More Than Conquerors
"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which
God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed
them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things,
yea, the deep things of God" I Cor 2:9-10.
The fullness of all that God both planned and carried out
in our behalf is greater than our comprehension. Only as we
begin to understand "What the riches of the glory of
His inheritance in the saints, and what the exceeding greatness
of His power to usward who believe, according to the working
of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised
Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the
heavenly places" (Eph 1:18b-20) are we able to identify
ourselves with the fact that "He raised us with Him and
through union with Christ Jesus He made us sit down with Him
in the heavenly realm" Eph 2:6 Williams.
This in-working of God's power profits us little unless
we believe. Unbelief hinders the working of His power in our
behalf. It is greatly a failure, as far as God getting glory
is concerned, if we limit Salvation to being saved from hell
and death. The Lord did not save us with heaven as His objective.
He saved us that He might get glory to His Name throughout
the endless ages. We are to be to His glory, not only then,
but here on earth while we are yet in these bodies of our
When we fail to grasp the far-reaching meaning that is embodied
in the purpose of God through redemption, we are unable to
"lay hold" on that for which Christ laid hold on
us. If we do not draw largely upon the grace and power which
are "in Christ," our lives will be marked by spiritual
It is as though a man had fallen heir to a large inheritance,
but only believed that it was in the thousands, whereas it
was in the millions. Therefore, he lived to the lesser amount,
and derived no benefit from the rest. Thus it is with the
spiritual provision which God has made available for us inour
blessed Lord. Through neglect, or a careless indifference,
we have notsearched deeply enough into the extent of our riches
"in Christ Jesus." Whenthe riches of God's plan
for us has not broken in upon our consciousness, Godis robbed
of the glory which He has purposed to receive through our
The Word clearly sets forth our possessions in Christ Jesus
and invites usto enter therein and possess them. It urges
us to do so, that we may not fallshort of the grace of God.
God's purpose in leading the children of Israel outof Egypt
was that He might bring them into Canaan. Yet, they did not
fullybelieve this and were unable to enter into the land.
They had faith to comeout of Egypt, but they did not have
faith to enter into Canaan.
Thus it is with many of us in regard to our position in
Christ. We haveread of our vital union with Him. But because
our understanding has beendulled by not having the word of
God mixed with faith in our hearts, many of ushave not viewed
our possessions from the mountain top, as did Moses; much
lesshave we entered in and possessed the land as did Joshua
We must embrace the ever-working abounding grace which flows
as a river tous through the cross of Calvary. As sinners condemned
to death, without a germof divine life or righteousness within
us, we were dead unto God and holiness,and were alive unto
Satan and sin. Being children of wrath, we could not haveaccess
to God. He could only move upon us in conviction of sin.
But when we were born again and became new creatures in
Christ Jesus, Godput to death that old sinful nature, and
in its place birthed the divinenature. Satan and sin, with
their power and bondage, were taken out of ourlives, and in
their place God put the power of the divine nature, which
makesus alive unto Him in Christ Jesus. We have been given
the very life of Christ,and have become bone of His bone and
flesh of His flesh.
That sinful nature which was once alive in us, is now dead.
The divinenature, which had been destroyed by the fall, is
now alive. We must not onlysee ourselves hanging upon the
cross, crucified with Christ, which is thebeginning of God's
work in making real to us our union with Him; but we mustalso
see ourselves to be risen with Him, and living in Him. Made
bone of Hisbone and flesh of His flesh, we have been raised
up to live in Him in newnessof life.
Our identification with Him in resurrection has been too
much lost sight of. It becomes the key to victory when this
fact is quickened to us and made realwithin our being: We
not only died in Him, but we were raised up in Him as anew
creation. In Him, God has amply provided the enabling grace
to live anovercoming life. We are to "Likewise reckon
ye also yourselves to be deadindeed unto sin, but alive unto
God through Jesus Christ our Lord" Romans 6:11.
We are not to "make believe" that we are dead
to sin and alive unto God. Weare to accept it as a "finished
fact" that has life and victory in it. We havebeen made
dead to every moving of our self life, and have been made
alive tothe virtue that is in Christ. If we have any pride
or impatience seeking tomove within us, we are made dead to
these, and are made alive to humility andpatience in Christ.
But one may ask why this transforming power has had so little
effect uponthem. It is because they have not believed that
it applies to them. We mustconfirm the fact, moment by moment,
as we come up against temptations, thatthey no longer have
any power over us, because we are dead to sin and alive toGod
in Christ Jesus.
"As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord,
so walk ye in him:Rooted and built up in him, and stablished
in the faith, as ye have beentaught, abounding therein with
thanksgiving" Colosians 2:6-7.
In a dim general way, we may believe this truth; but it
must be appliedspecifically to every condition and event of
our life. Only thus, will thisfact of His transforming power
become active and bring victory to us. Throughthe neglect
of putting this into practice and the weakness which results
fromsuch negligence, it may at first be difficult for us to
We are to humbly ask God to remove the vague general ideas
that we have hadconcerning our privileges in Christ, and the
unbelief that this has engendered. As we keep our eyes upon
Jesus, and by faith apply this work, which God hasaccomplished
in our behalf through Christ, to every situation and condition,
weshall find the Truth will begin to be quickened to us. And
though it may notbecome, all at once, a sweeping victory,
we shall be brought to the place whereChrist's promise that
we will have power over all the power of the enemy, willbe
proven true in our lives.
It is because we are "in Christ" that this is
possible. Here, we have atour disposal all of the power that
is in Him, that we might become more thanconquerors. We are
to wait upon Him until our union with Him becomes a livingreality
within us. It is when this reality of our being "in Him"
is made tolive and take hold of our lives, that we begin to
see that God has put at ourdisposal that working of the strength
of His might, which He wrought in ChristJesus, when He raised
Him from the dead.
Now we can abide as "more than conquerors through Him
who loved us."