More Than Conquerors–Part 2

Having talked about the root and reasons why we are more than conquerors in a previous blog, I will talk about our responsibilities.   
 
We have two:  to affirm and to act on the certainty of our salvation and eternal security.
 
Romans 8:35 and 37 include a similar question that includes the phrase:  “separate us from the love of.” Both verses refer to the unwavering love of Christ and God toward Christians despite our seemingly overwhelming trials.  Notice an important distinction: the direction of love is Heaven sent and not earthly originated.  
 

Our first responsibility is to affirm or declare that our salvation through Christ is a single act which cannot be undone or lost because of outside forces.  Romans 8:35 says “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” (NASB).  Isn’t this awesome news? The same love of God who helped Christ overwhelming overcome Satan’s temptations in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11) is the same love behind the plan of salvation (John 3:16).

 
To be clear, saying we’re saved doesn’t make it so.  Romans 3:23 states “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  We don’t cause our own salvation by forcing Satan to remove his death grip on us by clicking our heels like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz .  When we know we’re saved, we are comforted by Hebrews 6:13-20 which explains our confidence in our salvation.  We’re responsible to “Amen” the promises of God who planned our salvation, Jesus who provides our salvation, and the Holy Spirit who preserves our salvation.  
 
Our second responsibility is to act on this certainty of salvation and security.  By this, I mean that our practical Christian living should be fueled by studying, listening, and putting into action the Word of God (James 1:19-27).  
 
So how can we avoid becoming hypocrites who act as if rather than act because we are believers?  James 1:22 tells us “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves” (emphasis added).  Here “delude” originates from the term paralŏgizŏmai which speaks of cheating, defrauding, and misleading by fallacious reasoning. 1  According to Ronald Blue, “The deception comes from thinking they [hearers] have done all that is necessary when actually listening to the Word is only the beginning.” 2
 
It’s no coincidence that James emphasizes our motives.  Acting on the certainty of being more than conquerors means walking in confidence and faithful expectation of our ultimate victory.  As I heard Tony Evans say, faith is acting like God will do what He says He’ll do.

 

With faith like that, the fight is fixed:  we’ve won before the battle begins!
 
1  Lust, Johan, Erik Eynikel, and Katrin Hauspie. A Greek-English Lexicon of the Septuagint : Revised Edition 2003: Digital.
 
2  Blue, J. Ronald. “James.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 823. Print.
 

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