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Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament

Victory

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VICTORY (νῖκος, Matthew 12:20, 1 Corinthians 15:55; 1 Corinthians 15:57; νίκη, 1 John 5:4; חּֽשׁוּעָה, 1 Samuel 19:5, Proverbs 21:31).—Matthew 12:20 is a quotation from Isaiah 42:3; but in the latter the word used is אֶמָח ‘truth,’ and not ‘victory.’ It is the same word, νενίκηκα (fr. νικάω), which is used by our Lord in John 16:33 ‘I have overcome the world,’ and in many other passages throughout the NT, to express the idea of ‘overcoming.’ To the mind of Jesus there is only one kind of victory. It is not the triumph over social and financial difficulties which issues in worldly success, but that mastery over our lower nature and the powers of evil within and around us which issues in self-control, and the subjection of the whole life to the will of God. This is the one real victory, without which any other is but a fleeting phantom. It was the victory which He Himself gained, and which His true disciples are enabled to achieve through His aid and guidance. This victory brings with it such blessings as forgiveness, deliverance from the dominion of sin and from the fear of death, a deep sense of the moral order of the world, peace with God, and life everlasting.

Dugald Clark.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Victory'. Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdn/v/victory.html. 1906-1918.

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