What does Paul mean by “we are more than conquerors”?


By BibleAsk Team

“More Than Conquerors”

The apostle Paul wrote to the Church of Rome: “We are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). Here, Paul used terms that depict the excess of God’s blessing over man’s need. And he explained that saying, “Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more” (Romans 5:20).

As man, Christ met temptation, and overcame in the power given Him from God. “God with us” (Matthew 1:23) is the guarantee of our freedom from sin, the guarantee of our power to obey the law of heaven. “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

Christ’s life attests that it is possible for us to obey the law of God and be more than conquerors. Paul proclaimed, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). How is this possible? When the heavenly commands are truly followed, the Lord makes Himself responsible for the victory. In Christ, there is power to accomplish every duty and power to repel temptation. In Him, there is grace for daily growth and courage for battles and service.

In like manner, the apostle John assured the believers of the same truth, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith(1 John 5:4). God’s commands are not a burden. To the unconverted person, they are impossible to obey (Romans 8:7). But to the converted Christian (John 3:3), all things are possible (Mark 11:22–24). For the believer receives the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) and receives the same power that helped Jesus in His earthly life.

Unlimited Power

By His life and His death, Christ was more than conqueror over sin. Through His victory, the government of God stands justified, Satan’s charges are negated, and his evil character revealed. This same victory that Christ gained is available to all that claim it by faith.

The Son of God promised, “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19). And He stressed that the believers can be “saved to the uttermost” (Hebrews 7:25), be more than conquerors, and “always triumph” (2 Corinthians 2:14).

Divine Love

Instead of troubles separating us from the love of Christ (Romans 8:35), on the contrary, “through him that loved us,” we are more than conquerors over them. There is no hardship so heavy, no temptation so powerful, that it cannot be won through Christ.

The One who loved us enough to give Himself for us (John 3:16) is even now living in us to do the work of our redemption (Galatians 2:20). To be more than conquerors is theme of all the books of the Bible, that is the restoration of humans to God and to his original condition of perfection and freedom from all the scars of sin. This is brought about by the mighty power of God working through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 7:25).

Paul experienced and acknowledged the fact that he can be more than conqueror, and it led him to exclaim, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57). And for this triumph over the power of the adversary the redeemed will also give praise and glory to God throughout eternity. “And I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” (Revelation 5:11–13 also 15:3, 4; 19:5, 6).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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