Victory in Jesus, Not In Us

The bad news is, we don’t wield the means of victory. It’s just not in us–look at all the mistakes.

But the good news is that the victory’s in Jesus Christ Our Lord. “So Christ is moving His church forward,” Mark Rushdoony writes, “but we’re also learning the hard way that sin doesn’t work…”

Here’s more: “So there is no man, no nation, no movement in history that can be given real credit for the continuity of the Kingdom of God. It’s the work of Christ and the Holy Spirit.”

God knows, the constant drumbeat of really bad news, the degeneration of our culture for everyone to see–one might easily feel overwhelmed.

But we don’t have to. Read on, read on.

(Andrea Schwartz conducted the interview from which this text is taken.)


‘Could the Book of Revelation Be Our Guide to Victory?’

What could be a more appropriate message? God has promised us “victory in Jesus”!

Christians have been arguing about the Book of Revelation for centuries, without ever coming to a universally-held interpretation. Want to start a fight? Start a conversation about eschatology–and duck.

But! We have some guidance from Martin Selbrede, who warns us against adopting carved-in-stone positions and defending them against the rest of the Church.

Martin’s interview (with Andrea Schwartz) on “Out of the Question” is a feast of insight into Revelation and Christian eschatology. I’ve been listening to it all afternoon. It’s 78 minutes long–which for some of us constitutes a serious investment of time–but in the end, well worth it.

A startling message: “There is victory throughout the Book of Revelation… if we have eyes to see it.” Victory for King Jesus, victory for the Church.

An unexpected insight: the books of Genesis and Revelation may be seen as a pair of bookends, between which we find all the rest of the Bible. Remove the bookends, and what do you get?

Anyway, I can’t possibly sum up everything Martin has to say. I’ve provided the link so you can hear it for yourself.

Oh, and one more thing: regardless of your take on eschatology, the important thing is to keep God’s commandments and work for His Kingdom. No Christian can do very wrong, if he does that.

By Request, ‘Victory in Jesus’

Ah! We have a hymn request! This one from Thewhiterabbit for Victory in Jesus, sung by the Gaither Group. It always strikes me as odd to see people singing hymns sitting down, but you can’t deny the hymn gets sung.

By Request, ‘Victory in Jesus’

We start our day with a hymn request from SlimJim–Victory in Jesus, sung by a congregation of The Church of God. It’s a very spirited rendition! We never sang like this in the old Dutch Reformed Church…

By Request, ‘Victory in Jesus’

We have a hymn request from Thewhiterabbit–Victory in Jesus, sung by the Gaither Group.

See how easy it is? If you’re new here, and would like to share a hymn–well, all you’ve got to do is ask.

‘Victory in Jesus’

We like to start each blogging day with a hymn, so we’ll have done at least one thing right that day. Today’s hymn: Victory in Jesus, sung by Burl Ives.

‘Victory in Jesus’

I had never heard this classic hymn before–Victory in Jesus, published in 1939 by Mr. Barlett. Sung here by Burl Ives.


‘Victory in Jesus’

This hymn, Victory in Jesus, is from 1939, and here enjoys a spirited rendition by the choir and congregation at The Church of God. I’d never heard it until this morning.

NOTE: I am requesting your requests! I’ve taken on the duty to post at least one hymn here every day, and I’d have a much easier time of it if more of you would request hymns. At the very least, I’d be repeating myself less often. So many of you have never asked! Come on, now, don’t be shy–make a joyful noise unto the Lord.

‘Victory in Jesus’

Here’s a hymn that you can say “Amen!” to; and there’s a story that goes with it, too.

Eugene Bartlett, born in 1885, was a successful businessman who founded the Hartford Music Company and Music Institute. His purpose was to publish hymns and hymnals and train singers and musicians to glorify God. He wrote many of the hymns in his hymnal himself–over 800 in all, which is getting into Fanny Crosby numbers.

Victory in Jesus–here sung by a congregation at the New Testament Baptist Church in Northfield, Ohio–was published in 1939. It was the last hymn Barlett wrote before his death in 1941. He only lived 56 years, but he certainly accomplished much.