“Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the victory. . .” (I Chronicles 29:11a).
Victory (Heb. Netsach): A goal, Splendor, the bright object toward which we travel, Truthfulness, Confidence (from I Chron.29:11)
Victory (Gr. Nikos, from Nike): A conquest, triumph
The glorious aspect of our God is His magnanimous Spirit to bring us with Him in all He does and is (cf. Hebrews 2:10). His great victory over His enemies was not for Himself alone, but on our behalf and for us to receive and in which to live. Yes, we can live a victorious and triumphant life in Christ, our Lord and Savior today.
There are two great enemies of God and man: sin and death. God, in Christ claimed victory over both of these great enemies; first in the Cross and second in the Resurrection, and both of these great victories are for the Saints.
“That as sin has reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 5:21). Thus says the Apostle to the Church at Rome and to all the Saints for all time.
First Sin reigned over the Saints; now righteousness reigns. Death came upon us as a consequence of Sin, now eternal life reigns through the righteousness of Christ. This is our victory through our faith in Him. “For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith” (I John 5:4).
The embodiment of Sin is called the Man of Sin (cf. II Thessalonians 2:3). The spirit of the Man of Sin is at work in all ages and is at work in our time through the spirit of Antichrist, called the Beast in the Scriptures. In Revelation, the Apostle John saw by a vision a great sign in heaven and was made to see “a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the Beast, and over the Image, and over his Mark, and over the number of his name. . .” (Revelation 15:2). These were singing “the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying Great and marvelous are Thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of Saints” (Revelation 15:3).
The victory of God our King, the Conquest, the Triumph of His mighty works and ways through the Cross and by His Resurrection from the dead translate to and are conferred upon the Saints in whom He works; first through Christ in the Incarnation and second through the Holy Spirit indwelling the Saints in the Life of the Ekklesia, His Body. It is through His Body that Christ is being glorified in the earth today (cf. II Thessalonians 1:10). It is through His Body that the triumphant victory of Christ is working and through whom Christ is being glorified and magnified to the rulers of the darkness of this evil age; those now living under the system of the Beast.
We live in perilous times, troublesome times, like Winter when all is barren and covered in ice and snow. We need an abiding place, a place to dwell, to work, and live in the Kingdom of God. The Apostle Paul found such a place during his tribulations. He wrote to Titus, his faithful Brother in the Lord and companion in faith: “When I shall send Artemas to you, or Tychicus, be diligent to come to me to Nicopolis; for I have determined there to winter” (Titus 3:12). Nicopolis means “the victorious city”.
In all your trials, troubles, tribulations and the times of winter, find your Nicopolis, your victorious city in Christ Jesus. Like Abraham, look to the Lord by faith and seek for that City “which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:10).
Christ Jesus, the victory of the saints.