“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” – Romans 8:37
Life is filled with questions and challenges. But, the apostle Paul declares in Romans 8 that the child of God can be victorious through every challenge life poses. He uses five words to depict the victorious nature of our Christian life: freed, empowered, adopted, transformed and loved. These realities, Paul says, point to a perpetually victorious life that we are called to live.
This victory may not always be seen or felt, but it is true nonetheless. In chapter 8, Paul uses a phrase not used anywhere else in the New Testament: “more than a conqueror.” It refers to a “super-conqueror” who is “completely and overwhelmingly victorious.” When we are overwhelmed with life, we may not feel it but we are super-conquerors”. Paul uses a tense that suggests a “present tense, active situation.” In other words, he is saying that Christians “keep on winning a glorious victory.” Paul says that we are “more than conquerors” “in all these things.” Most of us have the idea that victory occurs when we are living lives that are free from troubles, afflictions and heartaches. Paul says we are “super conquerors” in spite of everything the world and the devil can throw at us.
Paul addresses four situations that a believer will face. Firstly, we face “Opposition.” In verse 31, he rhetorically asks, “So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose?” [Message Bible]. Every opponent is puny when compared to God. We are to take heart because the Lord Jesus has overcome the world (cf. John 16:33). Secondly, a believer will face “Accusation.” In verse 32, he poses another question: “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.” Accusations are directed from three sources: the self (guilt and shame that plays in one’s own mind on a daily basis), others and Satan. But, God’s acceptance trumps earthly rejection. God declares us accepted in the Beloved. Thirdly, a child of God will face “Condemnation.” Paul continues to ask in verse 34, “Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” Since Jesus died for them, those who belong to Him cannot be condemned because God sees us through Him as perfect! Jesus, seated at the right hand of the Father, intercedes for us. Lastly, a believer could face doubts of “Separation.” Paul again assures us through yet another question in verses 35 and 36: “Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one” [Message Bible]. There is absolutely nothing that can get in the way of the Lord loving us. We will never be cut off from Christ, no matter what we go through.
Satan can oppose, accuse, condemn or threaten with separation. But, the Lord Jesus will oppose Satan, answer his charges, intercede for us and keep us close to Himself by His love. Paul tells us that the only reason that we are victorious in this life is “through Him that loved us”. Our victory does not lie within ourselves; it rests in Him alone! God is bigger than our mountains or giants. The apostle distinctly tells us that the power, mysterious and irresistible, which sustains us and make us more than conquerors, is, “through him that loved us.”