Can you think of a time in your life when you thought of yourself as “invincible?” This kind of attitude usually characterizes the young and healthy; I know I have been there. But the fact of the matter is, all of us live this way to a certain degree without even realizing it. We go about our daily life living confidently and independently as much as possible, yet failing to recognize that the only reason we live, move, and have our being is because of God’s presiding power and His benevolent grace.
The truth is, we are invincible, but not in the way you might think. We mistakenly interpret this biblical truth with an application of self-interest. We name and claim verses of scripture like, “We can do all things through Christ…” with no regard for its theological context or God’s eternal kingdom. We may even have a healthy view of God’s sovereignty, yet maintain an immature response. God does not give us everything we want or need simply for us to live “the good life” now. He promises to bless above and beyond what we could ever think or ask for the building up of the body and for the glory of God (Eph. 3:20-21).
Jesus reveals a promise for the church in Matthew 16 that ought to shape our perspective and priorities. For the last 2000+ years Jesus has been building His church with the promise that death will not prevail against her (Matt. 16:18). This reality gives us great confidence, but it should also provoke a like-minded passion to see this work continue within our local assembly. As we learn to live our lives for the glory of God and for the building up of His church, may we rest in the fact that God will see this accomplished. If the Lord tarries, yes, we will experience physical death, but praise be to God that spiritual death will not have its way and God’s church will prevail. May we be faithful in our service to this invincible and incredibly important work of Christ. –Pastor Nate
Sunday at Liberty
- AM: Pastor Nate- Matthew 16:13-20 The Messiah’s Invincible Church (sermon notes)
- PM: No Service
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