Victory from God's Perspective

Paul makes the statement in Romans 8:37 that "...we are more than conquerors through him that loved us." It is true that as "born again believers" we are called to be conquerors, but when we place Romans 8:37 into the context of the chapter, we find that God's perspective of victory is often different than what we would call victory.

Paul starts in Romans 8:35 by listing a number of intense or serious situations such as tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, and sword, stating that none of these can separate us from the love of Christ. Paul then quotes, "As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter" (Romans 8:36). It seems that Paul is saying that those who are conquerors are those that endure all situations holding onto the love of Jesus Christ and the truth.

The type of conquering that Paul is taking about is actually dying to ourselves. When we die to ourselves for the love of Jesus and the truth, we become conquerors. The conquering that Paul is talking about is one where we follow the Spirit (Romans 8:14) and not the flesh.

The world thinks victory is with the strongest and the wisest or comes to the richest, but that is not true. The victory Paul is talking about is a victory that comes where we are spiritually minded rather than carnally minded (Romans 8:6-7). The believers' victory is different thatn the world's victory; the believers' victory comes when we die to ourselves.

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