More than conquerors

Romans 8--37

Verse of the Day for February 17, 2016 comes from Romans 8:35, 37 in the Amplified Bible:

Who shall ever separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us].

To more fully recognize the impact of these verses, we need to examine Romans 8:31-36 (NLT) before we look at verse 37:

31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”

The passage comes from a section of Romans 8 emphasizing that there is “no separation in Christ” and that nothing can separate us from his love. These scriptures are presented as a barrage of questions culminating with a powerful response that thunders with the answer:

Romans 8:37

37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

The response is definite and emphatic: absolutely not! No way, Jose! No! [Expletive deleted—No!] “Overwhelming victory is ours,” the phrase that follows, is translated from the verb hupernikao. Using a verb indicates that in the midst of the most staggering, adverse circumstances that seek to limit or inhibit us or separate us from Christ who loved us, we conquer more and more as “super-conquerors,” achieving “overwhelming victory.”

From a recent blog entry “We choose to love” come the following comments on this passage from Romans 8 relating to the constancy of the love of God which never fails:

No matter the circumstances of our lives, whether on the pinnacles of success and dreams come true or in the pits of disappointment and failure, we are assured that God loves us and that His love endures. I recall a statement from the late Dr. Adrian Rodgers of Love Worth Finding Ministries: “God cannot love us any more than He does, and He will not love us any less.”

We find great assurance in comfort in the midst of the most distressing and oppressive times in which we live that nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

We are encouraged by this powerful video from the Rend Collective who remind us that “We are More than Conquerors”:

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