As I write, top medical advisers, scientists and politicians are warning of the real threat of a SECOND WAVE of the coronavirus pandemic in the UK. They are preparing for a SECOND FIGHT to defeat it and prevent the loss of yet more lives. It is comforting for Christians to know that their deadliest foes (Satan, sin and death) were defeated once and for all by Jesus Christ at Calvary. The Bible says of Him, ‘But this Man, after He had offered ONE SACRIFICE FOR SINS FOREVER, sat down at the right hand of God’, Hebrews chapter 10 verse 12. His victory was final and complete – there is NO SECOND FIGHT to be fought to bring us salvation. Those who put their trust in Him as their Saviour can safely say, with the apostle Paul, ‘Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? . . . For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord’, Romans chapter 8 verses 35, 38-39.
Horatius Bonar, the well-known 19th century Scottish poet and hymn writer, once said, ‘For we are not saved by believing in our own salvation, nor by believing anything what soever about ourselves’. He also wrote the lines of the following hymn:
We thank Thee for the blood, the blood of Christ, Thy Son;
The blood by which our peace is made, our victory is won:
Great victory o’er hell and sin and woe,
THAT NEEDS NO SECOND FIGHT AND LEAVES NO SECOND FOE.
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