Jam 4:1-10; Rom 6:23; Luk 6:21; Col 3:1-17; Col 2:13-15; Joh 16:33; Rom 5:20-21; 8:1-4; 1Co 15:51-58
PRCHR-94-170430 - length: 67:20 - taught on Apr, 30 2017
Death is swallowed up in victory
Those enemies are the flesh, the world, and the devil with his principalities and powers.
Our laughter turns into mourning when we realize that the wages of sin is death.
But this is not the end! The free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus!!
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.
Our pride gets knocked down when we come face to face with our death.
Mourning leads to humility and humility leads to a
new appreciation of the grace of God.
So we let the Lord’s power deal with our enemies.
The Spirit wars against the flesh.
Jesus has overcome the world.
And the armor of God sends the principalities and powers packing.
And mourning can be a season that prepares us for the harvest of a more humble heart.
James sees the life of God’s people through the lens of the Old Testament.
The Old Testament speaks to the sons of Israel, God’s earthly people.
We are God’s heavenly people. Paul’s epistles teach us who we are, and how we are to live.
“You have died.”
Your life is now a heavenly life.
But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
We face the same enemies as the people to whom James wrote did.
Except that we face them
from a heavenly vantage point, and with heavenly resources.
Christ has gained the victory for us over all our enemies -
- sin, death, the flesh, the world, and the principalities and powers.
Rich man, poor man
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