“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of [b]Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, ‘for your sake we are being put to death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, 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 God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:31-39)
Five questions can be raised regarding the believer’s eternal security in these concluding verses of Romans chapter 8.
Can Opposition Defeat the Christian?
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?” (Romans 8:31)
Since God is for us, who is against us? What a statement! Paul gives answer to his own question in Ephesians 6:11-13, which says, “Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.” And Peter reiterates this briefly when he said, “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8). Who is against us? The Devil and his host of demonic angels, but they cannot ultimately prevail and triumph over believers. God is the self-existent One and the sovereign Creator and, since He is for believers, no one can oppose believers successfully.
Will We Have the Resources?
“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)
This seems to be a no-brainer. If the Father already gave His ultimate gift, how can we think that He won’t give us the smaller gifts? And yet, more than I would like to admit, I find myself in situations where I do not embrace this truth; when I am deceived into thinking that I am who gives himself things. I think this is a good verse to be reminded of in a morning prayer time.
Will Our Failures Reverse Our Justification?
“Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies;” (Romans 8:33)
Satan is often described as the accuser of God’s people (Revelation 12:10, Zechariah 3:1). His accusations are valid, because they are based on the believer’s sinfulness, yet they will be thrown out of court, because it is God who justifies. The Judge Himself declares the accused person righteous on the basis of his faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 3:24; 5:1). As a result all accusations are dismissed and no one can bring an accusation that will stand. This refers back to Romans 8:1.
Can Anyone Condemn Us for Any Reason?
“Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.” (Romans 8:34)
We are secure from all condemnation. If Jesus Himself is our advocate, promoting our benefit, then who can condemn us? Jesus is God’s appointed Judge. Certainly the Judge will not condemn His own who are in Him by faith.
What Kind of Assurance Can We Have of Victory?
“Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” (Romans 8:35)
Paul suggests seven things a believer might experience. He himself experienced them all (2 Corinthians 11:23-28). These things, which are stated in increasing intensity, do not separate Christians from Christ, instead they are part of all things God uses to bring them to conformity to His Son.
Paul reminds us that affliction is part of our walk with God. Yet this brings us closer to Christ rather than further away from Christ. Victory at all times! A comforting thought.