If you’re a follower of Christ you’re a “super-conqueror.”
Did you know that? Do you feel like it?
(Need some convincing?)
In Romans 8:37 Paul writes: “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
The words “we are more than conquerors” translate a Greek word meaning, quite literally, hyper-conquerors, or super-conquerors.
But the meaning is lost if we miss what comes next: “through him who loved us.”
Jesus is the ultimate conqueror. Through his life, death, crucifixion and resurrection, he has won the victory over death, evil, sin, Satan and darkness.
But that’s not all. It’s a vicarious victory. What he does benefits those who are a part of his family, clan or tribe—and that’s us!
In this sense, we are coattail conquers. We are victorious in life and death, not because of what we have done, but because of what Christ has done for us. By faith, we get to ride his coattails in the biggest victory parade the world has ever known!
Last week we learned horrific news about the beheading of the Rev. Lawan Andimi, a Nigerian pastor who was killed by Boko Haram extremists. The headline at ChristianPost.com read, “Nigerian pastor who praised God in ransom video beheaded after refusing to deny Christ.”
Do you think Rev. Andimi was defeated? Absolutely not. He was—and is—a coattail conqueror, un-threatened and un-intimidated by the evil powers who can threaten the body but not the soul.
You too, are a coattail conqueror. Live with humble confidence as the champion Christ has made you to be.
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
By Matthew Ruttan
–Today’s devotional is based on my most recent sermon: “Coattail conquerors.” Watch it directly on YouTube here (and you can subscribe in the process to get new videos as soon as they’re posted).
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.