“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 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. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I am not condemned any longer by my own sins but am set apart for a holy purpose. I am no longer living confined by my sin’s chains but am set free by Grace, living in the likeness of my Father. I am a child of the most high God, a conquering warrior of the faith.
This has always been one of my favorite passages of scripture. It wasn’t until the other day, however, that I really paid any attention to the “MORE THAN conquerors” part.
All of my life I’ve read this passage of scripture as it paints this beautifully triumphant image of what Jesus did for us on the cross when he bound up Satin in his own tangled projected web of defeat. I’ve taken it on as a war cry that I’m more than what this world sees me as, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I, like most, have missed the mark on a minor nuance of the passage.
In every math course teachers talk about more than, less than, and equal to and on every homework assignment concerning the topic there are loads of arrows and equal signs and every student ends up turning those symbols into little doodles before the night is over with. (Don’t sit there looking at this and wonder what I am talking about. We’ve all done it at some point. Or at least, I hope I am not the only one.)
“What is your point, Meagan?”
Well, it wasn’t until I read this scripture with those little symbols in mind that God revealed to me how He sees me. Try reading the scripture with each of the symbols in place of “MORE THAN conquerors” and you will come to some sort of conclusion that will resemble something like this:
< conquerors – Less than conquerors just doesn’t cut it, not when God is involved. This projects the thought that Satin isn’t defeated and that Jesus isn’t the all-conquering King of Kings. = conquerors – Leaves no promise of us being anywhere other than stuck between point a and point b searching for a God that is greater than any we can create. = conquerors means that this god we have heard so much about…put so much faith in could be nothing more than a figment of our forefather’s imaginations. > conquerors – We are more than conquerors. Now there is a thought. MORE THAN CONQUERORS! …..More than conquerors.
“Why are you repeating this, Meagan?”
Well, I want to make sure you are really getting it. We are not just warriors set to fight the good fight of faith with no sword. Anything less than MORE THAN means that we have absolutely nothing to fight with against the attacks of darkness in our lives. However, because we are more than conquerors our faith is placed in something real…our faith is placed in something bigger than just “Christian beliefs”…our eyes and our hearts are set to the tune of the heartbeat of Christ. We are His – we are set apart…called…chosen…and we are not condemned or bound or chained…we are set free by the blood of The Lamb. We are His and in Him, there is no such thing as defeat for those who are His. He already won the battle.
I hope this has opened up a new perspective on this scripture as it did for me. Next time you begin to dig into God’s love letter to us really find out the scripture’s intention and study the little nuances of the passage because trust me, it’ll change how you think about scriptures you think you have known your whole life.