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WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS

“NAY, IN ALL THESE THINGS we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” He has recapitulated all the things that can assail the believer, and He has made the believer more than a conqueror. Few of us have realized that our combat is with the eternally defeated one. How few folks know that Satan was eternally defeated when Jesus arose from the dead, that He couldn’t have risen until Satan was defeated, and that Jesus was to be the Head of an unconquerable body! Sin consciousness had been the outstanding enemy of the believer, but there is no ground for it. If one knew that sin and sins were put away when he was Born Again, that there was no past that could ever confront him again, it would change his life completely. (2 Corinthians 5:17-27.)
Everything that he has ever been and everything that he has done was put away, His sins were remitted. His nature that has led him to sin has been changed. A new nature has taken its place. The blood has cleansed him. He is now utterly one with Christ. He is complete in Him.

Colossians 2:9, 10, “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily, and in him ye are complete (or made full), who is the head of all principality and power. That completeness is a result of the Father’s own work. Ephesians 2:10, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.” The Father couldn’t create anything in His Son that wasn’t perfectly well pleasing to Himself. We have been created in His Son. The actual working out of that creation is described in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Wherefore if any man is in Christ he is a new creation, the old things have passed away; behold they are become new: and all these things are of God who reconciled us to himself through Christ.” That New Creation is a new species that stands complete and perfect in the Father’s presence. This New Creation is as perfect as the first creation was in the Garden. The difference is that this New Creation is a son, an heir of God, and a joint heir with Jesus Christ.

You can see what this means. It puts them over into the same class with Jesus-as conquerors. Romans 8:1 was written for us, this New Creation people: “There is therefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus.” Take also this scripture, Romans 8:31-33, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He that spared not His own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not also with him freely give us all things? Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth: Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ Jesus that died, yea, rather, that was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.”

In these three verses we have the assurance of the Father’s being on our side, and that He has freely given us all things that pertain to Godliness and to a life of victory in this present evil age in which we are living. He challenges anyone to lay anything to our charge. We are God’s elect. God has recreated; God has justified us. God has made us what we are. In the thirty-fifth verse it says, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” It can’t be done. You are more than a forgiven sinner. You are a recreated son of God, a master of demons. In the mind of the Father you are utterly one with Jesus. But, it doesn’t end there. Your triumph, your victory, makes it possible for you to stand in the Father’s presence just as though you were Jesus Himself.

Do you know what is implied in that? If you can stand in the Father’s presence without condemnation, you can stand in the presence of Satan or demons in any place without fear. You are Satan’s master. 2 Corinthians 5:21, “Him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in him.” We have become the righteousness of God in Christ, and by becoming the righteousness of God in Christ we have become masters of all unrighteousness. We are the masters of the forces that have made unrighteousness. Righteousness, here, means the ability to stand in the Father’s presence without the sense of guilt or inferiority, or condemnation.
You are superior to the forces of darkness. You are a master of everything that is evil.
I don’t know whether you are familiar with John 1:16 or not: “For of his fullness have we all received, and grace upon grace.”
What is that fullness? It is what Jesus is in Himself. That is what made Him what He is.

When you received Eternal Life you received the very thing that makes Jesus what He is. You received of the Father His very Nature; so if you have received into your spirit that which makes God what He is, you are like Him. When the church recognizes this, it is going to revolutionize the whole structure. Jesus and Paul spoke the Father’s words. That is what made Jesus Omnipotent. The same Omnipotence is in the Pauline Revelation for us. You can say, “I am what He says I am.” He has said that you are His child, and you are what He says you are. (1 John 3:2.)

“Now in all these things we are more than conquerors” (Romans 8:37), and we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. There is no earthly power or demoniacal power that can separate us from the Father love that was in Jesus. You are His own, and He is yours. Let us go over some facts on which you can build a stable consciousness of victory. These scriptures that we are going to use are all familiar to you. Colossians 1:13, 14, “Who delivered us out of the authority of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love; in whom we have our redemption, the remission of our sins.”
You have been delivered out of Satan’s dominion by the New Birth. You have been translated into the family of God by the New Birth. When that thing took place, everything that pertained to the old life stopped being. Satan’s dominion ended right there. Everything that Satan brought into the world by Adam’s transgression has been nullified and brought under the dominating power of the New Creation in Christ.

There is a perfect redemption. When your heart knows it as you know heat and cold, Satan’s dominance ends. Then take that next scripture that we have given you: “Wherefore if any man is in Christ there is a new creation.” Did you notice something? “The old things have passed away.” What are the old things? They are failure, weakness, fear, a sense of unworthiness. They have stopped being.
What are you? You are a branch of Christ. You are a part of Christ just as the branch is a part of the vine. You are a part of Christ, and Christ is God. (John 15:5.) The same wonderful characteristics that were manifested in the earth walk of Jesus now can be manifested in you. All it requires is that you take your part and make your confession as boldly as Jesus made His. From our angle, as we look at the Master we can see that the secret of His victory lay in His continual confession. He held fast to His confession.
It says in 1 Timothy 6:13, speaking of Jesus, “Who before Pontius Pilate witnessed the good confession.” Now your battle is directed in the twelfth verse: “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on the life eternal.”

