by Clarence E. Macartney

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The Greatest Men of the Bible (1 of 15)
Paul-More Than a Conqueror
Clarence E. Macartney
Rom. 8:37

When Lord Nelson reported to the British Admiralty his
great victory over the French fleet in the Battle of
the Nile, he said that victory was not a large enough
word to describe what had taken place. When Paul spoke
of the victory that, through Jesus Christ, he had won
over all the ills and adversaries and temptations and
woes of life, that greatest of all words, conqueror,
was not sufficient to describe it, and therefore he
said, "More than conquerors." "Nay, in all these
things we are more than conquerors through him that
loved us."

"More than conqueror." That is the only phrase that
seems adequate when we come to speak of Paul. Paul was
always a struggler and a battler-always a warrior, a
contender, contending against the Christian disciples
when he persecuted them, battling with Jews, battling
with Gentiles, battling with Roman officials, battling
with Jewish ecclesiastics, battling with mobs,
battling with false friends, battling with weariness
and fatigue, battling with thorns in the flesh, and,
finally, battling with death itself. Yet in all these
things he was more than a conqueror.

On one occasion, after he had been delivered out of
great peril at Ephesus where he had the sentence of
death passed on him and after he had been delivered
out of deep and painful anxiety concerning the church
at Corinth by the return of his messenger, Titus, Paul
cried out in the joy of his soul, "Thanks be unto God,
which always causeth us to have a triumph in Christ!"
There he made use of the greatest of all Roman scenes
and pageants, a Roman triumph. The triumphal arch was
the last word in Roman art and splendor. With their
sculptured reliefs depicting battles and sieges in all
parts of the world, these great arches, such as that
of Titus and Constantine, look grandly down today upon
the heap of rubb ...

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