Nothing Can Separate Us From His Love—Romans 8:38-39

"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" ( Romans 8:38-39)

In the first eight chapters of Romans, Paul has laid out an amazing summary of what God has done for us. He started with how sin had separated us from God (Romans 1). He showed us that by our works we could never obtain a right standing with him (Romans 2). Next he illustrated how God provided a way apart from the law in which we can be justified by faith (Romans 3). He then described that faith was how the patriarchs were also justified and that this has always been God plan for salvation (Romans 4). Then he told us that since we had been justified in this way we have peace with God. He revealed that the gift of His grace was much more than the trespass ever was (Romans 5). To prove this, Paul taught that we have been freed from the sin nature by faith in Christ (Romans 6). Paul then warns us about living according to the flesh and following it's desires instead of living according to our new nature (Romans 7). Lastly, Paul teaches us how to live according to the spirit so that we will not fulfill the desires of the flesh (Romans 8). He teaches that our obligation stems out of a love debt to the Lord because he first loved us.

Paul's revelation of God love was so amazing. He closes Romans 8 with wonderful words expressing the extent of His love for us. We are his children ( Romans 8:16 ), we were predestined, we were called, we were glorified ( Romans 8:30 ). In fact who can stand against us if God is for us. God is the one who justified us ( Romans 8:33 ), Jesus is the one who died for us and was raised again to continually intercede for us ( Romans 8:34 ). So in light of all of these things, Paul was convinced that nothing would separate him from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

He was persuaded beyond a doubt that not even death could separate him from God. He goes on to list several things noting that not one of them could separate him from God's love. Not death nor life, not angels nor principalities, not things impending and threatening not things to come, not powers, Not height nor depth, not anything in all creation... What an amazing thing to understand. Knowing this empowered the Apostle Paul to do amazing things because he knew that his life was hidden in Christ. Understanding this in our own lives will enable us to fulfill God's plan for our lives. His love is a foundational truth that we must grasp in fullness to really be who we are called to be.

The truth is that God loves you so much, but so many people I talk to do not understand the depth of how God loves them. They may know it intellectually but they have not experienced it personally. Many try to earn his love, when all along he has freely given it. Many feel like they do not deserve His love, but seeing how He sent Jesus to die for us, this alone makes us worthy of this love. Many are afraid to be loved by God because they do not understand who He is. John tells us, "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love" ( I John 4:18 ). All of these emotions can keep you apart from really knowing God. Not because he removes himself from you, but because you keep him at a distance not understanding your position before him and place along side him. On the other hand, Paul understood the depth of his love that is why he was confident that nothing would separate him. He was perfected in love.

Today, it is my prayer that you evaluate your heart and remove any barriers that keep you out of the love of God. He is waiting for you with open arms ready to build this foundation in your life. This foundation is built with Christ as the chief cornerstone and God's love for you is the mortar that holds it all together. Today I am blessed to encourage you that nothing can separate you from God's love. It is my prayer that you internalize this truth and get a revelation of His love so that, like Paul, you can be fully persuaded in it, amen.

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More Than Conquerors—Romans 8:37

"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us" (Romans 8:37)

Everyone loves to watch an exciting football game. We hold our breath and root for the underdog, but some teams excel to the point where they cannot be beat. This fall was a great example of this. The country watched the Iowa Hawkeyes win nearly ever game they played. Even in the last moments of the game, when they were down and all seemed lost, they would miraculously come back for certain victory. Their name alone struck fear in their opponents. No matter how strong and highly ranked their rivals were, the Hawkeyes would crush them and send them home defeated. This football team was victorious everywhere they played even when outmanned or outranked. They didn't listen to the media who said they were a poor team, they listened to their hearts that told them they were winners and proved it based on this knowledge.

In today's passage, Paul is writing that we are winners. The victory is ours through Christ Jesus. This knowledge will keep us going in life when all seems hopeless. What a marvelous perspective to have. In the midst of trouble, persecution, being beat and run out of town, Paul writes to us that in all these we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. He knew the love of God and his position in the Kingdom and this knowledge brought him victory in all things.

