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Winning is Not Passively Waiting

Christ’s ascension gives us another clue as to what it means for the Church to win. The Scriptures reveal something very special about Christ’s ascension and what He expects us to be doing until He returns:

“Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” (Hebrews 10:11-14)

Notice what Jesus did: He sat the down. His cry on the cross, “It is finished,” now reaches its ultimate fulfillment as Jesus, our priest, takes His seat. The atonement has been made and our redemption is secured. Jesus now sits in the position of ultimate authority. Paul writes, “[God raised Christ] from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet (Ephesians 1:20-23)

So now what? What is our response to this amazing truth? This passage tells us, “Since that time (the time of His exaltation) he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. How will this happen? How will Christ’s enemies become His footstool?

Here is where our identity as the Church begins to emerge. Our job is to bring the Kingdom to earth by preaching the good news about our Great King and by extending His Lordship over all creation! We are not passively waiting for Christ to do this by Himself. While we recognize the complete subjection of every enemy will not be fully realized until He comes, we, nonetheless, have been given the authority and power to encounter our enemy, satan, wherever and whenever we find him. This is our call and our privilege as sons and daughters of the King.

Theologian Elton Trueblood observed, “Perhaps the greatest single weakness of the contemporary Christian Church is that millions of supposed members are not really involved at all and, what is worse, do not think it strange that they are not. As soon as we recognize Christ’s intention to make his Church a militant company we understand at once that the conventional arrangement cannot suffice. There is no real chance of victory in a campaign if ninety percent of the soldiers are untrained and uninvolved, but that is exactly where we stand now.”

Winning is not merely watching or waiting. Winning means enlisting in the army and enforcing the victory of our exalted King!

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