In the Book of Romans, the Apostle Paul systematically explains key doctrines of the Christian faith. Speaking on the subject of justification, Paul highlights the Sovereign Grace of God in Romans 8, showing that God is working “all things… together for good” to those He has predestinated “to be conformed to the image of his Son” (Romans 8:28-29). Paul then goes on to show the saint’s security in the Love of Christ (verse 35).
What a wonderful thought! Not only did God foreknow us, but He also fore-loved us! Before God created anything at all, He had love for us. That means that “all things work together for good” because a loving God has planned them to do so. Even the small things, even the bad things, even the difficult things – all things work together according to God’s loving plan.
“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (Romans 8:37)
But what does it mean to be “more than conquerors”?
Think about a prizefighter as he’s preparing for a fight. In the months leading up to the big day, he’ll put himself through the most intense training he can; punishing himself in order to perfect himself. He’ll run harder, lift more, eat less – anything and everything necessary to get himself in the best possible shape he can. Then comes the night of the fight and the moment he has been working so hard for. He knocks his opponent out in the first round and the crowd goes wild! Cameras are flashing; people are cheering; confetti is falling all around.
Then in the midst of the celebration, the boxer walks over to his wife and gives her the check – she just became more than a conqueror!
Our text tells us that it is through the Love of Christ that we are made to be “more than conquerors.” He has suffered and borne our infirmities in His own body, dying a horrendous death for our sins. He has endured the eternal wrath of God for us, because He loves us; just as our prizefighter friend loves his wife.
As the Bride of Christ, we have been justified by the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He has paid the ultimate price for His Bride.
What can separate us from the Love of Christ? Absolutely nothing – He has conquered all. And “we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”