Many times, we act like our circumstances and opposition is too overwhelming for us to be victorious. But Paul said, "in all these things we are more than conquerors..." The Greek word in this passage for conquerors denotes that we are literally hyper-conquerors. We are pre-eminently victorious through Christ Jesus. We will gain a decisive and surpassing victory because Christ was victorious and he conquered death. Not only is this so, but he passed along this victory to us. Paul said in Colossians, "When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross" ( Colossians 2:13-15 ). Christ made a public spectacle of all powers and authorizes and hyper-conquered them. He defeated them so badly that there was no hope for a counter attack. This victory was passed along to us through faith in Christ. We are more than conquerors because Christ loved us.

Paul knew that this victory stems out of the fact that God loves us. Victory in life only comes through Christ's strength displayed in us. The power of God's love for you will changed circumstances in your life. This is the most important thing that you can know and understand. God loves you. Paul tells us that we should be rooted and established in this love. "I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God" ( Ephesians 3:16-19 ). How are we filled to the full measure of God? It is by understanding the breath, the length, the depth and height of His love for you. This will make you rooted deep and founded securely in him. This knowledge will prove to your circumstances that you are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus who loves you.

Today, I pray that your spiritual eyes are opened to understanding the depth of God's love for you. May you understand your victory in Christ Jesus. May you be fully convinced, rooted securely and strengthen in power through in him alone, amen.

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Who Shall Separate Us From The Love of Christ?—Romans 8:35-36

"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" (Romans 8:35-36)

If anybody could write this encouraging word to us, it would be the Apostle Paul. Paul had such a revelation of grace that he was convinced that nothing could separate us from God's love. He saw it in all things and experienced it in every situation. That is why he wrote to us to tell us that God is the one who justifies us, Jesus is the one who intercedes for us, so base upon this, nothing could remove us from this position of favor and blessings with the Lord.

Circumstances in life certainly could not separate him from the love of God. Paul had the most revelation of any of the Apostles. Even over those who walked and talked with Jesus and yet he faced the most persecution and opposition because of it. Everywhere he went his revelation of the Lord caused such a stir because a massager of Satan followed him from place to place to buffet him ( II Corinthians 12:7 ). He knew the power of God and the love of God and it kept him going in the face of such resistance. He even wrote concerning this, "I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me" ( II Corinthians 12:9 ). He knew the secret to strength, that was resting in the Lord and in his might power. He went on to say, "That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong" ( II Corinthians 12:10 ).

Paul quoted the Old Testament scripture from Psalm 44 in regards to the persecution he faced. "Yet for your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered" ( Psalm 44:22 ). This is because Paul and his companions literally faced death in every town they went to. They were beat, imprisoned and even stoned for the sake of Christ. Yet he said it was for our sake they faced such things so that we could understand God's love for us. He wanted the world to know the truth that is in Christ Jesus. Because of this severe opposition to the message, he encourages us that nothing can separate us from this love, not trouble, not hardship, not persecution, not famine, not nakedness and certainly not danger or sword.

In today's society, we do not face any of these things on behalf of Christ. However many of our brothers and sister through out the world do on a daily basis. Yet a time is coming when even in America we will face persecution and death because we are believers. Through all of this, it is so important to sure ourselves up in the Love of God. To be fully convinced that nothing we face in life can separate us from God. Nothing man can do to us can nullify what Christ has already done for us. As born again believers we must get a revelation of God's love for us so that we can join with those who went before us fully convinced that we will forever belong to the Lord and nothing will change that. Getting this eternal perspective in life will change how we live and breath today. May the Lord quicken to your spirit this wonderful truth, amen.

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Jesus is at the Right Hand of God Interceding for Us—Romans 8:34

"Who is he that condemns? 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" (Romans 8:34)

If God doesn't condemn us based on the fact that he is the one justifying us, who can condemn us? Will Jesus? In today's passage, Paul is writing to us that Jesus is the one who died for us and now resides beside the Father making intercession for us. If he is pleading and interceding on our behalf then it makes sense that he would never bring accusation against us.

Jesus died for us to be reconciled to the Father. When he did this, he took all judgment for sin upon himself. The wrath of God was placed upon him in our stead and he was crushed beneath it until everything was paid for. Isaiah told us that the Messiah would bear up our iniquities and bring us peace with God by being our sacrificial lamb. "Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all" ( Isaiah 53:4-6 ). Jesus paid for our sins so we wouldn't have to. Jesus brought us peace with God so we be in fellowship with him.

