“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
Every kid who grew up reading DC comics or Marvel comics dreams of becoming a superhero. It is no surprise if you once ended up tying a blanket around your neck and pretended you’re flying. Guys, was it Batman, Superman or Spiderman? Girls, did you want to become Wonder Woman or Catwoman? We are all enamored by them simply because they have great powers or abilities that can conquer whatever comes their way. Many times, we wish we had their powers that will enable us to be victorious. Although it may seem impossible for this to become a reality, as Christians, we were made to be the Superheroes of today- we are called “More Than Conquerors”.
I recall one of my pastors saying that Christians are programmed to win. We have been equipped by being given all the necessary tools and armor for us to be overcomers. According to the Bible, the children of God are a perpetually victorious people. We can’t always see it. We don’t always feel it. We don’t always live like it. It’s true nonetheless.
In Romans 8:37-39 it says,
“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 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.”
This verse has been a great encouragement for God’s children for 2,000 years. During the writing of this epistle the Roman military was a powerful force to be reckoned with. When the Christians received Paul’s letter, it was at a time where many Christians were set ablaze on wooden stakes simply because they were Christians. Nero, the cruel Roman Emperor at this time, would drive around the torches using his chariot and show no sign of pity as he watched the Christians being burned on the stakes. But how can one die and be victorious all together?
John Wooden explains this beautifully by saying, “The Christians may be put to death; or may be exhausted and worn out; or may be overlooked and despised; or may have experienced any of a thousand types of misery the human condition can amply dish out. And yet, even a jut-chinned Roman Emperor, clothed in purple and crushing garlands under foot, could ever match the ultimate triumph of such a one as Jesus Christ. What a divine irony the apostle [Paul] lays before us in this passage!”
This reminds us that us that we are “More Than Conquerors”. In spite of how grime or dark things may appear to us, or in spite of how hopeless we feel about our circumstance, the fact is Christians are made to be “More Than Conquerors”. Regardless of how you feel, this verse offers words of hope, peace and encouragement to those who feel discouraged, defeated and overwhelmed by life. Now, let us look at the meaning of these words.
The word conqueror means: “someone who has enjoyed great success in war and has defeated an enemy or enemies. It also means to vanquish beyond, subjugate, annihilate, overcome, overpower, literally to gain a decisive victory.”
Just like us, Jesus has experienced tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, the sword and even slaughter. But Christ’s death is our victory. He has conquered all thing and we have this inheritance through His victory. I am not saying life will be easy because God never promised us an easy life but he promised that he would walk with us, equip us, help us, strengthen us and ultimately love us to the very end. We become “More Than Conquerors” just like Christians in the past who sang songs of praise despite hardship and suffering by simply holding on to the words, “Through Him who loved us”.
These are the words that sustained them. It was only THROUGH Christ that they conquered. He was the captain of the ship. Christ showed us how to conquer by enduring suffering, doing good despite evil, and by shedding light in the midst of the darkness. We look at man and what can he do? Jesus said, “Without me, you can do nothing.” No wonder it is so easy for man to fall into sin and temptation. For man is too weak left on his own. But man with Christ, who depends on God alone, unlocks the secret to a victorious life.
We can now say, as the Apostle Paul said:
“I have strength for all things in Christ who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency]”
- Philippians 4:13