Most of the time when we think of a conqueror we think of someone’s who has overcome by force. The conqueror in Romans 8:37 is not victorious because of their own ability to overcome, but simply because he or she is a child of the living God.
I always encourage people to research verses in context. It is vital in understanding the true meaning of the passage. Scroll up a verse and you find the author quoting Psalm 44:22 which states: “For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” From a human perspective this doesn’t sound like a conqueror. You and I only see things in the here and now, but God’s view is eternal. What this verse really illustrates is that we are victorious regardless of our circumstances. Why? Because we belong to the one who has conquered the ultimate enemy … death. There’s nothing Satan can do about it! You’ve been bought and sealed by the blood of Christ, the perfect lamb of God.
If we read all of Romans chapter 8 we learn 2 important reasons why we are considered conquerors in Christ.
- Because Christ is interceding for us! (Verse 26 and 34) Who better to petition God on our behalf? Our prayers are often misguided by our will. No one wants to suffer. However, the Holy Spirit and Jesus intercede for us with an understanding of the perfect will of God for our circumstances.
- Because NOTHING can separate us from God’s love. (Verse 38 and 39) “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 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.”. You can be confident in God’s everlasting love for you. Don’t allow the trials of this life to discourage you. Don’t give up or give in to the temptation to quit. You are in a race and it takes perseverance to finish well, but you will finish. Jesus is waiting at the finish line. Keep your eye on the prize. You ARE a conqueror!