Sunday Live Service 30 August 2020 – More than a Conqueror
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More than a Conqueror
37Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39nor 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.
I. THE REALITY OF OUR CONQUEST
Paul uses the phrase “more than conquerors”.
This translates a word that only appears here in the New Testament. It refers to those who “gain a surpassing victory.” It means, “to be completely victorious; to carry away an overwhelming victory.” It literally has the idea of us being “Super-conquerors”. That’s what the Bible says
we are, but that is not always how we feel. Most of the time, most believers I know seem to be overwhelmed by life.
When Paul writes that we “are” “super-conquerors”,
The uses a tense that suggests a “present tense, active situation.” In other words, he is saying that Christians “keep on winning a glorious victory.” He is saying that even when all of life is arrayed against us, we are still “super conquerors.”
Regardless of how things feel to us or look to us, we are still “more than conquerors”
That is the clear testimony of the Word of God, 2 Cor. 2:14; Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place 1 Cor. 15:57. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our prayer should be that we would accept by faith the promises of God concerning the victory we have in Jesus.
Our prayer should also be that God would help us to live out that victory everyday, in spite of how things look to us, or how we feel about our circumstances.
II. THE REALM OF OUR CONQUEST
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 that reality is something far different. We are “super conquerors” in spite of everything the world and the devil can throw at us.
The “these things” Paul is referring to can be found in verse 33-35.
Let’s take a look at this list of problems. You will see that many of these things are a common part of living.
- Tribulation – To be squeezed or to feel pressure. This is the common problems all people face, John 16:33; These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will  have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
- Distress – Literally “a narrow place”. It means to be hemmed in by one’s circumstances. To be trapped with no way out.
- Persecution – Suffering inflicted on us because of our relationship with Jesus.
- Famine – A lack of necessary resources.
- Nakedness – A lack of proper clothing. To be in a state of destitution.
- Peril – The threat of imminent and awful danger.
- Sword – The threat of murder. The cold, hard death dealing instrument that sent many believers
out into eternity.
We are “super-conquerors” in spite of those who Charge Us, v. 33
We are victorious over all those who would challenge our relationship with the Lord. God has “justified” us and nothing will ever change His mind. We are “super-conquerors” in spite of those who Condemn
We are “super-conquerors” in spite of those who Charge Us, v. 34
We are victorious over those who would declare that we are unworthy before the Lord. Jesus Christ died for us on the cross and shed His blood to save us and no one
can undo what He did for us on the cross! We are “super-conquerors” in spite of those who Confound
We are “super-conquerors” in spite of those who Charge Us, v. 35
The world and the devil have ever been the enemies of the children of God. The attacks are frequent and they are severe. In spite of everything they throw in our direction, we are still victorious over all their efforts to defeat us and to destroy us.
We are “more than conquerors” not by avoiding these things, but by triumphing over them through Jesus Christ.
Our pain in our suffering is very real, but so is God’s purpose. We must remember that His plan for our lives and our plan for our lives is rarely the same plan. Here is what He is doing:
- He is Refined Our Lives – 1 Pet. 1:7. Just as a goldsmith heats the ore to remove the impurities, God used the trials and afflictions of life to rid of the imperfections and impurities of the flesh.
- He is Remade Our Lives – When He finishes with us, we will be less like ourselves and more like His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, Rom. 8:29; Eph. 4:13.
- He is Realigned Our Lives – Ill. Paul 2 Cor. 12:7-11 – God is worked in us to bring us to the place where life ceases to be about us, and all about Him and His will for us.
III. THE REASON FOR OUR CONQUEST
Paul tells us that the only reason that weare victorious in this life is “through Him that loved us”. Our victory does not lie within ourselves; our victory rests in Him alone!
Consider for a moment what we deserve, Rom. 6:23; Eze. 18:4. Then, think for a moment about the nature of His love for us, Jer. 33:3. Then, stop and think about what He did to prove His love for us, John 3:16; Rom. 5:8.
The love of God for His children is so vast, so deep and so far reaching that God wants us to know that nothing can come separate us from His great love for us. Verses 38-39 are a commentary on the depth, breadth, height and length of God’s love for His children. Paul tells us that none of the things mentioned in these verses can “separate us” from the love of God. The word “separate” means “to divide, to put asunder, to divorce, to put away.”
The word “able” in verse 38 means “to have power”. In other words, none of the things people fear so much has any power to divide us from His awesome love. When we go through those things, we need to be assured in our hearts that even the pains, sorrows and afflictions of life are evidence of God’s love for us.
Paul knew his share of the trials and torments of life, 2 Cor. 11:23-28. Yet, he tells us in verse 38 that he “is persuaded”. That phrase is in the “perfect tense”. It means that “Paul stands convinced, and nothing can change his mind about the matter.” He knows that God knows what He is doing and that the saints can count on the boundless, eternal love of Jesus Christ to see them through whatever they may face in this life. That was Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians believers, and it is God’s will for us, Eph. 3:16-21.
So, we are “more than conquerors”, but we don’t have to do anything to ensure our victory. Victory is ours because the Lord loves us and promises us that His love is the guarantee of our conquest of all the things that come against us. Would to God that we could learn to rejoice in who we are in Him!
Are you convinced? If you are saved, you are “more than a conqueror”. I don’t always feel like it’s true. I don’t always live like it’s true. But, the Bible assures me that it is.
I am interested in that truth becoming a reality in our lives. It can, but we must take God at His Word and learn to trust Him by faith, even when nothing that is happening in us or to us seems to back it up. In the end, victory comes down to faith. Either I believe what the Bible says, or I believe what my eyes see, my mind thinks or what others say.
So, my fellow “super conquerors”, what should we do with this information? I think we should seek the Lord’s face and ask Him for the faith to live like a “super conqueror” even when we don’t like that’s what we are. I think we should seek His help to live in victory, even when we feel defeated. I think we should just take God at His Word and leave the details with Him!