“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
In his letter to the believers in Rome, Paul expressed his complete confidence in the reality of God’s love regardless of circumstances. He asked with boldness, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” If God gave His very own Son, Jesus, to save us, then He will provide everything we need to finish this life well. Paul listed seven seemingly unbearable situations that he himself faced: trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, and the sword. He didn’t imply that Christ’s live would stop bad things from happening. But Paul said that “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
Through all the uncertainty of this world, God can be trusted completely, knowing that nothing, absolutely nothing, “will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- When you face seemingly hopeless situations, how do you typically respond?
- What promise of God can you cling to, knowing He is faithful?
Faithful Father, thank You for Your Son’s sacrifice so that we can have eternal life. Thank you that, no matter how gray life may seem, we can trust in Your promises.
Romans 8: 31-39
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 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? Who will bring any change against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 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. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 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.
In Romand 8, three things jump from the page to fill God’s child with assurance and hope. Verses 1-4 remind us that “there is now no condemnation” for believers in Christ. This affirmation gives us confidence that in Jesus we’re brought into right relationship with God and are safe from judgment for our sins. The bulk of the chapter confirms the role of the Holy Spirit in empowering us in living out our faith. The final segment assures us that God’s love for us will never die or diminish. After seven chapters that speak to our failings and our need of a Savior, chapter 8 builds a case for spiritual confidence in Christ. His protection, Spirit, and love have come to us through the cross, reminding us that we’re loved and cared for by the Father.