“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:27-39
Who doesn’t love a good victory story?
From underdogs winning the trophy to nerdy kids who become prom queen to huddling around the television cheering on your nation during the Olympics, we love watching someone win. This is the whole reason professional sports is a multi-billion dollar a year industry. People love watching their team win.
Paul wraps up Romans 8 by saying, “We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Paul uses an interesting greek word here for conqueror. Thus phrase means “complete and total victory” or a “landslide victory.” Paul is not talking about just winning, he is talking about a complete blowout. This is when a soccer team wins by twelve points, the cross-country runner manages to pass someone twice, or when the Carolina Hurricanes played the New York Islanders in the NHL playoffs. It’s not just winning, it’s super-winning. Paul is basically say, “no one else stands a chance, we will always win.”
This verse showing up within this passage is a little ironic though. Paul just spent almost six verses talking about how there is still a battle going on. Paul doesn’t just speak vaguely. He literally lists things that attempt to defeat us daily (Romans 8:31-36). This passage reminds us that we are not just undefeated — we are undefeatable. Will you still face setbacks? Yes. Will they overcome you? No. You will face hardships, but you have already won. You are more than a conqueror.
Paul puts an exclamation point on this principle by saying, “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God.”
Romans 8 serves as an emphatic example that winning is a way of life for Christ followers. No matter what you may face, you win in the end. Even as the battle wages, the war has been won!