From Pastor’s Desk:
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:35, 37 NKJV
Could this verse be taken as a promise hidden behind the questions? It is declared by Scripture that God is love. He doesn’t change (Malachi 3:6), therefore will always love us. He sent His only begotten Son to die for the sin of mankind (John 3:16-17). It is an ever-lasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). Romans 8:38-39 goes further by stating, “I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
That should be enough! Yet, I see something in these verses that stands out and screams “Notice me, that’s not all of it! That is the phrase “…we are more than conquerors…” That phrase implies that there something beyond passivity going on. It suggests that there is something to be conquered. To conquer something, or someone, there is usually an ensuing battle, or warfare.
We must not make the mistake to think that everything we have is going to be given on a “silver platter.” To coin an old adage, “Nothing in life is free!” The spiritually mature individual will attest to the fact that he/she is where they are now because of what they have faced, and overcome, in life yesterday, and yesteryear. Nothing given, but fought for every inch of the way. Fought for to the extent that they became conquerors.
Let’s go a little further. That phrase includes “more than” conquerors. I read this morning an article by Chuck Swindoll, who quoted Haddon Robinson’s expression of thought on Psalm 23:5, specifically “my cup overflows” (NASB). Robinson says, “With Him the calf is always the fatted calf; the robe is always the best robe; the joy is unspeakable; and the peace passes understanding. There is no grudging in God’s goodness. He does not measure His goodness by drops like a druggist filling a prescription. It comes to us in floods. If only we recognized the lavish abundance of His gifts, what a difference it would make in our lives! If every meal were taken as a gift from His hand, it would be almost a sacrament.”
This is what we receive when we are more than conquerors. It is from God, who is love, given to us in Christ Jesus, who gave Himself, executed by the Holy Spirit. Nothing shall separate us from the love of God!