Last week, we saw how one shepherd boy David represented the entire nation of Israel, when the battle lines were drawn against the Philistines, and overcame the giant Goliath. And how it all relates to the representational and REAL victory Jesus has wrought for us on Calvary-on behalf of us and as a Man. Some Biblical scholars point out that when David cut-off the head of the giant, he brought it to Jerusalem and buried it in a place that later came to be known as “the place of the skull” – Golgatha. This is the same place on Mount Calvary, where Jesus, as he hung on the cross, had the prophecy fulfilled that the Seed of the woman would crush the head of Satan, as written in the book of Genesis 3:15 “He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”

And we see how in Rev. 13:3, there stands a “brain-dead” beast whose head had had a fatal wound, and that his fatal wound was healed. It is our Savior-Jesus who triumphed over the beast- over sin, over death, crushing the head of Satan and stripping him and his cronies of their powers, and making them a public spectacle (yes, again just as David did) as written in Col. 2:15.

This beast and Satan is that accuser of the brothers and sisters (of Jesus), and he constantly accuses them before the throne of God. What then is the victory for us? As it is written, “They overcame him by the blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony…” The word of our testimony simply means that we confess and witness what the blood of Jesus has done for us in totally cleansing our sin, and what Jesus death has bought for us – victory and everlasting life, and what Jesus’ resurrection means for us now – our Justification and a right standing before God. And when we make this our testimony, the accuser of the brothers and sisters is hurled down. (Rev. 12: 10. 11). As I said earlier, the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony is like the sling and the stone of David against Goliath, that will surely make the enemy fall flat on his face.

Now this representational victory is not uncommon even in the world. For example, when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, he spoke thus: “One step for man – a giant leap for mankind”. And when Tenzing’s son was asked why he too had not climbed Mt. Everest, he replied: “My father climbed Everest so that we wouldn’t have to“. What significant statements made by these; they understood what a representational victory means to them.

Tenzing's son

And now today, we will see how the victory actually relates to righteous by faith (in Jesus), and not righteousness by law (of works).

In Deut. 30:11-15, 19, we find Moses giving his final instructions, actually as a prophecy that will be fulfilled in Jesus. He says, “Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the WORD is very NEAR you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may OBEY it. See, I set before you today, LIFE and PROSPERITY, death and destruction. [19] This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you LIFE and death, BLESSINGS and curses. NOW choose LIFE, so that you and your children may live.”

In this passage, there is a mix of righteousness by law (and works) and righteousness by faith in Jesus (WORD). And thank God, for Apostle Paul who rightly divides the word of God for us in Romans 10: 5-11.

Moses writes this about the righteousness that is by the law: “The person who does these things will live by them.” BUT the righteousness that is BY FAITH says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The WORD is NEAR you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is the MESSAGE concerning FAITH that WE PROCLAIM; For it is with your HEART that you BELIEVE and are JUSTIFIED, and it is with your MOUTH that you PROFESS YOUR FAITH and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in Him [JESUS] will NEVER be put to shame.

Rom. 10:4 says, “CHRIST is the culmination of the LAW so that there may be RIGHTEOUSNESS for EVERYONE who BELIEVES.”

We must realise this, beloved, that we are not saved by good works and righteousness that is by the law; neither are we saved by repentance and confession of sins as some do preach. And no, we are not saved by saying a coined “Salvation Prayer”.

We are saved by BELIEVING in JESUS; this FAITH is immediately, to us, credited with RIGHTEOUSNESS, just as Abraham believed (even before law came), and IT was accounted to him for righteousness (Gen. 15:6, and incidentally the first time “righteousness” appears in the Bible). This is the righteousness by faith that we preach and profess!

Apostle Paul says in another place, “and be found in Him (JESUS), NOT HAVING my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;” – Phil. 3:9

If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Rom. 10:9). This the WORD that is in your mouth and in your heart, that leads to LIFE and wholeness (salvation).

Choose Life! Choose Jesus!

No Jesus! No life! Know Jesus, know life!

Today we can believe in Jesus and what He has done for us on Calvary, and how he rose up the third day. We may then confess, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.”

 

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