Ever wonder about the word ‘more’ in Romans 8:37 “…we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us…?”
Seems like an unnecessary addition to something so final. Merriam-Webster describes a conqueror as, “One who: wins a country in war, subdues or subjugates a people, or overcomes an adversary.”
Wins. Subdues. Overcomes.
So why does it say we are “more than conquerors?” Is it saying we need to win more? Overcome more? – Conquer more?
I don’t think so.
Picture with me the aftermath of a battle from your favorite movie. A grizzly scene to be sure. Death and destruction as far as the eye can see. The winning side walks through the carnage, surveying the damage.
The battle is won, the enemy conquered. Most movies will now cut to the celebration feast, a joyous banquet of thanksgiving for their victory. What’s left?
Let’s cut back to the victorious battleground. Put yourself there in your imagination. Buildings are still in rubble. Landscape burnt to a crisp. Remnants of the defeated’s way of life are all around. What do you do?
Now comes the MORE. We remove the old and build the new.
Our sin nature was crucified with Jesus – it was conquered. Done.
Now we are free for the more – to build the kingdom of God on the earth until He returns.