More Than Conquerors
The words "more than conquerors" is a powerful statement. The apostle Paul says thatwe are "more than conquerors through Him who loved us" (Romans 8:37). In addition to all the many exciting things he says in this chapter, this may be the most profound. You are not just a conqueror in Christ Jesus. You are MORE than a conqueror!
The beginning of Romans 8 focuses on the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer. Paul reveals that the Spirit gives life and empowers the believer. Think about what is already said in this chapter - before v.37. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (v.1). We have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of us (v.9). We are saved in hope (v.24). We are aided in prayer by the Holy Spirit (v.26). We know that God works all things together for good (v.28). If God is for us, who can be against us? (v.31). Then... we come to this verse that tells us we are more than conquerors (v.37).
There is word that Jesus uses, in reference to the Holy Spirit, which is the "paraclete" (John 14:16). It is a Greek word for “another comforter” (allos paracleton). The paraclete had various meanings to the Greeks. In its most literal sense, it means “one who comes alongside.” In the ancient world, it had a legal sense. The paraclete would plead a person’s case in a court of law or interpret the law to the defendant and plead the case before the judge. Some Bible versions use the word Advocate rather than Helper to convey the meaning. John uses this word in his writings to describe Jesus and the Spirit. When the Sanhedrin judged Stephen, and sentenced him to death, he was full of the Spirit and Jesus (his Advocate) stood at the right hand of God in heaven to plead his case (Acts 7:55-56).
The paraclete is also the one who gives strength in times of battle. This is a critical point, In all these things we are "more than conquerors" through Him who loved us (Romans 8:37). He is the One through Whom we receive great power and victory. Paul prayed for the church at Ephesus, “that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man” (Ephesians 3:16). Let Him strengthen you. You are a conqueror.
You are loved!
Dr. Ray Reynolds
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