In Romans 8:31-39 the Apostle Paul instructs Christians that God is for us, and he wants what is best for our lives. Through 5 rhetorical questions, the Apostle Paul reminds us of the incredible benefits of being on God’s team.
Since God is for us, we should never worry about these 5 things.
“What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31) If God is for us, we do not have to worry about opposition. If God is on our team, we win. If God is on our side, the enemy has no chance. “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4) The one who is in you, Jesus, is greater than the one in the world, Satan. Since God is on our side, we do not have to worry about opposition.
“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?” (Romans 8:32) Since God gave us his only son, Jesus, He will graciously give us all things. Since God is for us, we do not have to worry about provision. God, our Heavenly Father, provides for all of his children. “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
“Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.” (Romans 8:33) Since God is on our side, we do not have to worry about accusation. “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” (1 John 2:1) In God’s court of law, Satan is the prosecuting attorney, and he is always accusing us of doing wrong. But here’s the deal. Jesus is our defense attorney. He speaks to God the Father on our behalf. And God is the judge. It’s nice to have the defense attorney and the judge on our side. As Christians, we do not have to worry about accusations.
“Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—and is at the right hand of God and is interceding for us.” (Romans 8:34) The only person who can truly condemn us is Jesus. And he is for us. In fact, he died on the cross for our sins and is sitting at the right hand of God interceding for us. He is praying for us. He is speaking to the Father on our behalf. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” (Romans 8:1) We do not have to worry about being condemned, because “Jesus Christ died for our sins once and for all.” (1 Peter 3:18)
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 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.” (Romans 8:35-39) Once we place our faith in Jesus Christ there is nothing that can separate us from the love of Jesus. We have a close, personal relationship with Him that lasts for all eternity. In fact, eternal life is to know God through His Son, Jesus (John 17:3).
Once we come to know Jesus personally, God is for us! And if God is for us, who can be against us? Let’s thank Him today that we do not have to worry about these 5 things: opposition, provision, accusation, condemnation, and separation.
Jonathan Howes has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Jacksonville State University and a Master in Divinity Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the lead pastor for Graystone Church.