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War Study (Part 6)

As we wrap up our look at the King and His role in the battle, I hope that you find yourself with a different perspective of Him.  Previously, when struggling through the heat of a battle, the image in my head was that of a gracious Father watching from above, seeing my every move & aware of my every need.  It’s a beautiful picture, and I found it comforting.  But now, I don’t envision Him watching from above; instead, I see Him going before me, watching my back, and standing ready at either side, defending me against blows that I was never even aware of due to His adept skill at deflecting them. It brings a greater peace; the idea of truly sitting still in the eye of the storm, knowing it can come no closer than He allows. Does that mean an enemy’s arrow never strikes its target?

Unfortunately, no, it doesn’t. Sometimes the King in His infinite wisdom allows the enemy greater access than I’d like, just like he did with Job. Other times, I step out of His will, essentially venturing out on my own. Regardless of whether I step out on my own or the enemy’s assault has hit everything I love, the King still always has a plan; He’s never caught off guard, and I trust Him.

Let’s look next a few key passages that establish will help us see that our King doesn’t fight to establish His rule.  It’s already established. Instead, our King fights for our freedom.

  • Read Hebrews 2, 1 Corinthians 15, and Revelation 19:11 – 20:15
  • Now that you’ve read the entire passages, you should have an idea of the context within which each was written.  Go back and re-read Hebrews 2:9-15, I Corinthians 15: 20-26 and 54-58, and Revelation 19:16 and 20:14.
  • Do you see any common thread running through these passages as it pertains to the victory our King will have?

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  • In Hebrews 2:14, the word “destroy” comes from the Greek word Katargeo (kat-arg-eh’-o), which means “to be (render) entirely idle (useless)…bring (come) to nought, put away/put down, vanish away, make void.”  The verse specifically says that Jesus became flesh and blood so that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death.  1 Corinthians 15:25 & 26 says He must reign until He has put all of His enemies under His feet and the last enemy to be destroyed is death. And of course, in Revelation 20:14, we find that death & hell were cast into the lake of fire.
  • In Genesis 2:17, God warned Adam not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, telling him, “for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”  While that death wasn’t immediate, it was certain & unavoidable. Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.  Hebrews 2:15 points out that Christ came in the flesh, died & rose so that he could destroy the one who had the power of death so that He could “deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”
  • From the very beginning, the enemy established his “rule” in death and our King established His in life. Ponder that and then consider again, those last verses in 1 Corinthians 15 where we find that death is swallowed up in victory.  In verse 56, the “sting of death” is actually defined. What is it? Why is this important to our faith?  What does it tell you about your King?  Why does your freedom matter to Him?
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