MORE THAN CONQUERORS
All hail the mighty Conqueror, Christ Jesus, our great King!
All hail the glorious Warrior, to Whom our praise we bring.
May He be given honors by all His ransomed host:
We, too, are more than conquerors who make His name our boast.
Yet how can we inherit this title “conqueror” too?
We have not earned the merit or fame that is His due.
For we have only failed Him by every sin and doubt.
Indeed, we cruelly nailed Him and cast the Conqueror out.
But rising up victorious He conquered death and sin,
And reigns in Heaven glorious, each conflict set to win.
To those of His own choosing He shares the victory;
Says, “Though you once were losing, come conquer now through me.”
“You cannot be defeated by trials in this life.
The conquest is completed o’er Satan, sin, and strife.
No pain, no tribulation, no danger, famine, sword,
No—nothing in creation can conquer those in God.”
Now since our God is for us what have we then to fear?
Though enemies deplore us, we face them all with cheer.
For we will be triumphant: each foe will be trod down
Beneath the Christ exultant, who shares the Conqueror’s crown.
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As the title gives away, this text is based on that glorious conclusion to the 8th chapter of Romans. As we look today at the world around us we may be prone to despair. Any number of fears may pile up in our minds. But Paul's point in this passage is clear: none of these things that we fret over will ever separate us from Christ, so there is no need to worry! Indeed, in Christ we have conquered those fears and foes. That's the amazing thing about Christianity. Christ is the one who has conquered, Christ is the one who has crushed Satan, and yet by faith we become united to Him and we share in that victory. As Paul says later on in this same epistle, “The God of all peace will soon crush Satan underneath your feet.” What an amazing thing to belong to a King who freely shares all of His victory with His people (see especially the concluding line of the hymn). So what can cause us to fear? If we are Christians, then we are conquerors.
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