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Songs celebrating victory in war were common among ancient people. Israel’s victory songs were marked by great praise to God, because Israelites acknowledged that God was the one who gave them victory (Exodus 15:1-18; Judges 5; Psalms 18; see also WAR).

The New Testament uses the illustration of warfare in giving teaching about the Christian’s conflict with evil, a conflict in which God again is the one who brings victory (2 Corinthians 10:3-4; Ephesians 6:10-18; see also ARMOUR; WEAPONS). Satan is the enemy of God’s people, but Christians can be assured of victory over him because of Christ’s victory over him (Luke 4:1-13; Luke 10:18; Revelation 12:7-11; see SATAN; TEMPTATION). Because of Satan’s power in the world, Christians have a conflict with the world and its evil ways, but again through faith in Christ they are guaranteed victory (Romans 8:35-37; James 4:4; 1 John 2:15; 1 John 5:19; see WORLD).

Within themselves likewise Christians have a conflict. Their old human nature, the flesh, still tries to rule them, but Christ has conquered the flesh so that they may no longer be under its power. By faith Christ’s victory becomes theirs (Romans 8:1-4; see FLESH).

The final victory will be the conquest of death at Christ’s return. All God’s people will be raised to new life in glorified spiritual bodies, and will be free for ever from the effects of sin. Having established complete authority over all things, Christ will then deliver his victorious kingdom to the Father (1 Corinthians 15:24-28; 1 Corinthians 15:54; see RESURRECTION).

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Fleming, Don. Entry for 'Victory'. Bridgeway Bible Dictionary. 2004.

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