Romans 8:28-39 – If God is For Us

What does it mean for us to live as a people that are crowned with confidence in Christ? Well, it means that we are sure and certain of the finality of our salvation and we know, without doubt, how our salvation was secured. Our assurance and certainty in Christ’s accomplished work for us allows us to say. Along with the apostle, “If God is for us, who is against us?”

R. Kent Hughes calls this verse, “…the crowning expression in a text which exudes Christian confidence as much as any section of scripture.” [1] Basically, we are a people called to know that we know that we know.  So let’s take a look at that which we are called to know.

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. (v.28)

I believe that the truth of this verse has been hijacked and used in ways that calls for loving correction. This text is for Christians only. And, if it for Christians only, then what makes one a Christian? The answer is a Christian is one who experiences the love of God in Christ and responds to it. So unless this is true of you, it cannot be true for you. But, if it is true for you then you can rest in the warm comfort that, “He who began a good work in you will carry it to completion.” (Philippians 1:6).  So, God causes whatever happens to us (think sin and evil of which he is not the cause of) to work for the eternal good of the believer. The text is for Christians only.

For those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called, and those he called, he also justified, and those he justified, he also glorified. (vv.29-30)

We are called to be a confident people. We can only be confident if we are confident in our redemption in Christ. And if we are confident in our redemption in Christ, we can be sure that all who begin will finish. The Lord has a 100% success rate.

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (v.31)

At the center of the gospel is the assertion that God is for us and if this is true then this verse pushes to proclaim with utter certainty, the finality of our salvation. God is for us! God just doesn’t like you, he is for you, and he isn’t just for you sometimes, he is for you at all times, and lastly, he isn’t just for you with a little bit of himself, he is for you with all that he is. Do you believe that?

Please allow me to highlight at least three ways God is for us:

·     He did not spare his own Son. He did not spare his own Son but offered him up for us all. How will he not also with him grant us everything? (v.32)

·     Jesus intercedes for us. Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies. Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the one who died, but even more, has been raised; he is also at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. (vv.33-34)

·     He will not allow anything to separate us from his love. Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or distress or persecutionor famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: Because of youwe are being put to death all day long we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (vv.35-37)

Lastly, we are told that because we are crowned conquerors in Christ (v.37), not even death can separate us from the love of God.

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of Godthat is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (vv.38-39)

There is no such thing as separation anxiety in the Kingdom of God. We know who we are. We are sure and certain of the finality of our salvation and, we know without doubt, the means by which our salvation was secured. Our assurance and certainty in Christ’s accomplished work for us allows us to say, along with the apostle, “If God is for us, who is against us?”

 

 

[1]Excerpt From: R. Kent Hughes. “Romans: Righteousness From Heaven.”