May 5, 2021

More Than a Conqueror

Romans 8

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Life in the Spirit

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.1 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you2 free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For...

Life in the Spirit

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.1 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you2 free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin,3 he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus4 from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

Heirs with Christ

12 So then, brothers,5 we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons6 of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

Future Glory

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because7 the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,8 for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

God’s Everlasting Love

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be9 against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.10 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

  “For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
    we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Footnotes

[1] 8:1 Some manuscripts add who walk not according to the flesh (but according to the Spirit)
[2] 8:2 Some manuscripts me
[3] 8:3 Or and as a sin offering
[4] 8:11 Some manuscripts lack Jesus
[5] 8:12 Or brothers and sisters; also verse 29
[6] 8:14 See discussion on “sons” in the Preface
[7] 8:27 Or that
[8] 8:28 Some manuscripts God works all things together for good, or God works in all things for the good
[9] 8:31 Or who is
[10] 8:34 Or Is it Christ Jesus who died . . . for us?

More Than a Conqueror



Key Verse | Romans 8:37

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

Bio | David Cho

Hello, Journey family! My name is David, and I am a senior at the University of Texas at Dallas. I am also plugged into Watermark's College Ministry, called The Nine, which is such a joy. Please check out The Nine if you are in Dallas. We would love to have you!

My hobbies include tennis, coffee, and game nights. I hate vegetables, but I love VeggieTales. It is also concerning that I am a pred-med student and have such a terrible diet. If you would like to help me out, leave a comment!

Central Truth

By His grace, the promises of God embolden us to be more than conquerors.

Devotional | Romans 8

For most of us, calling ourselves conquerors seems weird, let alone "more" than conquerors. Are you kidding me? You might even think that you don't deserve such a title. You are right. We do not...

For most of us, calling ourselves conquerors seems weird, let alone "more" than conquerors. Are you kidding me? You might even think that you don't deserve such a title. You are right. We do not deserve to be conquerors, but we are through Him who loved us. The key to this verse are "these things." Let's focus on them now.

  1. No condemnation. Jesus paid it all through the cross and has set us free to live in a relationship with the Father through the Spirit as His child, which involves glorifying Him through joyous suffering (Romans 8:1-17). You do not have to live up to God's standards because Jesus has done that for you. All that is required is faith (Romans 3:23-25) to receive the gift of grace that He offers; a one-time confession that genuinely invites God to be your Lord (Romans 10:9-10).
  2. No desperation. Paul claims that he can count all the sufferings of the present time and see the coming redemption and glory along with the constant aid, comfort, and witness of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:18-29). In 2 Corinthians 4:7-12, Paul describes this very well. We are fragile, jars of clay. "We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair." (2 Corinthians 4:8) In the pain, there is purpose, not desperation (Romans 8:28).
  3. No separation. Nothing can separate us from the love of God through Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39). God has promised us such an overwhelming promise. Nothing can separate us from His presence. The psalmist in Psalm 139 describes this very well. "Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?" (Psalm 139:7) God does not give us grace and then leave us to fend for ourselves. God is with us. 

"[I]n all these things . . ." (Romans 8:37) lie the promises that embolden us to go into the world as conquerors through Him who loved us. But what does it mean to be more than a conqueror? Paul practices what he preaches. Read 1 Thessalonians 2:2.

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Discussion Questions

1. How does the truth of "no condemnation" apply in your own life and relationship with God? Should this truth propel us from God when we mess up or urge us to call on Him when we do?

2. How does the truth of "no desperation" apply in your own life? Think back to tough times in your life and what Romans 8:18-29 would say about them.

3. How does the truth of "no separation" apply in your own life and relationship with God? Does this fact stir your affections for Him more and comfort you? Does this truth lead you to take His grace for granted? Review Romans 6:1-2.

4. Finally, what does being "more than a conqueror" mean in your life? Do you boldly live each day to glorify God and partake in His mission to save the world?

10 Comments available

Michael Scaman 3 days ago

I meant to say the troubles of this life are followed by the wedding supper of the lamb… Psalm 45 the love song following psalm 44 the Psalm about persectition

Michael Scaman 3 days ago

In Romans 8 it appears those who are: led by the spirit, who are children of God, who love God, who all things work out for the good for are the same group.

Michael Scaman 3 days ago

In Ps 23 we are led by still waters for your names sake. In Ps 44 we are led to the slaughter like lambs for your sake.

