More Than Conquerors

Imagine this scenario with me:

You are the general. You are leading your troops into battle. You overtake the enemy. You defeat them. Your soldiers have the choice of two things to do with the enemy: kill them, or make them your servants. If you kill them, your soldiers are conquerors. If you take the defeated enemy and compel them to serve you in any way you want, then you are more than conquerors.

In a very real sense, when you trusted Christ as your Lord and Savior, your eternal enemy the devil, and all of his demonic forces, were defeated in your life. That means the devil has no authority over you. He is defeated. And he knows it. He will try to intimidate you, depress you, accuse you, tempt you, scare you, and distract you from following the will of God. But remember, he is defeated. And he knows it.

So in Christ, you are victorious.

And because you ARE victorious, you CAN BE victorious over every scheme of the devil. On a moment by moment basis, as you trust in the power of the risen Christ who is alive and at work in you through the person of the Holy Spirit, you are able to overcome your enemy, the devil.

But you are not just a conqueror. You are more than a conqueror.

And as more than a conqueror, you take the habits, sins, fears, and everything that held you in captivity before you were set free by Christ, and use them as a ministry to help others find Christ and find life everlasting in Jesus.

Romans 8:31-39 (HCSB) 

31 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He did not even spare His own Son but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything? 33 Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the One who justifies. 34 Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the One who died, but even more, has been raised; He also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. 35 Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: Because of You we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered.

37 No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, ⌊hostile⌋ powers, 39 height or depth, or any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!

According to Romans 8:31-39, answer the following questions:

  • If God is FOR you, who is against you?
  • What will God grant the believer in Christ, according to verse 32?
  • Who is the only person that can bring a charge against God’s elect?
  • What do verses 33-34 say that Jesus did for you?
  • Describe why the situations mentioned in verses 35-36 are faith-testers, showing who truly has faith in Jesus Christ.
  • For the true believer, can the situations and powers described in verses 35-39 separate you from the love of God? How do you know?
  • How does the love of God in Christ help us to be more than a conqueror in each of the situations mentioned in verses 35-39? Take them one at a time, and think about or discuss them with another believer. Consider believers around the world and through the centuries who have faced the situations mentioned in these verses. How did God’s love help them?
  • Describe one way that God has helped you to be more than a conqueror through Christ.
One final thought, on the eternal security of the believer. There are some people who teach that a person can be a true follower of Jesus Christ at some point in their life and then later become an unbeliever. This erroneous teaching is not in the Bible. Those who hold such a view will even say that no external force can take away a person’s salvation, but that a person can choose to give up their salvation. But the Bible teaches something much different. The Bible teaches that if a person is truly made to be part of God’s family, saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, then they are part of His family eternally. There are many verses that could be referenced (which will be the subject of another Bible study post soon) to support the doctrine of the eternal security of the believer. Here in Romans 8:39, in the list of all of the things that cannot separate us from God’s love, is a phrase that says, “not anything else in all of creation.” That phrase clearly says that no person (not even the person himself – because he is a created being) can separate someone from God’s love. That fact alone should give the believer great joy, confidence, and determination to live as more than a conqueror in Christ – knowing he will be with Jesus eternally, reigning with the King of kings and Lord of lords!

2 thoughts on “More Than Conquerors

  1. Derek,
    You have always been a beacon of light through the darkness. God has MANY blessings in store for you when you reach the gates. Thank you for being the lighthouse needed through my life and more lives than be counted by you! God Almighty brought you to my life at the exact right moment (as He knows how to do) and He continues to breathe the Good Word through you. Don’t let Satan in, don’t let him near you!!
    Thank you for more than you even know you do, through Him,
    Anne Marie

  2. I am constantly amazed at God’s timing. About 2 years ago I was in the grocery store and observed a young man juggling his young children and a baby while at the cash register. I was regretfully aware that I was not close enough to pay for his groceries. Last year I saw him in church. This year I saw him on his face at the alter. I have never spoken with him, nor does he know me. He recently left the area due to losing his job. The lady that teaches bible study with me in FCJ gave me a thumbnail sketch of who this young man is. Jeff Gray gave me his address. Today I was able to “buy” his groceries.
    Romans 8:28

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