Paul writes to the Church in Rome: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? . . . No, in all these things we are more than conquerors” (Romans 8:36-37).
Did you catch that at the end? Paul doesn’t say we merely conquer these things, but that we are more than conquerors.
To conquer something means to overcome it by force, to subdue, to gain victory over, to have it at your feet. Amid the worst calamities — tribulation, distress, famine, nakedness, etc — Christians are not just conquerors, but more than conquerors. But what does that mean?
If to conquer something means to subdue it, than more than conquerors must mean that we not only subdue that trial (have it at our feet), but that trial also serves us. Through Christ, we subdue it; because of Christ; it serves us. We are more than conquerors.
Going through a tough season of life?
Your singleness, loneliness, cancer, work issue, financial situation, depression, and every other tribulation is not an accident. It’s not coincidental; it’s providential. God didn’t merely allow it to come your way; he purposefully ordained that it would. Like the Apostle Paul, we will suffer. For many reasons. But one of them, like I am trying to explain in this post, is to show us that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ, and that no matter what trial we face, that trial is already subdued. And not only subdued, but conquered. Indeed, more than conquered. It serves us. We are more than conquerors.
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