Christus Victor

The gospel is like the sun with its brilliance, glory, and diverse rays of light. Every beam of light from the gospel sun is a different facet of gospel glory. There is the beam of redemption, reconciliation, justification and propitiation. Each beam of gospel light tells us something unique about God, ourselves, sin, and salvation. Christus Victor is another ray of gospel light. It focuses on Christ, our Warrior who comes to wage war on all that threatens our eternal well being. Here are are a few texts that focus on this angle.

  1. Hebrews 2:14-16- “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham.”
  2. Colossians 2:13-15- “Having forgiven us all our trespasses,  by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.
  3. 1 John 3:8- “Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.
My heart has been overwhelmed with gratitude for the gospel as I have given attention to this theme. God is a Warrior. When Jesus comes in the flesh he is showing us the glory of God’s warrior-like strength and zeal. I love this.