“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31.
In chapter 8 of Romans, the Apostle Paul begins by completing the ideas and concepts he put forward in chapter 7. He contrasts the spiritual and physical sides of man and explains how the spiritual is possible due to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. He also informs us that being led by that spiritual side is how we must live to combat the sin nature in our physical bodies.
But he gives us hope in that, since Jesus was glorified with a new body after His resurrection, we also will be given new sin-free bodies after our resurrections. We will be conformed to His likeness. This is done by God who is faithful to complete what He begins in us.
He then asks, what does all this mean for us, and answers with another question, which is basically a statement of fact. Since God is for us, since He is the one who initiated this process and is working in us to conform us to the likeness of His Son, we have nothing to worry about and can know that the process can’t be stopped by anyone or anything.
“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32.
This backs up what Paul has been saying. God did not spare Jesus in order to save us, but sacrificed Him on the cross. If He was willing to do that, why would He not also freely give us everything else needed to bring us to completeness? This is in contrast to the idea that God sets us on a course then lets us go to make it on our own. No direct action on His part. That is not how He works. What He starts, He maintains, and He finishes.
“Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.” Romans 8:33.
In chapter 7, Paul discussed how sin is a constant problem as long as we are in our current physical bodies cursed with a sin nature. But because of God’s redemptive work, we are no longer condemned. Therefore, there is no one who can bring further charges of sin against us because God has already justified us. And no one is above Him.
“Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” Romans 8:34.
Furthermore, Jesus Christ Himself is the one who died and rose again to pay the price for us, and He is the one who sits at the right hand of the Father to make intercession for us. Any attack on us must go through the Father and the Son.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”” Romans 8:35-36.
The question arises, there may not be anything that anyone could say against us as a child of God, but is there anything that could come between us and God? Paul lists different situations and problems that make it appear we are not in God’s favor. He also quotes Psalm 44, which expresses the psalm writer’s acknowledgment of the same concern. Even though we follow God, circumstances sometimes appear that cause us to doubt His love for us. Can anything come between us?
“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37.
Short answer is, no. Circumstances which arise due to life in this fallen world are just things to overcome. And because of God’s love for us, we are more than conquerors over those circumstances. Nothing can come between us, and He provides the power to overcome.
“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
End of discussion. Jesus Himself said in John 3, that God loved the world so much, He gave His only begotten Son. He loved so He gave. And Paul tells us in Romans 5, that God demonstrated His love for us by having Christ die for us even while we were still in our sins. His love for us was before anything else.
But if we have a problem believing or accepting that, we now have His Son, Jesus and His death and resurrection to prove it. As it says, the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Jesus once and for all shows and proves God’s great love for us.
And that love will never fail.
Do you know Jesus? Do you have a personal relationship with Him? According to scripture, all anyone must do is recognize their sin condition, realize that Christ died to pay for that sin, and ask Him to save them from it. Salvation is a gift of grace we receive by faith. Meet Him today! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need more information.
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