We are to be Conquerors. We are not slaves to the fashions and pleasures of the world, but victors for God, (II.Ti.4:7) “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:”
Having been born of God we belong to the upper class, and we are overcoming the world through faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord, note (Eph. 3:15) tells us, “Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,” It is by Jesus’ name that we become overcomes
The gift of Christ was for the express purpose of opening a door through which all other good things might pass to us.
Jesus is the great Charter of Christian privilege, the Preacher of peace, the Ambassador of reconciliation, the channel of Divine grace. “All things are yours.”throught Christ”
Love triumphs, “Shall these things separate us from God’s love? Nay,” God’s love is too strong; and God’s gifts, already given, are too great and, indeed, those things all enter into the working of God’s purpose, and plan and therefore cannot break it.
Nay, more: if they enter into the working of that purpose, they shall actually subserve it; and so we shall not only conquer, but more than conquer (ver. 28), for that which is against us is working for us (II.Ti.1:9) declares, “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,”
We are Conquerors in the Midst of Suffering.Tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, and sword. All these are still with us, but faith in Jesus Christ gives the victory.
We are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake. This present world always keeps in the place of death people who have the life of Jesus in them, but we conquer still, and press on to know Him, note (Phil. 3:14) “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
This year holds many opportunities for us.” Every opportunity that appeals to us. It appeals to us to avail ourselves of it, to show what side we are on, to make our choice for time and eternity.
Abraham had his opportunity when the call came to him to leave his father’s house, and he used it well. It showed him to be a man of faith, a man who would do God’s bidding at all cost.
Joseph, Joshua, Daniel, each of these had his opportunity, and used it well, (Dan. 3:18) “But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”
Herod had his opportunity, he seemed to be impressed by the preaching of John the Baptist, for “he did many things, and heard him gladly;” but when the critical and testing opportunity came of making his choice, of choosing good rather than evil, he lost it, (Mr. 6:25) “And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist. And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath’s sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her.”
So it was with Felix and Agrippa, “Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a 2 Christian.” (Ac.26:28).
We are More than Conquerors. Our enemies are not only conquered and subdued, but brought as willing servants into the work of the Lord. (Saul Ac.9:4) tells us this,” And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do?
Paul was more than conquered when he became a preacher of the Gospel he so much hated.
Jesus gives us pardon for our sins, a perfect model of goodness, a higher conception of human virtue, a powerful motive of obedience, a holy bond of brotherhood, and a bright hope of everlasting life.
To be more than conquerors we must be more than conquered. It is not enough that we be overcome, there must be the willing and entire surrender of ourselves into the hands of God, to say, to be, and to do all that he may appoint.
Pure Christianity has to combat unbelief, materialism, the self indulgent habits of the age.
Pure Christianity has to be upon its guard against superstitious views and habits, and mere outward cooperation with public opinion (Mt 24:24) “ For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”
We are More than Conquerors through Him. The power of conquering and aggressive work for God is not in ourselves, nor in our plans and organisations, but in the God who worketh in us.
Thanks be unto God who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
We overcome by the blood of the Lamb. The blood of the Lamb is the sharp edge of the sword of the Word, the Spirit’s holy weapon. Cling to it, use it.
Abraham journeyed to Mount Moriah to offer Isaac as a burnt offering. He found there that God had provided a substitute in the ram caught in the thicket, and that, therefore, Isaac could go free. He accordingly called the place “Jehovah- Jireh”
We can defy our environment, as well as our enemies. Tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, sword, one and all shall be found to be powerless in separating us from the love of Christ. Jesus, with his loving and almighty arm, can hold us safe in every trial and difficulty.
Death shall be no separating power. So far from this, the believer is enabled to rejoice in the fact that to die shall be gain; absent from the body, present with the Lord. The king of terrors will only usher the emancipated spirit into the near presence of his Lord.
Life shall prove no separating power. Even when it is flowing full and free, with all its tasteless and distracting shows, it will not be allowed to separate us from the love of Christ. Of the two dangers to our union with Christ, life is greater than death, but not so great as to defeat the loving power of Jesus.
Angels, principalities, powers, shall prove no separating power. This must refer to the evil angels, to Satan and his hosts; for the good angels are our helpers (Hebrews 1:14).
A risen Saviour is more than sufficient to meet and overthrow them all.
Things present, appealing to sense, shall also be unable to separate us from Christ’s love. They are insidious and powerful foes, yet Christ can vanquish them. He can conquer the tendency to be over-occupied with such things.
Things to come, appealing to fear, shall be unable to separate us from Christ.
No possible combination of circumstances can perplex us. He is more than a match for all.
Height, depth, or any other creature, shall likewise be unable to separate us from the Lord’s love. Neither space nor time, things physical or things supernatural, shall be able to endanger our union with Christ.