We have finally reached the last part of our trilogy where we shall explore (Romans 8: 31-39). Last week we explored how all creation had fallen and how God’s Spirit interceded on our behalf.
- Do you have your Bible ready?
- Do you have a pen and paper for making notes?
- Are your hearts and minds receptive to what we are about to study
Okay good, let us begin Part III of our study exploring (Romans 8: 31-39)
Romans 8: 31-32
God’s love chases us even within the depths of despair, He loves us too much to abandon us or leave us defenceless in our most barren moments. He is the God who created all things, all authority, power and dominion belong to him. Who dares go against us if the God of all power, of all authority and of all dominion is fighting for us.
I love David because he understood the heart of God and understood how much the Lord cares for His people. That is why against Goliath the giant did David question
“Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (1Samuel 17:26).
Within his questioning can we understand the extent to which David understood God’s promises, he understood how much God cared for the nation of Israel and understood that God had made His people set apart from other nations through circumcision (Genesis 17:11) therefore, was with them in all things. Furthermore, he had an understanding that without God’s heavenly armies (plural) this Philistine could not be defeated, he was not comparing the strength of Israel against Saul’s army but against the armies governed by the Lord and so knew that the strength of the nation was based on who was leading it. The Philistines where being led by man but the army of Israel by God, and sadly the soldiers including David’s own brothers did not understand this for they saw things through their carnal eyes. When we turn to (2 Kings 6: 15-17) the King of Aram had sent an army against Elisha and the entire city which they resided in, Elisha’s servant was afraid but unlike his servant, Elisha understood that the authority behind them was greater than the one in front because his eyes were opened to see ‘that the mountain was covered with horses and chariots of fire’ (verse 17) belonging to God and that the Lord’s army outnumbered those of their adversary. In the same manner, when preparing to meet with his brother, Jacob was met by God’s angels (plural) and upon seeing them he said
“This is God’s camp [ troop]” (Genesis 32:1)
For he saw that the Lord was with him in his preparation to fight against his brother. As such, with this revelation we too can confidently say that if the Lord is for us who dares be against us, for the Lord is our ‘protective shield’ (Psalm 91:4) and ‘though ‘ten thousand may fall at our right hand, the pestilence [the adversary] will not even touch us’ (Psalm 91:7), for if he did not even hesitate to sacrifice His own son for our sake what more would he be willing to give us just to pursue our love and affection.
The Lord is true and honest but most importantly He is just and as such the promises he makes, the laws he implements he abides by more than we could possibly ever imagine. As such, those who speak, do and follow evil (things against God’s laws and promises) cannot enter into the Kingdom of God, therefore, if we speak, do or follow evil we too cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. When we say ‘evil’ often at times we have such a limited understanding of what that means, but evil aka sin, is anything that separates us further from God e.g. boasting in our own strength or speaking ill of ourselves. As imperfect creatures, we do this too often, but Christ who is in us–> the Hope of Glory<– is the one who enables us to be able to stand perfect and blameless before God. Before Christ died for our iniquity the Devil could stand before God and accuse us of committing evil, therefore, find reason for us not to enter into the Kingdom of God but now that it is Christ’s perfection that covers our imperfection can we even dare to say that we have been made worthy to stand before God innocent. No man or being can dare condemn us away from his presence now that we have been set free from sin.
Romans 8: 35-39
Now that Christ has found us and has exalted us from our barren state, nothing can separate us from His love. Natural disaster, death in the family, famine, poverty, war are things which often make one question where God is and make men turn away from Him, but these things do not make Christ turn away from us. The book of Job is so interesting because from beginning to the end we [the readers] still have many questions to ask such as why did God allow the afflictions to occur to Job? The following is my own personal opinion, I think God understood Job’s’ heart and knew him as ‘a man of perfect integrity’ (Job 1:8) and knew that of all men on Earth Job would never fail Him but continue to exalt God’s name and not curse it in times of trouble. What a great honour that God considered Him to be someone whom he could rely upon to prove the devil wrong. God is faithful ‘He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation, He will also provide a way of escape so that you are able to bear it’ (1 Corinthians 10:13). If we were placed in such a situation could we still exalt the Lord with all our hearts? God will never place you in such a situation where you could not overcome, all the sufferings you experience because you are a Christian or for other reasons know that the God of the heavenly armies has seen your past, present and future and has even flattened the mountains to make your journey straight (Isaiah 45:2), he didn’t place you in that environment because he wanted to see you fall, but because he knew you would be more than victorious through Him.
‘Through Him’ (Romans 8: 37)
It is not by our own strength that we overcome but by His, it is not from our own authority but his, not by our own armies but His. ‘For it is God who is working in you, [enabling you] both to will and to act for His good purpose’ (Philippians 2:13) therefore we can say we are ‘able to do all things through Him who strengthens me [us]’ (Philippians 4:13).
We have been found, restored and made whole and nothing, nothing can take this glory away from us- NOTHING!!
In Romans 8 we find our identity and our identity was not created to be slaves but to be glorified and exalted heirs to the heavenly Kingdom, children born not of man but of the spectacular Spirit of God who makes us stand holy, pure and blameless before His presence. No one can take this revelation away from us, they may try but can not, I was inspired to write a poem about just that if you are interested in reading it you can follow this link.
Thank you for joining this ride through Romans 8, it has been a true blessing within my own life and I have learnt so much and I pray that you too have received something. So I will end this trilogy with a prayer:
I pray that the Lord would unveil within us the unlimited riches of his glory and favor until supernatural strength floods our innermost beings with his divine might and explosive power. And that the Messiah may dwell within your hearts through faith. I pray that we may be rooted and firmly established in love and comprehend the strength, and width , height and depth of Gods love and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses all understanding
Check out Part I of the Blog
Check out Part II of the Blog