Victory in the Victor!

Sin was our master—
We, its willing slave;
(Rom. 6:20)
The ‘old man’ triumphant
‘Twixt birth and the grave.
Its deathknell sounded
As the veil was rent;
(Matt. 27:51)
Christ died on the cross,
(Rom. 5:8)
And sin’s fury was spent.

When He rose from the dead
Victorious o’er sin,
He offered new life
(John 5:24)
To those of our kin.
He ascended to Heaven
(Acts 1:9)
To the Father’s right hand;
(Heb. 12:2)
There to seat us in glory,
(Eph. 2:6)
Sin’s presence to remand.

In Christ we died to sin;
(Rom. 6:11)
But sin—it did not die,
And through our personalities
For control it still does vie.
When by permission or deceit
Our wills it does enmesh,
(Rom. 6:13a)
We have given reign
To an enemy called Flesh.

The ‘old man’ died with Christ,
(Rom. 6:6)
But flesh (self) is with us still;
(Gal. 5:17)
We accede to sin’s behest
In the domain of our will.
(Rom. 6:12)
The flesh, too, is crucified—
Its affections and its lusts;
(Gal. 5:24)
To bring its deeds to death,
(Rom. 8:13)
The Cross again we trust! (2 Cor. 4:11)

Our Head’s in the heavenlies
(Eph. 2:6)
And our feet on the Earth;
Our minds are renewed
(Rom. 12:2)
To know our true worth.
(Eph. 1:6)
Our talk is affected
By Christ our true Head;
(Eph. 5:23b)
Our walk is affected
(Gal. 5:25)
As by Him we are led.
(Rom. 8:14)

Constant victory is promised
(2 Cor. 2:14)
As in Christ we are placed;
(1 Cor. 1:30)
It becomes our portion
As Self (flesh) is effaced.
As He lives His life
(Gal. 2:20b)
Which only is meet,
His joy in us—our joy is full;
(John 15:11)
In Him we are complete! (Col. 2:9,10)

Then, your life is hidden in God;
(Col. 3:3)
And all spiritual blessings you gain; (Eph. 1:3)
Things of this world lose their pull,
And only things eternal remain.
(Heb. 12;27)
Together we look for the blessed hope—
(Titus 2:12,13)
And eagerly await that loud cry;
(1 Thes. 4:16)
His coming back will be as He went, (Acts 1:11)
And we will meet Him in the sky! (1 Thes. 4:17)

Charles R. Solomon

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