Unparalleled Victory

by Spiros Zodhiates

The Olympics involve a struggle for victory. "Struggle" in Greek is the word ago\n from which comes the English word "agonize."  In 1 Timothy 6:12, the apostle Paul advises young Timothy to fight [ago\nzou from "ago\nzomai] "the good fight" which means to compete without hatred in one's heart. It intimates that as an individual he is able to do something better than others.

In 2 Timothy 4:7, Paul speaks of himself as having finished the course. A course (drmos) is not the way (ho\hods). Drmos is a specified distance, odos is the best way to run the distance. In John 14:6, Jesus Christ said, "I am the way, the truth and the life." These three: the way, the truth, and the life are to be taken as one. The way is the proper way, the truth is the correct way, and the life is spiritual life.

In John 3:15, we find that the life Jesus gives is the result of believing in Him. Eternal life (aionios) means everlasting life, and this is the spiritual life which is given to the believer that Christ is God (John 1:1c). The verb "to have" means the one who believes can have eternal life immediately. Jesus Christ promises that the spiritual life He gives every believer is immediate and no man can take it away from him (John 10:29).

There are two Greek nouns that mean "victory": Nko refers to victory during one's life time (1 John 5:4); and nkos  refers  to the final triumph. Jesus won triumph over death as He rose from death. This is the eternal life that Jesus Christ gives to everyone who believes.

Eternal life results in victory during one's lifetime and triumph at the end. This victory which is offered through faith in Jesus Christ is indeed unparalleled. Everyone participating in the Olympics is struggling for a gold, silver, or bronze medal. You may win eternal life-Nko or nkos-through simple faith in Jesus Christ. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will have eternal life that only Christ can give you.

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