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More than conquerors: What does it mean?

February 17, 2018

Verse of the Day for February 17, 2018 introduces a series of questions raised in Romans 8: beginning with verse 35, followed by verse 37 in the New International Version:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

Here is the rendering in the New King James Version:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

If we add verse 36, we note a series of questions expressed this way in the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition:

35 Who shall ever separate us from Christ’s love? Shall suffering and affliction and tribulation? Or calamity and distress? Or persecution or hunger or destitution or peril or sword?
36 Who is there to condemn [us]? Will Christ Jesus (the Messiah), Who died, or rather Who was raised from the dead, Who is at the right hand of God actually pleading as He intercedes for us?

The passage culminates with a powerful response that thunders with the answer to this barrage of questions. The answer is more emphatic in other translations which begin with “No!” The familiar King James Version declares:

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors, through him that loved us.

The Phillips Translation puts it this way:

No, in all these things we win an overwhelming victory through him who has proved his love for us:

So says the New Living Translation:

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

The response is definite and emphatic: No, absolutely not! No way, Jose! No! [Expletive deleted—No!] Paul goes on to close out this section to remind believers of who we are and whose we are and most importantly what we do:

The Amplified Bible puts it this way:

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].

The expression “more than conquerors” is translated from the Greek verb hupernikao, a compound word with the prefix huper—a form of the same prefix found in “super”—meaning over, beyond, above exceed, more than. Today, common expressions of the preposition would say “over and above” or “above and beyond.” The stem would be nikao, translated “to conquer, prevail, overcome, overpower, prevail.” Although translated as such, being “more than conquerors” or “super conquerors,” is not who we are, but it is what we do, how we live. We prevail completely in the present tense with continuous action; we prevail mightily every day of our lives: “In all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.”

Romans 8:37 is the epigraph or introduction for this expression of our new identity in light of the Word for the Day:

Not Just Survivors

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].
Romans 8:37 (AMP)

Not just survivors, more than conquerors,
Defying the odds as brave conquistadors.
Despite intense pressure we learn to rest in grace,
More than enough to withstand the daily tests we face,
Not merely to survive but to thrive even more.

As mighty warriors, triumphant super victors
With a cause, prepared not to die but to live for.
At times we fell behind but fought to keep the pace:
Not just survivors, more than conquerors.
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To fulfill all the will of God and then to soar
To heights sublime where we have never been before.
Overcomers, bearing light in the darkest place,
We still fight the good fight, as we finish our race,
Moving forward, seeking to find the next open door:
Not just survivors, more than conquerors.

The perfect music to accompany the Verse of the Day is “More than Conquerors” by the Rend Collection:

More than conquerors

February 17, 2016

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”: