“More Than Conquerors” sounds cool when launched off the lips of Christians trying to flex their spiritual muscles and proclaim a power they’re not really feeling.
It might be displayed on t-shirts and Bible covers, but not always in lives.
We have to remember, this phrase powers over a Nike slogan. They just do, Christians more than conquer.
This phrase is a compound word in the original Greek language HUPERNIKAO, to vanquish beyond.
HUPER – translated above, chiefest, exceedingly abundantly, exceedingly, very highly
NIKAO – translated overcome, conquer, prevail, get the victory
Yep, Nike got their name from the same root, NIKE, the means of success.
We absolutely have the exceedingly abundantly conquering power, but we struggle to tap into that power.
Here’s another place HUPER is used.
Philippians 2:9, “God has also highly exalted Him, and given Him a Name which is above (HUPER) every name.”
We can have HUPER conquering power because our Savior has a HUPER Name above all Names.
When I read about HUPER, I can’t help but hear the way my relatives would say it.
The upper Midwest has a lilting, Scandinavian accent, especially the older generation. Growing up in North Dakota I couldn’t hear it because I was surrounded by it. We moved to Kansas for seven years and y’all know what? When I came back I could hear the big ol’ Norvejhun accent. They love their vowels, full, round and long.
Ya’ gotta’ hear them say SUPER with their accent. Not the meal, the adjective used to express great delight and happiness.
It takes me a half second to say super. Depending on the age of the speaker and how close they live to the Canadian border, they can take up to three seconds to say this word.
The syllables are drawn out long enough to ascend and descend the accent mountain.
First you go just a little down with the first syllable, like you’re revving up the vowel engine, then charge up with the full vowel sound, SUUUUUUUUUUU, then coast back down, PERRRRRRRRRR.
The R’s are very round and full at the end of words. It’s not the East coast where their r’s just fall off the end with a weak schwa sound. Scandinavians say their R sound an extra long time, then kinda’ swallow it.
The only thing better than SUPER is SUPER DUPER. Nothing is better than the superlative SUPER DUPER.
Let’s get back to that Super Duper Greek word Huper and the super translation – “EXCEEDINGLY ABUNDANTLY, EXCEEDINGLY and VERY HIGHLY.”
Romans 8:37 "In all these things we are more than conquerors (HUPER) through Him that loved us."
What are the THINGS Paul is speaking about? Go back a few verses.
v. 35 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”
Oh. Those things.
As soon as the words tribulation and distress are mentioned, we fill in our own blanks. We all have burdens and heartbreaks that cause us to cry out to the Lord.
In America we Christians don’t generally have to be concerned about nakedness, but there’s sexual abuse. We don’t face physical swords, but there’s spiritual wickedness after our families and churches. Have unbelievers in your family? There could be persecution. Lost a job? You might not be suffering a famine yet, but are worried about provision.
Recognize the words exceedingly abundantly from another verse?
Ephesians 3:20, “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding (HUPER) abundantly above (HUPER) all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”
We can live as HUPER conquerors because of His HUPER Name and His ability to answer our prayers HUPER above what we ask or think.
We just need to remember to ask. Pray without ceasing. Don’t give it to the Lord in prayer and take it back in worry. Pray until you pray.
Isn’t that HUPER SUUUUUUUUUUPERRRRRRRRRR DUUUUUUUUUUPERRRRRRRRRR?