Sunday, May 12, 2019
This Is Love: God’s Everlasting Love
God’s everlasting love should strengthen the security of the believer. We do not need to fear the past, present, and future because we are secure in the Love of Christ. Paul in these nine verses presents five arguments to prove that there could be no separation between the believer and the Lord.
1. God Is for Us (v31)
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
The Greek construction is better translated “Since God is for Us.”
The implication here is that if anyone were able to rob us of salvation, they would have to be greater that God Himself, because He is both the giver and the sustainer of Salvation.
David declared with unreserved confidence,
In Psalm 27:1-3 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. 3 Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.”
Psalm 46:11 “The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our fortress.” Selah.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ’plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”
The opposition of unbelievers and Satan will never succeed since God is for us.
2. Christ Died for Us (v32)
“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”
Isa 53:4-10 “Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all…10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.”
Jesus sacrifice on the cross not only is the foundation of our salvation but also of our security.
2 Cor. 5:21 “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
God lovingly gave up His Son for us all. He then graciously gives to us all that we need.
3. God Has Justified Us (v33)
“Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.”
The setting of these verses is the divine courtroom.
God has Justified you means that He has declared you righteous in Christ. No one can successfully accuse you because God Himself has declared you righteous.
Some people believed that Satan can take away our salvation, because he is our most powerful supernatural enemy. Some say if anyone other than God could rob us of salvation, it would surely be the devil.
Rev. 12:10 “And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.”
Zech. 3:1-3 “Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. 2 And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, O Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is not this a brand plucked from the fire?” 3 Now Joshua was standing before the angel, clothed with filthy garments.”
We are God’s elect chosen in Christ and accepted in Christ. Once we accepted Him, we automatically declared righteous and that declaration never changes. Our Christian experience changes from day to day, but justification never changes. We may accuse ourselves, and men may accuse us; but God will never take us to court and accuse us. Jesus already paid the penalty and we are secure in Him.
4. Christ Intercedes for Us (verse 34)
“Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.”
Again, the setting of these verses is the divine courtroom.
Paul here gives us four reasons the believer can never be found guilty; Christ Death, Christ Resurrection, Christ Exalted Position, Christ Continual Intercession
Christ represents us before the throne of God, and we do not want to represent ourselves.
Heb 4:14-16 “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Christians can rejoice with certainty that they will never be condemned.
5. Christ Loves Us (verses 35-39)
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’ 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
After establishing the fact that it is impossible for any person to take away our salvation, Paul anticipates a similar question that some will ask: Is it possible for circumstances to rob a believer of his salvation. The apostle now tells us that too is impossible. Because of the Love of Christ (referring to Salvation)
Not from Tribulation = adversity (outward difficulties & emotional distress)
Not from Distress = being helpless (1 Cor 10:13)
Not from Persecution = Affliction suffered for the sake of Christ.
Not from Famine = lack of Food
Not from Peril = being exposed to danger. (Mistreatment)
We may face adversity, persecution, and maybe even death but Verse 36 tells us that we endure trials for His sake. We are not exempt from suffering.
Verse 37-38 tells us that God gives us the power to conquer. We are more than conquerors, because God turns everything – even suffering and death – into good. The trials we will encounter make us more than conquerors by causing us to depend even more on God.
We can have complete confidence in the fact that nothing can sever God’s people from His love.
If God, the uncreated One, is for us, and no created thing can separate us from Him, then our security in Him and His everlasting love is absolute.