Overachievers in Christ

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

Sometimes we find ourselves at a loss for words. We feel something so deeply we can’t find words to express it. When the New Testament writers occasionally faced the same problem, they borrowed rare, specific Greek words to convey their meaning—like Paul did in Romans 8:37.

In Romans 8:31-39 Paul details the impossibility of the Christian ever being separated from God’s love. Even though we experience trials, Paul wrote, we are “conquerors” in Christ. But “conquerors” wasn’t enough; Paul needed a stronger word. So he used a very rare Greek word, hupernikao. Huper is the basis of our English word “hyper”—it means above, beyond, or exceedingly. And nikao means to be victorious. Together as one word, they mean “more than conquerors” or “exceedingly victorious.” And that’s what Paul says the Christian is in Christ. Through Christ, the believer is triumphant over every trial and tribulation in life. No wonder he writes that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ (Romans 8:39).

In Christ, you are an overachiever, a hyper-victor, an exceeding conqueror in the face of every obstacle in life.

There is no higher priority in the believer’s life than to delight himself in the love of Christ.
Maurice Roberts

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