Chapter 8:31-39

 
As you read this passage, notice how verses 31-35 show 4 attributes of God, all of which work in our favor. Verse 31 shows Godís power, 32 shows His grace, 33 &34 His justice, and 35 His love.
 
Romans 8:31-39
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
(Vs 31.)
If God in all His POWER is "for us", we donít need to fear anyone. (Ps 118:6; Phil 1:28)
 
(Vs 32.)
God gave what He valued most, His Son, to be a ransom for us. (I Tim 2:6; John 3:16) He asked nothing of us because we were powerless to do anything. (Eph 2:1; Rom 3:10-20; 5:6; Gal 2:21) Salvation from Godís judgment on sin is undeserved and is given to us freely as a gift because Christ paid our debt. (Rom 3:24; 5:18,19; Eph 2:8,9; II Cor 9:15) Thatís GRACE!
       Now that God has purchased us at such a high price, (I Cor 6:19,20; Eph 1:7) there isnít anything good for us that He does not freely give us. So what are these "all things" that God freely gives us? Are they good health, money, and great relationships? How would we ever develop spiritual character if He always gave us those? Remember Rom 5:3-5. Sadly, many saints value those temporal things more than all the eternal spiritual blessings God gives us in Christ. (Eph 1:3; II Cor 4:18; Col 3:1-2) Colossians 2:10 tells us we are complete in Christ. He has completely provided for us, we are not required to add a thing. Itís a great idea to make a list of the spiritual blessings God has freely given, and keep adding to it as your understanding grows. The first blessing is our justification, as in the next verse.
 
(Vs 33 & 34.)
No one can condemn you before God if God Himself has JUSTIFIED you. (Rom 4:5; Gal 2:16) We have been cleared by the highest court in the universe! Our verdict is 100% righteous in Christ. (II Cor 5:21)
God is just in justifying us even though we are guilty, because the penalty for our sin is paid by Christ.(Rom 3:26) "The wages of sin is death" (Rom 6:23) so when Christ died for our sin, He could not have conquered death if even one sin was left unpaid. Christ, alive from the dead, at the Fatherís right hand, is living proof that all our sins are paid and can never count against us. (Heb 1:3; 10:12-14)
       Who are "Godís elect"? Mark 13:20 shows the elect are those "whom he hath chosen". Eph 1:4 shows God has chosen those of us who are in Christ to be "holy and without blame before Him". God does not choose who will be in Christ, He chooses those who are in Him to serve His purpose. God elects saved people to fulfil His purpose, and He saves anyone who believes. (I Cor 1:21) I Peter 1:2 shows God elects people according to His foreknowledge, as we studied in Rom 8:29,30 in the previous class.
 
(Vs 35-37.)
If God LOVED us enough to die for us when we were still His enemies, how much more must He love us now that we are justified by depending on His sin-payment. (Rom 5:8-10) Godís love for us was displayed once and for all at the cross. Do we ever need further proof of it? But when trouble comes, we tend to think God forgot us, or doesnít care and left us on our own. But what should our attitude be? What was Paulís? (II Cor 2:14; 12:7-10; Phil 4:4,11-13) Troubles will come, so we need to be ready and know how to respond.(I Thes 3:3,4; II Thes 1:4) Remember, God is always for us and has proven His love, regardless of our circumstances.
       The last half of the list of troubles in verse 35 are things that we have not experienced yet in America. (Heb 12:2-4) Most of our sufferings are caused by someoneís bad decisions or by age and illness, but Paulís troubles were for Godís sake. (vs 36) Paul wanted nothing more than to be totally fearless as Godís ambassador (Eph 6:19,20) even though that brings persecution. (II Tim 3:12) He tells us to be bold too in spreading the gospel. (Phil 1:27-29; 2:15,16)
       Troubles only work more glory for us in heaven (II Cor 4:17) and teach us to trust His word in order to handle life here. (Rom 5:3-5) We canít loose. (II Cor 6:9,10) We are "more than conquerors" because God loves us and works everything out for our good in the long run. (Rom 8:28) We can trust Him. (I Cor 1:9)
 
(Vs 38-39.)
Verses 35-37 listed all kinds of physical troubles that we might run into on earth, especially if we stand for the message Paul preached. (Gal 1:6-12; Eph 3:1-5: Col 1:24-26) Now verses 38 and 39 list the spiritual sources of opposition causing these troubles. II Cor 10:3-5 and Eph 6:10-18 tell us how to win this spiritual war here on earth. But no matter how we are attacked or how we respond, in the end, we are victorious because we are in Christ. Being "persuaded" of this is what gets us through troubles without despairing. (Rom 8:23-25; II Cor 4:8,9,16; 5:1,8)
       Notice how vs 39 says "the love of God which is IN Christ Jesus our Lord." Godís love is in Christ. Christ is the center of everything God values and plans. (Col 1:15-19) We were placed into Christ by the Spirit when we believed. (Thatís our spiritual baptism, Rom 6:3,4; I Cor 12:13; Gal 3:26-28) Now, because we are in Christ, we are in the center of Godís love. When verse 39 says "nor any other creature shall be able to separated us...", that includes Satan and even ourselves (II Tim 2:13). Nothing can ever alter our position IN Christ, or Godís love for Him.
 
       Romans 8:31-39 is a great passage showing our eternal security, although it's primary purpose is to show how to face suffering without despair.  This passage concludes the second section of Romans. Remember chapters 1-5 deal with manís need and Godís provision for eternal salvation, and chapters 6-8 deal with the believerís walk after salvation. Next, Paul shifts gears and tells us about something altogether different - Israel!

 

M. Dent

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