There’s nothing that can stop our God.
What does this mean for us, personally?
What are we called to do because of this?
Why this matters to you.
In John 16:33 Jesus tells His disciples that in Him there is peace. How do we get access to that peace? Through the Holy Spirit we are united with Christ; We are clothed with His accomplishes, His worthiness to stand before God, and His righteousness. Jesus says, “take heart; I have overcome the world.” Because we are in Christ and Christ is in us, the victory that Jesus accomplished on the cross is credited to us. Jesus has carried the entire weight of our burdens, our shame, and our guilt to the cross. Here is the good news – all of those things died with Christ. All that was resurrected was Christ in all His glory and victory. Our burdens, shame, and guilt remain in the grave and will never be resurrected.
That is all great news, but what are we called to do with this victory? 2 Corinthians 2:14 says that God, in Christ, “through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere.” Because nothing can stand against our God there is nothing for us to fear. Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation.” However, we are not called to cocoon ourselves in our homes in fear of being disliked and laughed at because of our belief in Jesus, but to be the fragrance of God in the world. Christ’s victory that God credits to us gives us undeserved confidence to be the love of God in the world. If God’s “understanding is beyond measure” like Psalm 147 says, we can trust that He will be with us in the hardships that come with spreading His name and making disciples. Nothing can stand against our God. God’s will is greater than ours. God’s plans are better than ours. It is so much better to stand with God and do His work in the world than to attempt the impossible – to stand against God.
Let the victory of Christ impact the way you live your life. Let the fragrance of the Good News of Jesus spread to those around you. Let yourself be vulnerable to hurt by letting others know of to the glorious grace of our God. This is the best and hardest news to hear because when you really hear it everything must change.