘him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil’ and He has set ‘free’ those who live in ‘fear of death’ (Hebrews 2:14-15).

Satan is our enemy. He is powerful, determined – and defeated!

In Genesis 3:1, we read of  ‘the serpent’. We read of him again in Revelation 12:9 – ‘that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan’. He is a powerful enemy. He ‘leads the whole world astray’. He is a determined enemy. ‘Day and night’, he is busy, accusing God’s children. He is a defeated enemy. ‘They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb…’. This is not only Christ’s victory over Satan. This is our victory in Christ, the victory Christ has won for us. Why is Satan so busy? It’s because ‘he knows his time is short’ (Revelation 12:9-12). How are we to take our stand against Satan? We must listen to the Word of God: ‘He who has an ear, let him hear’. We must obey the Word of God: ‘This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness…’ (Revelation 13:9). Christ has won the victory for us. Let us claim His victory by faith.