What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. 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. 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.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 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.
- At the beginning of our study passage, we see a question: “What shall we say then in response to these things?” The question we need to as is Which ‘things’? A look at a few verses above tell us exactly what those things are. In Romans 8:18, Paul expresses confidence that our light afflictions is nothing compared to the glory that would be revealed in us. These afflictions could be persecutions for our Christian faith, physical suffering from general issues of life, or even satanic oppression. In verse 31, Paul talks about the Christian response to these afflictions. So what is the Christian response to these things?
- Paul gives a two part answer to the Christian facing these things. Apart from realising that our future hope in Christ far outweighs our current sufferings, the Christian also needs to respond to the situation correctly.
- If God is for us, who can be against us? This statement is popular among Christians, but only a few understand its implications. It means God, the mighty creator, the all powerful one, is on your side; He is not against you, but for you. That also implies that He is against everything that stands against His will for your life. So the next time you feel one of these things hanging over your head, speak out and remind yourself and Satan that God is for you.
- If God withheld not His son, but gave Him for us all, how much more will He give us all things. God, in giving Jesus, gave the very best we could ever want. Every other thing we need is nothing compared to the value of Jesus. SO the next time you are praying and suddenly feel like you are asking too much, remind yourself that you can never ask for anything greater than the value of Christ.
- What can put us in a disadvantaged position as Christians? In Romans 8:33-36, Paul discusses the impossibility of anything and anyone.
- In verse 33, he dismisses the idea of Satan’s ability to accuse us before God because after all it is God that declares us not guilty. So if God has declared you not guilty, of what use is Satan’s accusations?
- In verse 34, Paul asks a very serious question: who can condemn you? You see, condemnation comes from three main sources – Satan, other people and yourself. But here, the Bible says no one can condemn us because the uncondemnable Jesus is the one making intersessions on our behalf. So the next time Satan, someone or even your heart tells you you are not good enough to come into God’s presence, tell them that Jesus who is making intercessions for you is good enough.
In conclusion, we can choose to live in the bondage of these things, or we can respond correctly and live as more than the conquerors that we are.