Drinking Deeply

Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 2:18 PM

More than conquerors

Romans 8 is such a beautiful chapter.

Far and away my favorite, and one thing that always catches me is the statement, "37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us."

And I got to thinking...

What makes us "more than conquerors" ?

It certainly sounds pretty cool. A conqueror was victorious, was powerful, was mighty, and somehow we were "more" than that.

But then I thought about the context:

35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36As it is written,

"For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered."

37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord

And then I thought, "there isn't really much conqueroring going on here." We're being killed, regarded as sheep to be slaughtered. We will be facing famine, nakedness, danger, and sword... and it doesn't really say that we will overcome all of them. Rather, it seems to be saying that we will endure through all of them. That we will not necessarily break apart the bonds of slavery, but we will endure them, and in doing so, eventually break them.

Thinking about similar passages, we see the same thing. Philippians 4:10-13 (as I posted previously) doesn't seem to be about brute power but rather endurance in Christ. In a similar way, Paul's bold claim in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 that "when I am weak, then I am strong" isn't as much about his ability and strength, but rather God's in Paul's weakness.

So the point of this? Maybe "more than conquerers" refers to our lack rather than our ability to conquer. Thoughts?

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Blogger Puritan Belief said...

Yes I like this thought. Jesus who is more then a conqueror was put to death. However what he was conquering was hidden to the people. Why would someone be like a sheep before the slaughter? When he could command many legions of angels in his defence?

Our objective is also hidden to the world and though to them it is like we fail daily. We are more then conquerors for our citizenship is in heaven.  


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