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Devotional - week of January 9, 2011



Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  Romans 8:37


This passage is in a context about suffering which began in Romans 8:17. In Romans 8:31, Paul introduces a section on facing the suffering that God sends. Then in Romans 8:37, Paul writes “… in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”


The words “these things” refer to the sufferings mentioned in verse 35—tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword.”


If we follow the translation “in” all these things, we would understand the passage to mean something like “in the midst of our sufferings, we are more than conquers.” Yet, all believers have not always been more than conquerors in their suffering.  


The word translated “in” is also translated “by” in other passages in the New Testament. It should be so translated in this verse. It is by our sufferings that we become more than conquerors.


 In Romans 8:28 Paul wrote, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” This is a favorite verse for those seeking to comfort the suffering. The next verse says, “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”


Suffering always draws us to God for His grace and comfort. It is that drawing to the Lord that results in our being conformed to the image of Christ.


We also are drawn to a state of dependence on the Lord through suffering which results in our becoming “more that conquerors.” Each new experience of suffering results in a new experience of God’s grace leading to our being more than conquerors.