THE WORD: More than conquerors

PHOTO CAPTION: “Saint Paul Writing His Epistles” by Velentin de Boulogne (circa 1618) is a painting in the holdings of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas. (Public Domain)

The eight-week series on the Beatitudes taught us about the blessings of living life aware of the deficiencies we all have that can only be resolved by Christ. With the salvation and redemption provided through Jesus, we can see a path to victory over the grave, the problems of the world and sin itself.

In his Epistle to the Romans, the Apostle Paul explained in further detail the salvation offered through the gospel of Christ. Paul tells the Romans, “we are more than conquerors” through Christ. These words came during a violent time when the victors in battle took more than victory. Conquering meant living, while being conquered meant loss of property, sovereignty and life.

Jesus makes us more than conquerors, because his salvation allows us to lose and still win. In the time of the Romans, people had to conquer or be conquered. But Jesus was stripped of his freedom, crucified and killed and still conquered all. Through Christ, we can be meek, hungry, thirsty and merciful and still achieve victory.

ROMANS 8:37-39

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that 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 creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.