Romans 8:37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
Christus Victor, Christ the victor, on the cross, risen, ascended. All the power of death and the devil, completely defeated once and for all! It is finished! That is the beautiful message of Easter morning.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The strife is o’er the battle done;
Now is the victor’s triumph won;
Now be the song of praise begun. Alleluia! (LSB 464)
We are the conquerors. Vicariously we have the victory through Christ’s death and resurrection. Sometimes we relegate the victory to Christ and forget that He has given the victory to us in His atoning sacrifice. Death, the devil, the world, our sinful flesh…all defeated in our own lives.
This verse tells us that we are more than conquerors. The victory has been won and is continuously won, everyday in our own lives, as Christ lives and works in our hearts and our homes. ‘More than’, hupernikáo, utilizes an “intensive prefix” in Greek. We are exceedingly or overwhelmingly conquerors.
God’s work is powerful and real. We live in a powerful and real battle on this Earth. Satan tries to infiltrate our hearts, our marriages, our families, our churches. But we are exceedingly and overwhelmingly victorious. What a difference it makes to know the outcome of the war! We fight differently. We hold on tight as the battle rages. We hunker down and protect our family. We hurl the Living Word at Satan and fight the good fight to keep our hearts, our families, and our lives, because we know that Christ has already won. At times it doesn’t feel like you’re winning the battle, much less the war, but hold on to Biblical Truth. You are more than conquerors. Christ is in any and every situation in our lives with His victor crown.
Lord, You love us. You know what each day holds for our lives. Keep us in your Word. Remind us of your complete victory in every situation. We trust in You. In Jesus name, Amen.