Romans Chapter 8 Study, Part 9of9, Evans Olang

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Romans 8:35-39, “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 Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who 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 created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”

I often encounter with believers who question God’s love when they are facing great challenges. They sense God has left them and now they have to battle things themselves, or He is present only silent. One time while Christ was a sleep in a boat He and His disciples were sailing in, under heavy storm, they questioned Jesus’ love and care because He was a fast sleep in the boat the hour they needed Him the most while they suffered to stabilize the boat.

In this climax, Paul wants to remind believers of God’s love for them. He says, vs. 35, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?…”, This does not mean “our love to Christ,” as if, who shall hinder us from loving Christ? but “Christ’s love to us,” as is clear from the closing words of the chapter. “It is no ground of confidence to assert, or even to feel, that we will never forsake Christ; but it is the strongest ground of assurance to be convinced that His love will never change”, Hodge. There is nothing that you can do to make Christ love you more or less and there is nothing that can happen in your life to diminish His love for you.

Paul goes ahead to outline some of the things when believers face find it easy to conclude God’s love is missing otherwise they would not be going through any of these stuff. He says,” … Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”. He begins with the least and continues to more scary one. He also adds another element by which we face troubles , vs. 36 As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Quoted as descriptive of what God’s faithful people may expect from their enemies at any period when their hatred of righteousness is roused, and there is nothing to restrain it,. Vs. 37, “ Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us”. We are more than conquerers when what has been set to concur us especially to make us doubt the love of Christ is unable to convince us otherwise. We are reminded in the midst of all these, He loves us and that assurance is enough to silence the mouth of anything that appears to contradict what we know of God’s love for us. God’s love brings contentment.

You would think that Paul would be done describing anything that would separate God’s love to us, however he continues, vs. 38 “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come”. Another word I would use is “For I am convinced”, Paul writing to brethren in Philippi demonstrates how convinced he was. Philippians 4:11-13, “13 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Every where and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. How did Paul know the love of God even in the midst of all he was dealing with? Christ’s love was Paul’s strength. He knew the cross and every time he looked to the cross, in the midst of all, he was reminded of God’s love. That is why they preached Christ crucified, the best description of God’s love (Romans 5:8)

Vs. 39 “nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”, with the final words in this wonderful chapter, with which the argument properly closes, leave us who are “justified by faith” in the arms of everlasting Love, whence no hostile power or conceivable event can ever tear us. “Behold what manner of love is this?” And “what manner of persons ought we to be,” who are “blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ?” Nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Blessings, Ev

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