Romans 8:28-39 “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn, with many brothers and sisters. 30And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And he gave them right standing with himself, and he promised them his glory. 31What can we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else? 33Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? Will God? No! He is the one who has given us right standing with himself. 34Who then will condemn us? Will Christ Jesus? No, for he is the one who died for us and was raised to life for us and is sitting at the place of highest honor next to God, pleading for us. 35Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death? 36(Even the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.” 37No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. 39Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
-To those of us with spiritual insight, the actions on the Cross mean the end to sin. It is the act on that cross which turns all things to good; turns the base things in the life of a believer into something precious.
-Since God is FOR us…who can be against us? Satan will do his best to stop God’s work in us. But since satan tries to thwart God’s plan for us in this way, why doesn’t God end him and stop this “madness”? Because, God’s plan for us is to conform us into the image of Christ, to share in His victory. In order for us to have victory over something, there must be something there to overcome!
-God uses satan’s resistance in our lives to make us victorious in Christ. We as believers can be victorious in EVERY situation in our lives because Christ has conquered all sin, trials, and weakness. Since Christ’s victory was over all sin and death, we as followers of Him can have victory over these things. Although we all die physically, Jesus has overcome not only physical but spiritual death. We as believers, though we will die, will be resurrected in an immortal body and will forever overcome physical death!
-In verse 37 of this passage, the Greek word used to denote us being conquerers is “hypernikeo” which literally means “super conquerers”. This term denotes something or somebody that is so strong that their adversary literally has NO place in the field. It denotes the idea that an enemy who steps foot in your arena can literally be overcome and permanently vanquished. But you see, we as Christians have become “mega conquerers” over this world’s sin and spiritual death becase of Christ’s victory and resurrection. We have the blessing to be able to share in His strength. As Christians, Jesus is right there willing to offer His victory to us in all our struggles and failures…all we need to do is surrender it all to Him and follow His very footsteps.
-Christ redeems our sin and turns our struggles into something more precious than gold. Christ has the power to take the broken things in our lives and turn them into something whole and good.
-Christ’s victory over all sin allows Him to help us to become victorious through our struggles with individual sins. As Christians, we must keep in mind that whatever horrible things can happen in our lives as a result of satanic attack, we can rejoice…no we MUST rejoice because we know that NO ONE and NOTHING can take away our salvation and our place in our eternal home in heaven.
-Jesus turns victims into victors. Unlike modern psychology’s attempt to provide a way of “coping” with our problems and failures through various books and conferences, Christ doesn’t just provide a way to “cope” with victimization, He REDEEMS us from it!
-In Christ, there are no more victims, we are MORE THAN conquerers through Him who loves us! No matter how hard is the place you are in in your life and no matter how insurmountable your struggles may seem, Jesus Christ WILL deliver you and He WILL defeat our foe, satan. Satan’s execution is sure and we need to rejoice for behold, our Lord has overcome our enemy!
-Next time you feel so completely bogged down by troubles in life, and next time you feel like a victim to the world and a victim to your past…remember this, Christ has overcome! You need to just cling to Him and allow Him to make you a conquerer in your life. Rejoice in this…we are no longer victims to sin and victims to the troubles of this world…remember this when the enemy will tell you you are a victim and there is no way out. Look instead to the light of Christ and let Him clothe you and equip you against this fight! Don’t give in! For we are super-conquerers! Satan and sin has been overcome and we in Christ are victorious and can overcome these also!