Monday, July 13
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Rom. 8:37. What does “more than conquerors” mean? The context of this verse is how to deal with persecution. It is obviously more than simply enduring it. You can endure because there is no other choice. You can endure it grudgingly, gritting your teeth, digging in your heels, or fighting it. The Greek word for “more than conquerors” (hypernikao) is interesting. It’s a heightened form for “conquer” but still leaves unclear what it means. Commentaries suggest various possible solutions. One is “We are winning a most glorious victory.” Wiersbe substitutes “super” for “hyper” in the Greek word and comes up with “superconquerors.” The NLT translates it: “No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours.” This is OK, but it doesn’t quite satisfy me. Beyond suffering through persecution and conquering those who persecute us, what more is there? Another suggestion is that we will continue to conquer: there are more battles to be won. This doesn’t satisfy me, either. Let’s look at the last part of this statement “through him who loved us.” When we accept persecution as coming from the hand of a loving God, then we are more than conquerors. Two things result. We are at peace, knowing that God is doing what is good for us and is providing grace to endure. Secondly, we become a shining light to those outside the faith. People around the world today are doing exactly that and God is being glorified.