32 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?
33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8: 31-39
Where do we start with these amazing nine verses? It is snowing outside my window and nothing is moving on the streets below. The ocean is covered in mist, snow and cold. It is as if I am at the end of the world and all nature is pouring out its frustrations and fury upon our little town. Can God find me here, in this storm, in this tiny town, in a far away part of this province? Yes, He does!
This is what these verses are telling us. God is always with us, never abandons us, or forgets where we live. He is with us in the sunshine and the storms of life. No one, no being, no temptation, no Satanic attack, nothing can separate us from His love. That love is written in stone, guaranteed by the nails of Calvary’s cross. “Nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:39b
Many Christians don’t believe God is for them (Romans 8:31); instead they have a view of God that is distorted and in many ways even demonic. They see God as a tyrant who spends His life searching out sin in their lives so He can eliminate them from the Kingdom. Now these people would never confess that is how they vision God, but their stress upon absolute obedience, sinless perfection, and overcoming betrays them.
I have talked to far too many Christians who believe God is keeping tract of every sin against us and our fellow man, and these wrongs, if not confessed, will be brought against us in order to deny us eternity. Even sins we committed years ago and have long forgotten about are brought out to condemn us. These Christians live in constant fear that somehow they will do something in word, thought or action that will be the tipping point where God throws His hands up in disgust and condemns the person to Hell.
And then we read Romans 8:32, “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?” Now look again at verse 34, “Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”
None of this is about your ability to overcome sins or living a perfect life of sinless obedience. This is about what God has done for you, through His Son Jesus, because He loves you. Jesus didn’t die on Calvary’s cross so that the Father could love you; He died because the Father already loves you. You are precious in His sight and He is giving everything including His Son’s life so that you may have eternal life and be with Him forever. Really, does this sound like a God who spends His days pouring over the books of Heaven to find fault with you so He can keep you out of Heaven?
No one condemns us—Why? It is because Jesus died for us, was raised to life, sits at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. The Trinity cries out we are redeemed because our trust is in the cross, the substitutionary death that Jesus carried out so that we could be given a place at the Father’s table. Who has the right to deny us our place in the Kingdom of Heaven—no one? Why? Because Jesus died for us, our sins, our guilt, our shame, our rebellion, and carried the penalty of sin upon His shoulders that we could be proclaimed righteous in Him.
Verse 35 cries out to us, “Who can separate us from the love of Christ?” Nothing can do that, absolutely nothing. Verse 33 asks, “Who will bring charges against those whom God has chosen?” The answer is no one. Nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35
Let it snow outside, let the winds blow, they mean nothing. Jesus knows where I live because He lives within my heart, and your heart as well. God doesn’t play hot potato with you saying one moment you’re saved and the next you’re lost. He has declared you and me as His children, His beloved Children and He has given all that is precious to Him to see us prodigals come home again.
Please, don’t ever allow anyone try to convince you that your redemption is not secure in Christ. You are saved by Jesus work at Calvary not your strivings. You could work to be good every waking and sleeping moment of your life and you would still fall so short of God’s ideal for you that you wouldn’t register on the goodness scale. Our only hope is in Jesus love, the Father’s love and the Spirit’s love and that is guaranteed love. By faith you are saved.
Look, your sins are cast into the deepest part of the Ocean, they are hidden behind God’s back, they are as far away as the East is from the West. They have been forgiven and forgotten by our gracious, loving Creator. God doesn’t have a bag with your sins in it that He can draw out any time He wishes to beat you up with them. They don’t exist any longer.
In verse 37 we are given these encouraging words, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” When we accept the reality that nothing can separate us from the love of God then we are more than conquerors. Is it because we have been good enough to deserve to be conquerors? No, it is because we have trusted God and not allowed the hardships of life to discourage us from believing in His unconditional love. Jesus is the conqueror and it is His defeat of all evil that allows us to live the life of assurance.
This is a great song by Casting Crowns
* Please take the time to read some of the stories of Christians who are experiencing persecution for their total commitment to Christ. They need our support and prayers.. http://thebeggardanced.com/nine-oclock-club/ there is much more on the internet…