“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37).
There is a difference between conquerors and more than conquerors. The Super Bowl XX11 was memorable in the history. Redskins overcome a 10 point deficit and then beat Broncos 42-10. To conquer means to get victory over the enemy or adversary but to become more than a conqueror means not just victory but enormous, overwhelming and massive victory. Bible says if you love the Lord Jesus Christ, you are not just a conqueror but you are more than a conqueror. You have a vast and enormous margin of victory.
Yesterday we learned God already decreed our victory and no matter who, what comes against us, God works all things together for good to those who love Him, to those who are called according to His purpose. You see, this is a ‘no matter’ promise. Dearly beloved, you may be wondering why this happened to you because you do not deserve it. However, be confident by the eternal Word of God that promises you this -God is at work in your life and He is going to put all things together for good for you. The reason is this. God foreknew all things going to happen in your life. With all full knowledge, He predestined you to become conformed to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. Not only He foreknew all about you and predestined you to look like Christ Jesus through it all, but also He called you in time, justified and also glorified you.
Now, the question is this. After considering all these truths, what are our conclusions? Number one- If God is for us the way the Bible explained in the above paragraph, who can be against us? Is anyone a match to God? People, enemies, and even devil? Make a note- it does not mean people, devil or circumstances would not come against you. It does not mean no one would mock, tease and slander you. It does not mean they will not persecute you. Bible says everyone who wants to live a godly life will have persecution in this world. It does not mean devil would not come against us with his schemes. Devil may say to us- look at what happened in your life, and now God is not on your side. He will try to tell and convince you that you are a failure. He would say because of your shortcomings, God does not love you, or He is not on your side. God is not on your side is devil’s age-old lie from the garden of Eden.
Beloved, if devil or his representatives tells you are a failure or you are not good in the sight of the Lord, then ask him the questions in verse 34-35. These are the questions you would immediately ask, “Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” You see it says it is the God who justified and if so who can bring a charge against God’s elect and predestination? Who is able to condemn? Because Christ is the one who died and then risen again for your sake and He is at the right hand of God and makes intercession for us. All condemning tongue should stop because they are condemning against the blood and the intercessory work of Christ. Then the third question is, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Of course, we will have unexpected setbacks in our Christian life like tribulation, distress, famine, peril, sword and of course, these come in many forms and fashions. Our dear people may stand against us to stop our progress. Does that mean Christ does not love us anymore? No, nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. Then it says for the sake of the Lord His dear ones are killed all day long, and they are treated like sheep led to the slaughter. Does that mean God does not love us? Listen it says in verse 38, neither death, nor angels, principalities and powers (means demonic forces and devil), 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.
Verse 35 promise nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. Additionally, the verse says 39 promises none or nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. You see Jesus loves us and nothing can separate us from His love. Besides, God loves us, and nothing can separate us from God’s love because we are in His Son, Jesus Christ. I would love my grandson if I had one. I have seen grandparent’s love and admiration for grandchildren. One day I hope I will have a grandchild, and I know in my heart that I would love him or her deeply in my heart. Why? Because my grandson is in my son and He belongs to my beloved Son. I would do anything to stand with my grandchild because he/she is the most favored in my heart because he/she belongs to my Son and Me. I just made an analogy only to show God’s deep commitment and love. However, Bible says believers in Christ are God’s own children Christ being the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
Beloved, we are in His Son, Jesus Christ and we belong to Him when we invited Jesus into our lives, and thereby we are the most favored in the heart and mind of God.
Remember, our today’s insight says, “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” In what things? You name it – tribulation, slandering, various attacks, problems including financial, marital, relational, health – you put what you face in here. You are not just a conqueror but more than a conqueror through Him who loves you.
By understanding of who we are in Christ, how secure our future is, in the midst of all such things we will be more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
Got a moment for today’s prayer? “Father in heaven, I love you and trust your promise that you will work all things together for my good. Thank you for choosing me, saving me and even glorifying me. I understand the depth of your love. I accept Christ Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe He died and rose again for my sins. In Christ’s name, I pray. Amen.”