Question: “What does it mean that we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37)?”

Question: “What does it mean that we are  more than conquerors (Romans 8:37)?”

Answer: Romans 8:37 says, “We are more than conquerors through  him who loved us.” To conquer is to be victorious over an adversary. To be “more  than a conqueror” means we not only achieve victory, but we are  overwhelmingly victorious. If the final score of a basketball game is  142–6, we know that the opposition put up a fight, but they were no match for  the victors. The win was beyond the scope of a regular victory.

There  are many illustrations in the Old Testament of God bringing miraculous victory  to His people, Israel. Humanly speaking, Israel was no match for their enemies.  But God cautioned them not to be afraid, that He would fight their battles for  them. Exodus  14:14 says, “The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.” The  Lord told Jeremiah that He was bringing armies against the rebellious Israelites  as punishment for their disobedience, but even then, “‘They . . . will not  overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,’ declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 1:19). In one  instance, an entire army fled their own camp when God caused them to hear the  sounds of a great army coming. The famine-racked Israelites were able to plunder  the enemy camp and provide for their families through no act of their own (2  Kings 7). Not only were they saved from an approaching army, but they actually  benefited from the threat. They were “more than conquerors.”

Satan is  our adversary. He sends all kinds of life-defeating, joy-stealing attacks to  threaten the well-being and faith of God’s children. Many of those attacks are  listed in Romans  8:35–39: trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, and sword. Paul  is encouraging us to stand firm in our faith when those attacks come, reminding  us that not only will we win in the end, but Jesus enables us to win now. Satan  lacks the power to steal our eternal destiny, and he cannot separate us from the love of God  right now. Nothing we face worries God in the least. If we are His children  through faith in His Son, then we have His pledge of love and protection. In John  10:27–29, Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they  follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will  snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than  all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.”

To be more than  conquerors means we face the trials of life with the certainty that we are not  alone. We have a mighty Father who fights for us. We approach the darkest  valleys with confidence, knowing that nothing can happen to us that is not  permitted by our loving Father for our good (Psalm 23:4Romans 8:28). We have His  promise of eternal life (John 3:16; Titus 1:2; 1 John 5:11) and the  presence of Almighty God every moment of every day until we see Him face to face  (Psalm  139:7–12; Deuteronomy  31:8; Hebrews  13:5; Matthew  28:20). No sin of ours and no attempt of the enemy can steal the loving care  of God from our lives, and that makes us more than conquerors through Christ who  loves us.

Recommended Resources: Logos Bible Software and  Victory in Spiritual Warfare by Tony Evans.

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