Over-comers through Christ
Category : General
Romans 8:37 (KJV)
37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Here is a glorious vision indeed. Paul is so confident that he speaks of the future as if it were present (Romans 8:30). His lips are touched with the power and the sweetness of the eternal song. He dreams a golden dream that he is home at last, and his feet are standing within the gates of the New Jerusalem.
The former words being inserted in a parenthesis, these are an answer to the question in Romans 8:35, “what shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation?” &. “nay”, it shall not, nor any of the other things mentioned: “in all these things”; afflictions, distresses, persecutions, famine, nakedness, sword, or any other thing of the same kind.
It is possible to overcome, and yet obtain no advantage from the contest, nay, to find the victory a loss. But the Christian not only vanquishes, he is also a gainer by the assault of his enemy. It is better for him than if he had not been called to suffer. He is a gainer and a conqueror, both in the immediate fruits of his sufferings, as God overrules them for his good, bringing him forth from the furnace as gold refined, and also in their final issue; for ‘our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.’ The term conquerors remind us that the life of a believer is a warfare, in which he is called to combat, both within and without. We may remark, too, the difference between the judgment of God, and the judgment of men, respecting the victory of believers. In the world, persecutors and oppressors are judged as the conquerors; but here, those are pronounced to be such, who are oppressed and persecuted. They are the servants of Him whom the world put to death, but who said to His disciples, ‘Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.’ Through Him that loved us. The Apostle says that we are more than conquerors, not through Him that loves us, but through Him that loved us, using the past time, thus directing our attention to Christ dying for us.
We gain the victory. That is, they have not power to subdue us; to alienate our love and confidence; to produce apostasy. We are the victors, not they. Our faith is not destroyed; our love is not diminished; our hope is not blasted. But it is not simple victory; it is not mere life, and continuance of what we had before; it is more than simple triumph; it augments our faith, increases our strength, expands our love to Christ. The word used here is a strong, emphatic expression, such as the apostle Paul often employs (2 Corinthians 4:17), and which is used with great force and appropriateness here.
Let us learn that in all our trials and troubles, our Christian strength lies in Christ, and not in ourselves; all our strength for victory over sin, all our strength for victory over suffering, is all received from Christ, is all to be attributed and ascribed to Christ; the strength of every saint, yea, the whole host of saint, lies in the Lord of hosts.
Have a Great and God filled Day