Romans Chapter 8 Study, Part 8of9, Evans Olang

Romans 8:31-32, “31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 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?”

Apostle Paul in vs. 31-38 climaxes his message with God’s everlasting love displayed in His working in us through Christ by the working of the Holy Spirit.

Having learnt all these, Paul asks, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” While God is for us, and we keep in His love, we may with holy boldness defy all the powers of darkness.

To live for God and to do His work, there will be opposition, however if God be for us, who can be against us. Read in these few verses that shows how we know Christ and how He builds upon the truth of His revelation and how that will always be under attack. Matthew 16:16-19, “19 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” This does not mean that upon the life of Peter as many believe will Christ build His church, but rather on the confession of the truth of who Christ is revealed of the Father will Christ’s church be built upon. And on this truth, there will be attack very much alive today, yet the attacks, the gates of hell will not prevail.

To go even further, He told Peter and the rest who are His and those to come that He will give them keys to the kingdom of God to bind and lose. This I don’t believe in context deals with binding the devil, but rather by “the kingdom of heaven is meant the Gospel (both doctrine and discipline)” as the keys by which believers open the door of faith to all through preaching the whole counsel of God and people are freed from the grips of satan. The office of the keys is to open the doors, or close them. On Pentecost, Peter first opened the doors and declared the conditions of which men could have their sins forgiven, be bound or loosed. And as they went about preaching the gospel, satan was on their case big time, yet in the light of these truths, satan stood no chance of prevailing against believers and the church as a whole. Satan through his agents tried to silence the gospel by killing Stephen and James, putting Paul, Peter, John in prison, however with God in control, everything the satan tried only worked as a means to fuel the fire of the gospel and he has never succeeded in containing or stopping the gospel. Who can be against us?

If God be resolved and engaged to bring us through, all our enemies must be His; and “Who would set the briers and thorns against Him in battle? He would go through them. He would burn them together” (Isaiah 27:4). What a strong consolation is here! Nay, but the great Pledge of all has already been given.

This is the comfort we have vs. 32, “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?” If He gave His Son to die for us, it is impossible that He should refuse us anything that will help or bless us in this journey. He has nothing He values more than his Son yet He demonstrated His love towards us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us, Romans 5:8. We resolve that God loves and cares for us, He has demonstrated it by giving the best, and what we need He will supply according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus Philippians 4:19. Therefore, there is nothing that can prevail regardless of what it is if we know whose we are. Blessings Ev

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