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” if from Psalm 44 where we are persecuted for your sake, the Psalm goes on to appeal to God for the sake of God’s unfailing love. It’s always good to appeal to God’s character in prayer.

Psalms 41 had a blessed man, but at the same time poor and betrayed. Psalm 42,43 have struggles with depression and preaching truth to self (Jonah apparently thought on Psalms 3 and 42 we see in his prayers) Psalm 44 on persectution. The Psalm here mentioned. Psalm 45 a love song, a wedding song. The troubles of this life are followed by the persecutions of this world.

Shawn Foster 5 days ago

What a chapter! GM David, Thank you for leading by example. 1. When I mess up I run to this verse & stand under it like a cool spring waterfall. 2. Gives meaning to our pain. 3. Definitely stirs my affections. 4. Being more than a conqueror means I’m not always a dumb sheep but a mighty soldier in the lords army, being fully equipped to crush arguments and strongholds that threaten to dampen our witness. Eager to boldly, gratefully and effectively glorify God, partaking in the greatest of causes!!! HAGWOW

Sue Bohlin 6 days ago

GREAT devo, David! No condemnation | No desperation | No separation–LOVE IT!! (And btw–vegetables are waaaaay better roasted in high heat in olive oil, salt and paper.)

@Bobby Crotty, bless you for choosing to have us linger in this one phenomenal chapter today. Probably the highest point of all Paul’s writings?

My affections for the Lord are stirred by this portion of v. 3, “God sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have.” I am savoring the truth that the eternal unity, distinction, and equality of the triune God was forever changed by the incarnation. There is a human being (though still uncreated God) now sitting at the right hand of the Father in heaven! This blows my mind!

One of the things I most look forward to in heaven is exploring the mysteries of a God whose depths we can never fully grasp.

Greg Jones 6 days ago

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Great bio! We’re a lot alike you and I. I’m pre-diabetic and love Bible Man. I’ve found Pace Picante sauce to be a great vegetable source…

“More than conquerors,” I can hear Paul a little differently. I hear the inner voice of Paul that has explained his gospel to him, and motivated his endurance to spread it, pouring out as he writes. He’s heard of others apart from him, who are like him. Inspired by that, From a different perspective it can sound less like theology, more like song inspired by a life for another life.

Greg Jones 6 days ago

2/2

Building up-I’m a Jew, I step out of my culture, I’m unclean. I don’t do this to identify as a Roman. I am a Roman citizen. As a Roman citizen, I am more than a conqueror. I am a Roman citizen who understands the plight of others, other conquered people. As Paul, I say, we, you and I, are more than Roman conquerors. Being Roman conquerors would separate us from the love of God. The condemnation of our law is less than who we are in Christ.

Ending softly-We are more than conquerors, because if we are only conquerors, we are separated from the love of God. We have to be more than conquerors.

Bobby Crotty 6 days ago

David, your diet of drinking deeply of your relationship with Christ, taking in His Word, and being led by His Spirit in your daily life shines through this devotional. May we all have such a diet! Could not be more excited for you to be a part of the Watermark Institute in 2021-22. Your love of Jesus, desire for His Word, and enthusiasm for sharing His gospel with others will influence many. Love you, pal. Grateful to call you a friend. BC

Hugh Stephenson 6 days ago

2 of 2

Usually the person is focused on “no condemnation”. This verse came alive for me when I focused on “…who are in Christ Jesus”. That’s the conditional statement that makes “no condemnation” be true. It also explains the condemnation merited by the first 55 years of my life.

“In Christ” is another phrase that gets tossed around a lot. Gotquestions.org and Piper edify

https://www.gotquestions.org/in-Christ.html.

https://www.gotquestions.org/who-in-Christ.html

https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/six-things-it-means-to-be-in-christ-jesus

If I am “in Christ” then my sin gives me Godly sorrow as in 2 Corinthians 7:10 and Luke 15:21.

If not, then I am only sorry I got caught. And Romans 8:1 does not apply to me.

Hugh Stephenson 6 days ago

1 of 2

GM David. Excellent devo. I love your focus on the conqueror.

Its nearly impossible for me to pick a verse from Romans 8. Luther states, “It is impossible to read or to meditate on this letter too much or too well.”

I have heard pastors say that it’s the most important chapter in the most important book. It’s hard to argue with that position.

That said, If I wanted an easy way to select key verses in the Bible, I would start with whatever Paul says after, “Therefore…”

Favorite example-

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

This is one of those verses that I hear get thrown around a lot in what I call “Bible Verse Drive By Shootings”.

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