Rom 8:37-39 “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 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 creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
In the previous two verses, Paul has named a list of things that are common to the human condition. This list included tribulation, persecution, and even death. Now we are being told that none of these things matter in the least. The word “nay” as used here carries the idea of in spite of or in opposition to these things.
The world view deems this list to be one of destruction. However, the scripture gives us a very different view of the situation. We are more than conquerors in ALL these things. It is a peculiar situation of those who trust in Christ to be more than conquerors, even in the battles we have not yet fought.
There is a great significance in being more than conquerors. Throughout history, and even today, we see battles being fought where one group is declared to be the conqueror. However, to maintain that status the must be continually on guard. Even though they have “conquered,” there are almost daily battles to maintain that position.
This is the perpetual state of man. When we have conquered anything in our own strength, we must be constantly ready to fight to defend what we have gained. Man, left to his own devices, will never be “more” and a conqueror. Only in those things that we have through Him that loved us can we be more than conquerors.
We understand that we take up our cross daily. We know there are foes that resist the values that we have been given by Jesus Christ. However, we are still more than conquerors in Him because the warfare is already accomplished. Only in the love of Jesus Christ can we understand that even when we still have battles to face, the victory is already ours.
God has given us the victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ. In Him, not only are these things conquered, but they are destroyed so that they shall never threaten to separate us from His love! Paul was absolutely convinced (persuaded) of this wonderful truth by the grace of God. We do not have to be afraid that death can ever separate from the love of God because Jesus has overcome death.
While we might not think in this manner often, it is life that often challenges us more than the thought of facing death. In Jesus, we can live life more abundantly and without fear. There is no government, no army, no angel, nothing before us today and nothing that we might face tomorrow that can separate us from the love of God. We cannot climb so high or sink so low that we are outside the love of God.
As human beings, we are sometimes worried with the “what-abouts and what-ifs” of life. Paul made it perfectly clear that there is nothing in this category that can separate us from God’s love. He covered these things in the phrase “any other creature.” God’s love is unassailable and unbounded because it is in Jesus Christ who died and rose again, and is alive forevermore.
May our souls rest in the sure knowledge that our God has loved us with an everlasting love!