The good fight of faith is a battle that has been won a long time ago, in which you do nothing but acknowledge the defeat of your enemy and your own victory in Christ. The fight of faith is not a struggle on your part. It is a recognition and a confession on your part of the victory that you and Christ won over the adversary in that great substitutionary battle that took place before He arose from the dead. You were identified in that. You were crucified with Him. You were buried with Him. You were raised with Him. You conquered the enemy with Him. Now, with faith planted solidly upon this foundation, you face your enemy without fear. You dare to say, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ.”

Just as Jesus dared to say, “I am the vine, and ye are the branches”; or, “I am the light of this world”; you say, “I am what He says I am.” More than even that you can say, “I can do what He says I can do.” Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things in him who strengtheneth me.” You see, we are moving out of the realm of weakness into the realm of victory; and you can say, “I am more than a conqueror, for I am complete in Him who is the head of all principalities.” Then you remember 1 John 4:4, “Ye are of God, my little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.” That settles it. You are born of God, created in Christ Jesus. You are now a master. You are becoming God-inside conscious. You are learning to let Him have His place in you.
Just as in the past we have given freedom to our feelings and have said things that at times were unseemly, now we are giving place to the One Who is shedding abroad in us the very Nature and Life of the Father. We are saying to Him, “Holy Spirit, take charge of my speech, my thinking. Govern all the faculties connected with reason and teach me how to live as the “Man Christ Jesus lived.” You see, you can’t fail Him, for He won’t fail you. You have a legal right to His ability wrapped up in that wonderful Name.
John 14:13, 14, “Whatsoever ye shall demand in my name, that will I do that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” That isn’t prayer. That is demanding the forces of darkness to be broken over the lives of men.

You are acting in the place of the Master now. You have unsheathed the sword of the spirit, this living Word, and in your lips that living Word becomes a dominating force as it was in the lips of the Master. You see, you are united with Him. He is the Vine and you are a branch. You grew out of Him. You were created in Him. Don’t forget your perfect union with Him. My heart has feasted on Romans 6:5, “For if we have become united with him in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection; knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him, that the body of sin might be done away, that so we should no longer be in bondage to sin.” That new man has taken the place of the old man. There is a vital, absolute union between your spirit and the Spirit of Christ. It is as vital as the branch is vital in its union with the vine. You bear His name now, and He bears you.

He has made you what you are, and you recognize what you are and give place to the new thing. That way you glorify Him. If you demean yourself and talk about your lack, you rob Him of the glory of His finished work in you and you give place to the adversary’s dominance. You must never do it. You must get used to being what you are. That may be hard with all the Christians about you magnifying weakness and failure, but you must magnify your union with Christ, your utter oneness with Him. You can do it. He is your very strength this day. He is your ability. You remember Psalm 23:1, “Jehovah is my shepherd (that is Jesus); I shall not want.” Now prophecy is turned into reality. I whisper, “I do not want. He kept me to live in the midst of fullness instead of in the desert place. I am drinking deeply of the water of life, the drink that satisfies. I am walking in the green pastures of His fellowship. I am enjoying the fruitage of His wonderful love life.
“You see, in all these things He and I are utterly one. I am getting to visualize myself as I really am in Him. It has been a struggle to get away from the old pictures that I had before my mind. All my early teaching was a struggle with sin that I would never get over till I died. I was to wage a battle continually day by day. Now I enter into the victory of the battle that is won in Christ.” Someone said, “What would you do if sin had never been?” Then I saw a picture. Why, the Father acts toward me, toward us, as though we had never sinned. “Beloved, now we are the sons of God.” And take 1 Corinthians 1:9, “God is faithful, through whom ye were called into the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” Let us put it in the first person: “My Father is faithful to me. He has called me to come and walk with His Son, to live with Him, to carry on the Son’s work in His absence. He has called me to fellowship with Him.”

He is my Lord. And there is that strange expression, “God is faithful.” Faithful to whom? Why, He is faithful to His Son who made it possible for me to be recreated, to become His very son. He is faithful to me as a son. He has called me as a New Creation to fellowship with the Head of this new body called the Church, and to fellowship with His children. Fellowship means eating together, bearing up under pressure together, drinking from the same cup. He has called me to drink with Jesus, to live with Jesus, to share with Jesus in the saving of lost men and the building up of the Body through the Word. The Father acts as though sin had never been as far as I am concerned. When He recreated me He forgot all about my past. Why, the New Creation has no past. It is a “now creation.” This is victory. There are no theories here that cast a dark shadow over the past life, but they are all wiped out. Now we are in the Beloved.

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