and welcome back to our study in Romans.
can’t believe how long we have been in chapter 8, class!
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.
week, we ended our study with a question, and here it is again—
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for
us, who can be against us?”
does the apostle say that?
says that as a result of all that God has done for us leading up to that
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
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…
30 continues, MOREOVER…
He has predestined, He has called, whom He has justified, whom
He has glorified.
how Paul can say what he does now, here in verse 31?
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against
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?
it on, I say!
God is for us, then who could be against us!
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
to these telling words proudly proclaimed by King David:
“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)
God I have put my trust—what can man do to me?
to Romans—verse 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?”
is in the giving business!
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)
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)
to you that God has given to:
“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.”
cannot out-give God, as they like to say at collection-plate time.
“Who shall bring an accusation against God’s elect?
It is God who justifies.”
this is the first time in this epistle that believers are called “The
elect.” Paul will go on to explain further in chapter 9.
let’s get back to the statement:
shall, or who can bring a charge against somebody that God has already
declared NOT GUILTY?
can man to do me??
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 (
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.”
if you are a child of God, by your faith in Jesus Christ His Son, then no one
can hurt you.
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—
“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.
verse 13 says, "whosoever shall call upon the name of the LORD shall be
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?”
“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.”
that? Jesus Christ, to this day, is seated at the right hand of God!
people believe that God took the form of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, at
have been many “Christians” who deny the Trinity, unfortunately.
of these, as you all in here have heard me rave, refuse to interpret the Bible
literally, as it is meant to be taken!
just a few that establish proof that there is more than one throne in heaven
that seats Royalty!
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
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)
knows where the Son is, too—
"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)
more Scripture out of Hebrews:
“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)
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
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or
danger, or sword?
Just as it is written: "For Your sake we are put to death the whole day
long; we are accounted as sheep for slaughter."
But in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
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.
victory which is more than a victory.
“A holy arrogance of victory in the might of Christ”
again the key: The might of Christ!!
by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith
the LORD of hosts.” (Zech 4:6)
Paul wrote, I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels nor
principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,
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.
of speaks for itself, don’t you think?
covers every angle here, every height, every depth, and every created being—
being unable to separate us from the love of God, which
love is God is manifest in this way:
“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)
gave us His only begotten Son!
“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.”
have all been transferred into the kingdom of the Son of His love!
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
“Beloved, if in this way God loved us, indeed we ought to love one
bless you all, and good night.