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Victory in Jesus

The Bible has much to say about the Christian’s victory in this life.  The apostle John writes, “For whatsoever is begotten of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that hath overcome the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4).  Through “faith” the Christian will be victorious.  The word “victory” (Greek – nike) is defined by Liddell and Scott’s Greek English Lexicon as “victory in battle; in the games… victory over opponents… generally, the upper hand, ascendancy… to keep the fruits of victory… Nike, the goddess of victory” (LS 533). 

What generally comes to mind when one hears the Greek word nike is the world’s leading supplier of athletic shoes and apparel.  The manufacturer of sports equipment led the industry in 2008 with $ 18.6 billion in sales and employed more than 30,000 people worldwide.  The company is named after the Greek goddess of victory; i.e., Nike.  Grand words of success and triumph are used to define nike.  Paul tell us that such triumph in life belongs to the faithful.  The apostle writes, “But thanks be unto God, who always leadeth us in triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest through us the savor of his knowledge in every place” (2 Corinthians 2:14) (see also John 16:25-33; 1 Corinthians 15:56-57; Revelation 2:7, 10). Continue reading » Victory in Jesus