Romans 8: 31-39
God's Everlasting Love
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be[a] against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.[b] 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded 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 sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Today's devotion is brought to you by Steve Brockman. Steve is an Elder at Impact and we are thankful for his love for Christ.
Thoughts and reflections
This is one of the most encouraging, reassuring and empowering passages for Christians. If God is for us, who can be against us? For the faithful, this is a statement, a declaration, a promise; not a question. In Jesus, we cannot be separated from the love of God. Period. End of story! Hallelujah!
This passage confirms that God sent Jesus to save us. He gave us Jesus through His grace, and once we believe in Jesus as our Messiah, we belong to Jesus, who will intercede for us at Judgement. We will be held accountable for this life, but when that time comes, Jesus will act on our behalf to the Father. He will willingly and lovingly bridge the chasm between our imperfect and sinful nature and God’s perfect and holy nature as we move from this life to an eternal life with God.
So even as we live through the difficulties and fears of a global pandemic, a divisive political time and a time of increasing intolerance and discrimination against our faith, we are promised that God is greater than it all. Paul declares that we are “more than conquerors” in Christ. Jesus will give us strength through all circumstances to accomplish God’s eternal purposes. Nothing can separate us from God once we belong to Jesus, not even death. Be encouraged that as Jesus rose from death to life, we are also promised to rise again in Jesus.