Commentary By: Gordon King
Trials and tribulations, pain and suffering, persecution and scoffing, we have seen it all, lived through it all, and many of us are in the midst of it all! Knowing these things we can be assured that in it all and through it all we are victorious!
How do I know these things, how can I be so sure that this is true? Because I know who I am, and I know who I follow, Jesus Christ!
Jesus Christ was not only a man, but God Himself! Part of a Trinity, a Godhead, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He is sitting at the right hand of our Father in heaven, yet He has been around before the foundation of the world.
1 Genesis 1:26
‘Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;” ‘
In Genesis 1:26, God said let us make man in “Our” image. There was not anyone else around but God, so just who is He referring to here? He is referring to the other parts of the Godhead, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit!
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.“
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.“
Jesus Christ is God, He has always been, and will always be! He created all things, and holds all things together.
“All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.“
“He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
So as we read and study scripture we can see that Jesus Christ is God, that He has always been around, that He created all things, and that He holds all things together. If this is true, and it is, then we can rest assured that if we place our trust and faith in Jesus Christ, then we are already victorious! That He will make all things work together for our good.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.“
And if we are believers in Jesus Christ, then we have been called according to His purpose. Amen.
But, it doesn’t stop there. Jesus Christ took even more steps to show us that He is the One who is in control, and that without Him we are helpless.
He died on the cross and shed His blood to pay our sin debt. He didn’t have to do this, I mean if He is God, in control of all things, holding all things together, then He could have just said “Ok, if you believe in me then you are saved”. But He didn’t do that, He came to meet us where we are, in the flesh, to relate to us on our level. Not only did He come in the flesh, He gave Himself, His physical life as a sacrifice for our sins. That is the most sacrificial thing that anyone could do for another human, to give ones own life. Unconditional, merciful, and full of grace!
But it didn’t end there, He also went down to Hades or Sheol after His death, in order to defeat death!
“For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”
“For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.“
“Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, 31 he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption.“
1 Peter 3:19
“by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison,“
I believe that Jesus went there in order preach to the spirits in prison (Hades) about the truth, but also to defeat the power of death for the saved. That in our physical death we no longer go to a place (either Hades or Abraham’s bosom), but as believers are reunited in heaven with Jesus!
God is in control of all things, good and evil. Not that He is the cause of evil in the world, however, He does allow it to happen. He can make it rain, and He can take away the rain. He can cause plagues, and gives in abundance. He allows pain and suffering for many reasons, but the main reason is for repentance of sins, for rebellious people to turn from their wicked ways and seek Him, and this even includes the saved. Other times He allows it in order for us to learn, to grow, and to increase our faith in Him. Jesus Christ is all-knowing, the past, the present, and the future. He knows what Satan will do, He knows what will happen in the end, and He knows that Satan has been defeated! He knows that He will rule and reign for a thousand years, and He knows that all who believe in Him will live with Him forever in eternity!
Our God, all-knowing, all-powerful, and in all places at the same time! Holding all things together, controlling all things, and with us forever. Having made us the temples of His Holy Spirit, we are His precious possessions! Made in His likeness, for His purpose, and in His kingdom. What more could we ask?!
God loves us so very much, much more than we know! We are His prized possessions, being made kings and priests to rule and reign in His kingdom.
As children of the Most High God of the universe we are already victorious! And although we may have to suffer yet a little while, it is nothing compared to the endless amount of time we will have forever with the Lord! Amen.
God bless my friends! Maranatha!