Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.
—1 Corinthians 15:24-25
Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing,
were not the right Man on our side,
the Man of God’s own choosing.
You ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth His name,
from age to age the same;
and He must win the battle.
As all history prepared the world for our Lord’s First Advent, so it is now ‘making straight His way’ for His Second Coming, when He shall be seen not in a manger but on a throne of glory; not as the victim, but as the Victor.
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Great God, we bless Thee that the battle between Thyself and the powers of darkness has never been uncertain. We praise Thy name that now it is for ever sure to end in victory. Our hearts this morning, amidst the struggles of the present day, would look back to the conflicts of Calvary, and see how our Lord for ever there broke the dragon’s head. Oh, that Thy people this morning might know that they are contending with a vanquished enemy, that they go forth to fight against one who, with all his subtlety and all his strength, has already been overthrown by Him who is our Covenant Head, our Leader, our Husband, our all. … Amen.
THE SCRIPTURE QUOTATION IS TAKEN FROM THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW KING JAMES VERSION.
(1) TAKEN FROM A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR GOD, BY MARTIN LUTHER, TRANSLATED BY FREDERICK H. HEDGE. WORK IS IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN.
(2) TAKEN FROM THE REDEEMER’S RETURN, BY ARTHUR W. PINK. WORK IS IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN.
(3) TAKEN FROM THE PASTOR IN PRAYER: A COLLECTION OF THE SUNDAY MORNING PRAYERS OF C.H. SPURGEON, PUBLISHED BY THE BANNER OF TRUTH TRUST, EDINBURGH
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