Romans 8:31-29 “More than conquerors!”

Romans 8:31-39 “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 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? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he that condemns? 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. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered 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 convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers 39 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.”

Romani 8:31-39  “Che diremo dunque riguardo a queste cose? Se Dio è per noi chi sarà contro di noi? 32 Colui che non ha risparmiato il proprio Figlio, ma lo ha dato per noi tutti, non ci donerà forse anche tutte le cose con lui? 33 Chi accuserà gli eletti di Dio? Dio è colui che li giustifica. 34 Chi li condannerà? Cristo {Gesù} è colui che è morto e, ancor più, è risuscitato, è alla destra di Dio e anche intercede per noi. 35 Chi ci separerà dall’amore di Cristo? Sarà forse la tribolazione, l’angoscia, la persecuzione, la fame, la nudità, il pericolo, la spada? 36 Com’è scritto:  «Per amor di te siamo messi a morte tutto il giorno; #siamo stati considerati come pecore da macello» .37 Ma, in tutte queste cose, noi siamo più che vincitori, in virtù di colui che ci ha amati. 38 Infatti sono persuaso che né morte, né vita, né angeli, né principati, né cose presenti, né cose future, 39 né potenze, né altezza, né profondità, né alcun’altra creatura potranno separarci dall’amore di Dio che è in Cristo Gesù, nostro Signore.”

As Paul sums up his teaching on salvation, he asks seven questions and gives seven answers to substantiate to the believer that their salvation is completely secure. These questions and answers are not conditional promises…Do this, and I will do that…they are facts! Let’s highlight the answers: 1) God is for us, 2) He gave Jesus up for us, 3) He graciously gives us all things, 4) God is the One who justifies, 5) Jesus intercedes for us, 6) He loves us and 7) nothing shall separate us from the love of God that is in Jesus Christ.

With this in mind, Paul gives the final proof to his defense of justification through faith in Jesus Christ by listing all the things that are powerless against those who are in Christ. He states all the things of existence (death and life), things in the spiritual realm (angels or demons), things of time (present or future), things of force (powers) and things of creation (height, depth or anything else in all creation).

These are the challenges we face in life. God does not shelter us from the struggles of life because they are necessary for our spiritual growth. A few verses earlier, Paul assures the believers that the difficulties in our life are working for us, not against us (v. 28). As Christ works in us, we learn that we are free from any accusations against our confidence in Jesus Christ. We are “more than conquerors”!

Pray with me: Lord, I realize once again how much You have done to make me secure in You. Help me to live knowing that whatever I face each day, nothing will separate me from your love.

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