Posted by Dave Quinn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today for communion I want to look at a wonderful passage from Romans 8. In most Bibles it is titled, “Nothing can separate us from God’s love”.

As I read through the passage, I am overcome by God’s love for us all and how secure we are in His hands.

Romans 8:31-39

31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

In this passage we see three amazing things.

1. No-one can be against us

Verse 31 says, “If God is for us, who can ever be against us?”

What a great statement. God is on our side. He is for us. Nothing or no-one can be against us who comes close to His love, His power, His protection. He did not even spare His Son to make this possible. We are His and He is ours.

2. No-one can condemn us

Verses 33-34 – 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honour at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

God has given us right standing with Him because our faith in Christ. Christ’s death of the cross paid the price for our sin. And now Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us. Jesus is also seated in heaven pleading for us. He is on our side. He is in our corner. If God says we are right with Him, no-one in all creation can argue against us.

3. No-one can separate us from God

Verse 35 asks the question, “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love?” Verse 38 answers the question, “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.”

Calamity, troubles, strife, angels, demons, fears, worries, not even the powers of hell. Nothing in all creation can separate us. We are His and He is ours. We are safely held in the palm of His hands.

Today as we take communion and remember what Christ has done for us. Let us remember these three wonderful truths from Romans 8 – no-one can be against us, no-one can condemn us, and no-one separate us from God’s love.

Let us pray.