Key Verse: No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:37
Paul writes to the church in Rome, “we are more than conquerors.” In English, that’s five words, but in the Greek, it’s only one word (hupernikao) meaning super-conquerors. The people in Rome were accustomed to that word – the conqueror, the victorious warrior. The Roman legionnaire was a conqueror. When the Roman army returned from victory the generals would ride a triumphal chariot, and the cheers of the people would fill the city.
Paul is saying that through Jesus Christ who loved us, we are super-conquerors. He wants us to know despite the trials we face; we are victorious; we are gloriously triumphant in Christ.
What does that mean to our everyday life? No matter how the world or Satan may attack us, we are a conqueror in Jesus Christ. Paul builds up to Romans 8:37 by reminder us in verse 31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” What enemy are you facing? In verse 35-39 we have a comprehensive list of enemies we face in life; trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger and sword. What challenge is in front of you? How big is your giant? They may seem massive to us, but when compared to an almighty God, they lose their grandeur. Paul is saying when God is on our side; we have nothing to fear. Even though “we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” We are super-conquerors through Jesus Christ who loved us.
Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage: “We are conquerors by virtue of Christ’s victory. We have nothing to do but pursue the victory, and to divide the spoil, and so are more than conquerors.”
We are super-conquerors not because of our strength and ability but because Christ has the victory. As the song says, “The Lord has given a land of good things, I will press in and make them mine, I’ll know His power, I’ll know His glory, And in His kingdom I will shine.”