A God Who Defeats Death


In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. — Acts 1:1-3

The Book of Acts, the fourth book in the New Testament, is a story of Christian history. It contains everything you need to know about the start and expansion of the early church. In fact, as you read any of the New Testament letters that follow this book, you may find it helpful to flip back to the Book of Acts and find that reference point in history. For example, if you are reading a letter like Ephesians, you may find it enlightening to come back to Acts and get a little perspective on what events led up to the results in that book.

Luke, who is the author, wrote two New Testament books. He wrote one book about the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus entitled the Gospel of Luke. And then he followed it with this one.

Luke writes to a guy named Theophilus. Now we don't know a lot about this guy, but he was no doubt interested in learning more about Jesus Christ. And Luke, right from the beginning, makes this incredible declaration to him. A declaration that is the basis for everything he is going to tell him. He tells Theophilus about an event he and many others had witnessed. Something that Theophilus clearly had not witnessed. Luke tells him about the bodily resurrection of Jesus. While Jesus had died, he defeated death by raising himself from the dead. And then appeared to people for 40 days.

Luke does something that we all should be doing. He communicates the greatest message of all time to an interested person. It's a message of hope. A message of everlasting life. And it's based on the fact that Jesus defeated death. His defeat of death validates his message and power, which gives us hope that the life he spoke about is true and can be ours as well. You see, for those who believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ — this life and its end — death — is not the end. Death is only a gateway to life. And to receive this life, we must die to ourselves to live for all in for Him. And that is some good news we need to tell someone today.

So today, when you encounter someone who feels defeated because of all that happening in their life. Give them hope by telling them there is a God who can do anything. A God who defeats death. And he does it for them because he loves them and wants them to have life with him.

ASK THIS: Do you feel defeated? (Share it in the comments below)

DO THIS: Come to God, who can defeat anything.

PRAY THIS: God, I bring my defeated heart to you. 

PLAY THIS: Your Name is Power.


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A God Who Defeats Death

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17 thoughts on “A God Who Defeats Death

  1. james marty says:

    At this time I am ready to do my breakfast, when havingmy breakfast coming again to read further news.

  2. Keith Scott says:

    Threw me with Acts being the 4th book of the New Testament. Thoroughly enjoyed Job and now looking forward to Acts!!

  3. Cory B says:

    I know what is right, yet I still do what I hate. In those moments I feel defeated. I distance myself from Him and am able to justify or overlook my poor decisions.

    • Jack Dellinger says:

      Cory B – would love to tell you that you will grow out of this phase. Unfortunately, I haven’t so I can’t say you will either. What you feel is the internal struggle between the redeemed spirit man and the flesh man that you are trying to sanctify each day. What this struggle really means is that each time you recognize these short comings and defeat them you are looking more like Jesus. Love you and your spirit ! Stay in the battle – we win in the end!

      • Cory B says:

        Thanks for that Jack. As a self proclaimed perfectionist, I want to do it right all the time. I know that’s not realistic, but I’m working on giving myself some grace. Then I wonder if I use that as an excuse.
        Progress, not perfection.

  4. Brian says:

    I need God’s strength. My family is nearly broken and I am praying for a miracle. Pray that the reserected God and restore my marriage and family.

  5. Jeff B says:

    Vince, great start with Acts. Our group is looking forward to do just what you stated in your opening statements. Would it be possible to add our group of men into the Comment Category? Should they have questions or comments you would know they are coming from our group? Thanks brother and have a great week.

  6. Doug says:

    Doesn”t Acts follow the Book of John making it the fifth book in the new testament? In todays devotion you have written it’s the forth book. Can you clarify?

  7. Sam says:

    I stumble and fall so short and feel lost and ultimately defeated. But I know that my God is forgiving and ultimately, I will defeat death.

  8. Neil Reinwald says:

    Great devotional but I hate to not pick. Acts is the fifth book of the NT unless your intent was to combine Luke and Acts? Also in reading the scriptures I don’t see any evidence that Luke saw the Resurrected Christ but he definitely talked to a lot of people who did. Again, great devotional and God Bless.

  9. rick says:

    Yes, I do feel defeated. But I thank God every morning for waking me up to serve another day. My elderly Mother needs my compassion and love, not my anger and resentment. Please God, be with me today and show me how to be more Christlike.

  10. Ed says:

    Many times I feel unfocused and plain worn out with this world
    Lord, I am in your hands! Grant me strength and focus

  11. Ettiene Grobler says:

    I feel discouraged today for sure, not yet defeated 🙂 Thanks for this devo Vince. We serve an almighty God.

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