It was a marvelous thing for Jesus to do for us. He suffered at the hands of man becoming the very thing he hated so that we could become the very thing he was . He took our sin and gave us his righteousness ( II Corinthians 5:21 ). Since Jesus became the sin for us and by it took care of the sin problem forgiving mankind of all sins, it only reasons that he would never condemn us before God if by faith we have accepted his payment for sin.

Hebrews talks about this very thing in chapter 10. "But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy" ( Hebrews 10:12-14 ). Jesus only offered one sacrifice for sin, paid for all of it and forgave our debt to it. Verse 18 says, "And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin" ( Hebrews 10:18 ). If there is one sacrifice for sin and everything is forgiven, then there is no more condemnation in regards to sin either. Just as God rested on the seventh day of creation because everything was finished, Jesus rested beside the Father in heaven because it too was finished. Now he lives at the right hand God interceding for us.

If anyone dare bring an accusation against us before God, Jesus is the one to testify for us. He is the one pleading and remind the Father of what he did for us. His blood covers a multitude of sin and his blood purifies us from those sins. Not only is this so, but he also promises never to remember them again. "Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more" ( Hebrews 10:16 ).

Today, I am blessed to know that I have an advocate with the Father who loves me and is interceding on my behalf. I have blessed to know that everything in my past and future has been forgiven and wiped clean, so that I can live in newness of life, without regret. Today, it is my prayer that you understand this amazing truth. May you understand that Jesus is your sponsor with the Father and he will never bring accusation against you. May this revelation change your future, amen!

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It is God Who Justifies—Romans 8:33

"Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies" (Romans 8:33)

Who can accuse you before God? Who has any right to bring an accusation against you? The Bible tells us that God didn't even spare his own son for us and he is the one who justifies us. God is for us. Many times we do an good of condemning ourselves because we are basing life on how we feel or the circumstances around us. However understanding this truth as written in the Word of God will help you to overcome these emotion, because condemnation is a hazard to Christians.

What an amazing thing to be justified before God. The Greek word used here is dikaioō, which denotes to be just or innocent, to be free and righteous before God. The way it is used is as a verb, which means it's an action, God is showing us to right or righteous before him. The stress of this sentence lays upon the word God, meaning that this action of justifying is based solely upon him, not us. So if God is the one who is justifying us, or declaring us right, innocent, free and righteous, who can say otherwise. Who can condemn us?

The same Greek work is used in Romans 4:5, "However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness" ( Romans 4:5 ). God justifies the believing sinner on the ground of Christ's death, since the propitiation for sin was perfect and complete, Christ was raised from the dead. His resurrection was the counterpart to the offering for sin and appeasing God's wrath against mankind. Since Christ was raised from the dead, it proves that this sacrifice was more than enough to bring us into right relationship with him. On the bases of this gift in Christ, God justifies the wicked. Which literally means that God was showing those with faith in Christ to be right or righteous before him. What an amazing thing.

In Exodus God told Moses to be careful when judging the people, he wanted them to be proved innocent first because he did not justify or acquit the wicked. "Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty" ( Exodus 23:7 ). God only acquits the innocent. Did God change? No, Hebrews tells us that he is the same yesterday, today and forever ( Hebrews 13:8 ). What changed is that by faith in Christ we are guiltless before God. If we are guiltless then He will acquits us. He was our substitution for sin and so by accepting this substitution the payment for sin was provided in Jesus. If sin's taken care of then we are innocent before God. He justifies us on the bases of Christ's death. Which means we are free and innocent before him because Christ was raised from the dead proving that it worked.

What a marvelous thing to know. Understanding this will enable you to live life without condemnation. John reminds us in I John, "whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything" ( I John 3:20 ). All you have to do is to remind yourselves of this wonderful truth, God is the one who justifies... not even you can condemn. Today, I pray that this revelation of God's intense love towards you sinks in deep. I pray that this changes your heart and any feelings of condemnation you experience will flee in Jesus name, amen!

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