IF GOD IS FOR US

“Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also jusNtified, and whom he justified, these he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:29-31.

If you are a child of God, you can rest assured that God is for you. I love this passage of Romans because it tells us that all the graces that God works in the believer are secure, and none stand alone. Notice that it is also written in the past tense. Having established that God has already predetermined our course, our conformity in Christ, and our glory in heaven, Paul continues with a rhetorical question:  “If God is for us, who can be against us?” The word “if” translates the Greek conditional particle “ei”, signifying a fulfilled condition, not a mere possibility. Thus, the meaning of the first clause of the last sentence would be ” Because God is for us…” *

[Because] God is for us, who can be against us?”

Considering the world we live in, (with or without an impending election), it would appear that we fight many oppositions.

If not the world, then it’s our own sin, and our enemy, Satan. The world is in direct opposition to God. The gospel is an offense to it. The world hated Christ and will also hate his followers (Matthew 10:22). Additionally, the flesh is by nature in rebellion against God, simply because we inherited the sin nature from Adam. (Romans 5:12). Satan and his angels will attack us, as he is “a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

Yes, there are many things that are against us, yet, the meaning of this passage is they cannot be the victor in the end. Not one of these can take away our salvation. Instead, God has intervened. Because He is for us, who can stand against God? The answer really is nobody. While there is hardship in this life, nothing can ultimately defeat us. What a reassurance and hope!

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor ….shall separate me from the love of Christ.” (Romans 8:38-39).

 *The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, Romans 1-8,  P.502

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