Expositions in Romans—If God is for us, who can be against us?

 

Greetings, and welcome back to our study in Romans.

I can’t believe how long we have been in chapter 8, class!

Tonight, we shall wrap up this chapter, and in our next class, we will pick up with a new subject in chapter 9, the sovereignty of God.

Last week, we ended our study with a question, and here it is again—

31 “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Why does the apostle say that?

He says that as a result of all that God has done for us leading up to that point:

29 Because whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers.  30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

If it’s not enough that He has foreknown us, and that He has changed our hearts, to make us like Jesus His Son, the firstborn over ALL creation…

Verse 30 continues, MOREOVER…

Whom He has predestined, He has called, whom He has justified, whom He has glorified.

See how Paul can say what he does now, here in verse 31?

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

If God, who has justified us in eternity past, because He knows the ending from the beginning, and has glorified us, alongside His Son, if God has done all of these things, then who on earth could EVER be against us?

Who would care???

Bring it on, I say!

If God is for us, then who could be against us!

As Paul will say momentarily, 36 Just as it is written: "For Your sake we are put to death the whole day long; we are accounted as sheep for slaughter."

Listen to these telling words proudly proclaimed by King David:

9 “When I cry out to You, Then my enemies will turn back; This I know, because God is for me.  10 In God (I will praise His word), In the LORD (I will praise His word),  11 In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? (Ps 56:9-11)

In God I have put my trust—what can man do to me?

Back to Romans—verse 32:

32 “He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up on behalf of us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”

God is in the giving business!

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

Jesus said, 7 "Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.  8 For everyone that asks receives, and he that seeks finds, and to him that knocks, it shall be opened. (Matt 7:7-8)

And to you that God has given to:

12 “For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he shall be in abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.” (Matt 13:12 )

You cannot out-give God, as they like to say at collection-plate time.

Verse 33:

33 “Who shall bring an accusation against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.”

Now this is the first time in this epistle that believers are called “The elect.” Paul will go on to explain further in chapter 9.

But let’s get back to the statement:

Who shall, or who can bring a charge against somebody that God has already declared NOT GUILTY?

What can man to do me??

What can Satan, the accuser of the brethren, what can he do to me? (For the Bible says that he is the one who brings the charges against you and I, day and night, before God ( Rev 12:10 ).

Jesus said, “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both the soul and the body in hell.” (Matt 10:28 )

Friends, if you are a child of God, by your faith in Jesus Christ His Son, then no one can hurt you.

And, if you are reading this study online, and you are not a child of God, or if you are not sure, the Apostle Paul makes clear in chapter 10 of this letter, how to have that assurance—

9 “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and you believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.  10 For with the heart one believes resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in salvation.

And verse 13 says, "whosoever shall call upon the name of the LORD shall be saved."

Believe in Jesus Christ TODAY, and have that assurance that your name is engraved in heaven, in the Book of Life, so that YOU TOO may say, “In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

Verse 34…

33 “Who shall bring an accusation against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.  34 Who is he that condemns? Christ is the One having died, but rather also having been raised, who is even at the right hand of God, who also intercedes on our behalf.”

See that? Jesus Christ, to this day, is seated at the right hand of God!

Some people believe that God took the form of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, at various times.

There have been many “Christians” who deny the Trinity, unfortunately.

All of these, as you all in here have heard me rave, refuse to interpret the Bible literally, as it is meant to be taken!

Here’s just a few that establish proof that there is more than one throne in heaven that seats Royalty!

19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. (Mark 16:19 )

Jesus Himself tells us it will be this way: 69 “Hereafter the Son of Man will sit on the right hand of the power of God." (Luke 22:69)

Peter knows where the Son is, too—

32 "This Jesus God has raised up, of which we all are witnesses."  33 "Therefore having being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear. (Acts 2:32-33)

One more Scripture out of Hebrews:

2 “looking unto Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Heb 11:2)

Class, make no mistake about it—God the Son and God the Father occupy their own throne, and the Bible bears witness to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity of God. (See Acts 5:4, and Ephesians 4:30, regarding the Person of the Holy Spirit).

Verse 35—

35 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?

36 Just as it is written: "For Your sake we are put to death the whole day long; we are accounted as sheep for slaughter." 

37 But in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

This compound word translated “more than conquerors” is the word hupernikao, which means to “over-conquer,”, or “to conquer completely,” without any real threat to personal life or health.

A victory which is more than a victory. “A holy arrogance of victory in the might of Christ” (Meyer).

Once again the key: The might of Christ!!

“Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.” (Zech 4:6)

Also, Paul wrote, I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil 4:13)

Verse 38…

38 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 

39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Kind of speaks for itself, don’t you think?

Paul covers every angle here, every height, every depth, and every created being—

As being unable to separate us from the love of God, which is…

Which is….

The love is God is manifest in this way:

10 “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10)

God gave.

God gave us His only begotten Son!

13 “He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” ( Col 1:13-14)

We have all been transferred into the kingdom of the Son of His love!

And as I said last week, about what it means to be conformed to the image of His Son, let’s let the Apostle John tell us again—1 John 4:11

11 “Beloved, if in this way God loved us, indeed we ought to love one another.”

God bless you all, and good night.