The Christian Conqueror
1. Christians are made conquerors at their first conversion, when through grace they obtain deliverance from the power of darkness and unbelief.
2. When grace gains the ascendancy, and particular corruptions are weakened and subdued.
3. Believers are conquerors at a throne of grace. God fulfils their requests, and often exceeds them, as he did those of Solomon.
4. Believers overcome the afflictions and trials of the present life, and such as they are called especially to endure for Christ's sake, and so are conquerors.
5. The saints are conquerors in a dying hour.
II. Christians are not only conquerors, but more than conquerors.
1. They conquer those enemies which none besides can conquer, and which to all others would be invincible.
2. The means by which they overcome are such as enhance the glory of their conquests.
3. There is also something in the manner in which they overcome that makes them more than conquerors. Improvement
(1) Let not believers be dismayed at any opposition. "A troop may overcome them, but they shall overcome at last." Does the world molest, or Satan exult over the Christian? Even out of the dust he may lift up his head, and say, "Rejoice not over me, O mine enemy; for when I fall, I shall arise." The strong expression in our text is well adapted to excite strong confidence, and the believer may sing with the Psalmist, " The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear ? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war should rise up against me in this will I be confident." Ps 27:1-3.
(2) The most successful Christian should take heed of pride and self-sufficiency. Let him say with the apostle, "Not I, but Christ who dwelleth in me." We are but striplings at best in the field of battle have no might or power of our own to encounter the great multitude that is coming up against us: Jesus is a great king, against whom there is no rising up. The best of men, if left to themselves, would be in a very unsafe condition. Our conquest over Satan, death and hell, is not by any policy or power that we can exercise, but by the abounding grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. The comforts arising from our hopes of victory belong to us, but the crown must be placed on the Redeemer's head, and let him that glorieth, glory in the Lord. If we are conquerors, more than conquerors, it is only through Him that hath loved us. The ransomed of the Lord shall return to Zion with songs, and everlasting joy upon their heads: the days of their mourning shall be ended, their warfare shall be accomplished. May it be happiness to join their society, and swell the triumph of that day!
Bless'd is the man, for ever bless'd,
Whose trust is in the Lord ;
He is of every good possess'd,
That 's promised in his word.
While he the heavenly path pursues,
Amidst a thousand snares,
His daily strength the Lord renews,
And scatters all his fears.
Should powers of earth and hell combine,
To make his soul a prey,
At once he 'll frustrate their design,
Who stronger is than they.
Fresh conquests, faith shall still obtain,
O'er each rebellious lust;
This is the portion of the man,
Who makes the Lord his trust.
(This hymn appears in some editions. It is 243 in the book.)