More Than Conquerors

Romans 8:35-39  speak of God’s incredible love for us. Paul contends that nothing can separate us from that love. If anyone had a platform for expressing this, it would be Paul. He had experienced so much adversity and tragedy in his years of serving Christ. Humanly speaking it would have been understandable for him to become disillusioned with God, and even question God’s involvement or care. But instead, Paul wrote extremely convincing arguments about the absolute power of God’s love from which we can never be separated. I am certain that Paul could write such persuasive arguments for God’s personal and all-encompassing love, because he had experienced that love first hand when he had nothing else left to cling to.

Paul finished his dissertation on God’s love with this dramatic promise, “In all these things we are more than conquerors.” To conquer an enemy means to stop that enemy, to put an end to his power. To be more than a conquerer then, means something more.  John Piper, in his book Don’t Waste Your Life,  suggests that to be more than conquerors is to subjugate the enemy and use him for God’s purposes. Not only is the enemy defeated, but what he intended for destruction is used instead for God’s glory.

Joseph told his brothers that is exactly what God had done in his case. His brothers had intended evil; their purpose was Joseph’s destruction. But not only were their purposes thwarted, but God took the evil they did, and used it to bring about a wealth of good, not only for Joseph but for his entire family.

In our case, Joel and I have begged God to subjugate Joel’s sin, and to use the consequences of that sin to bring about a wealth of good for His glory. Satan may have meant to destroy Joel and indeed our entire family through the sinful choices Joel made. But because we are more than conquerors “through Him who loved us” God would turn it around and use this whole tragedy to work His good purpose.

We are constantly amazed at the ways God has done just that. Every day, by the power of His Spirit, we get to participate in His eternal project–expanding His glory to the ends of the earth.  We are indeed more than conquerors!

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