Wednesday, March 22, 2006

The “Overcomers” Overcome by Being Overcome

We know Who wins the final battle in the end, but how do we take part in winning that battle? What if followers of Christ (the “overcomers”) are an army that actually wins by being defeated? I believe the struggle between the Church and its enemy in the end times is an oxymoronic battle that is only similar to the battle between God and Satan at the cross.

…so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places. This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord… (Ephesians 3:10-11)

When Satan physically overcame Christ on the cross, Christ spiritually overcame Satan.

When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him. (Colossians 2:15)

Likewise, in the final 3.5 years, when Satan physically overcomes the Church, the Church will also spiritually overcome Satan.

And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. (Revelation 12:11)

Christ and the Church have already overcome Satan, but it will come to its finality and complete fruition in the end.

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel. (Genesis 3:15)

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. (Romans 16:20)

Therefore, the wisdom of God displayed to Satan at the cross is being displayed at present also, but will once again be displayed in it’s entirety through the Church in the end times when we overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb.

The last will be first. Lose to win.

1 comment:

Recovering said...

It makes me wonder where the line is sometimes between fighting for what's right and giving up because you know you're ultimately going to lose the political, physical, and cultural war. Know what I mean?