No one can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ including ourselves. In Romans 8:38-39, Paul says,. As long as His love is in us and His works are done by us we shall not be separated. It is God who justifies. Here is the amazing truth, some accusations may even be true, but it does not matter. So, what Paul is getting at is that if God would give us His absolute most precious possession why would we ever doubt that He would withhold other less costly gifts. Why do we ever think its any other way? The only Judge who can declare the verdict has already declared us just and righteous. Justification is a divine judicial edict. Truth Taught- Because of the work of Christ we are forever God’s children and forever loved by Him no matter what. We cannot be plucked up or blown over. Again the accuser of the brethren, the devil (the accuser) tries. . In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. God delivers and rescues. Because it is unearned and undeserved, the only real response is praise directed toward God. 502–503). On the anvil of my experience of God’s love and God’s providence I have come to this total conviction that nothing shall separate us from the love of Christ. Nothing Can Separate us From God’s Love. 1:4; cf. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ. "I took my son to our priest," reported her friend, "and he got him straightened out for good." 25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Even danger or martyrdom can’t do it. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons. Next he proves that the death of Christ was eternally effectual for all God’s people because to prove it God raises Christ from the grave. Satan is called the accuser of the brethren and he may accuse us of various things but the accusations do not matter because Christ’s death has paid for our sin and the One who is responsible to render our verdict has already justified us. They can confuse us into thinking we have been rejected. He has the power to love us for eternity and will love us for all eternity. No one can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ including ourselves. 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Famine could not do it, lack of material goods even destitute of the very basic things would not have the power to separate us from God’s love. 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—. Nothing can take us from God’s sovereign hands we are forever His, no matter what. I received Jesus as my Lord and Saviour from an early age. We could imagine that there would be enemies trying to accuse us of some sin or even trying to convince God that we are guilty of some crime that would make our salvation null and void. For I am convinced, Paul writes to the first century followers of Jesus, For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Posted on July 15, 2018 Life can’t do it. We cannot loose our salvation. 36 As it is written. However, God's love never ends. Because God loves us we will never be separated from His love. What he’s telling us is that the very God we are asking the question will He meet our needs is the same God who has given Christ to die on our behalf. He is so sure that he even goes through an exhaustive list. And he is interceding for us, which means he is seeing to it that his finished work of redemption does in fact save us hour by hour and bring us safe to eternal joy. It comes to us as a free gift of God based on the faith that He also gives us. For God so loves, for His name sake. The word if translates the Greek conditional particle ei, signifying a fulfilled condition, not a mere possibility the meaning of the first clause is therefore “Because God is for us.”, The obvious implication is that if anyone were able to rob us of salvation they would have to be greater than God Himself, because He is both the giver and the sustainer of salvation. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. He’s like the grizzly bear caring for her cubs. Romans (pp. 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. The cross is the guarantee of the continuing, unfailing generosity of God. 2However, I have found a few people who thought that the expression in verse 39, “nor any other created thing,” presented an exception. Listen struggling Christian God is for you. Sermon for the Internation Day of Prayer 2015. The reason Paul can say that nothing will separate us from the love of Christ is because Christ is alive and is still loving us now. Copyright 2020 Bethlehem Lutheran Church - St. Charles, IL. Paul takes us to the cross again doesn’t he? But those attacks are within our own minds. The flesh is fighting us. Here’s another important purpose of God. Hard things now or in the future cannot! God loves you when you are alive or dead. The world and its fallen system is against us, the devil is against us etc. Neither can angels, governments, or powers. July 26, 2020 For I am convinced, Paul writes to the first century followers of Jesus, For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Many Christians will accept that nothing outside of ourselves can separate us from God’s love, but they live with the constant fear that they might jump out of the Lord’s saving hand. There could never be a costlier gift than the death of Jesus for us. To Christians Paul is asking, in effect, “Who could conceivably take away our no-condemnation status?” (see 8:1). When we discover all God has done to seal our eternal destiny we too can praise Him of salvation and for glorification. 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. God makes it clear in His Word that nothing can separate us from His love. Nothing that life throws our way can separate us from Him. Video Sermon - Nothing Can Separate Us From The Love of God, a message preached by Elder James Isaacs, October 23rd 1999. www.primitivebaptist.net Pause for a moment and be reminded of the promises in Scripture that nothing can separate us from the love of God! The apostle was absolutely convinced that nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. He challenges anybody and everybody, in heaven, earth, or hell, to answer them and to deny truth, which they contain. In fact, justification effects no actual change whatsoever in the sinner’s nature or character. Since we did nothing to earn it we cant do anything to loose it. If he would have just said that we could rightly conclude everywhere there are those against us. I am a better one—I am talking like a madman—with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. Because it is God, the Judge, who justifies. Paul takes us to the cross then he takes us to the empty tomb to prove that full payment has been made for us. 8 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Who is to condemn? II. Angels cannot! ID. Share Romans 8:26-39 with your congregation with this dramatic reading set to a moving video montage. He is at the right hand of God and is therefore ruling for us. God is on our side. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Beloved even if we desired to condemn ourselves, even that wouldn’t work. Colossians 2:14-15 tells us that when Christ died he defeated Satan and all his evil minions. Re-read the Bible verses above and be encouraged that Jesus is your Rock of refuge! the love of God – who he is. Since God has declared us righteous in Christ no accusation will stick to us. In giving us His Son, He gave us everything. NOTHING CAN SEPARATE US FROM GOD’S LOVE. The good the bad and the ugly. Sermon - Romans 8:26-39 – Nothing Can Separate Us from God's Love Pitts Creek and Beaver Dam Churches July 24, 2011 So far in the eighth chapter of the Book of Romans, we have been listening to the Apostle Paul tell us that we are not good enough. Beloved, there is nothing that can touch our souls…nothing, everything that happens in this world whether good things or trials will only make us more like Jesus. It can also cause quite a bit of confusion and misconceptions about God and the afterlife. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. We know that all things work for our good (Romans 8:28). Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. 20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. It wants us to conform to its image. In its theological sense, justification is a forensic, or purely legal, term. Afflictions, Sufferings, Trials we learned only cause God’s people to be more like Jesus and God’s love is seen through these. Paul begins with an all-encompassing rhetorical question, If God is for us, who is against us? All of these things Paul teaches us prove that we are God’s children, we are eternally secure, and there is simply nothing that can ever change that. In fact, justification effects no actual change whatsoever in the sinner’s nature or character. 24 Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. https://gccwaverly.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/sermon-7-15-18.mp3, Disciple Hour: Chapter 2- Christ’s Glory as God’s Representative, Sermon: True Israel and God’s Purpose of Election Romans 9:1-13. Now you see how comprehensive and universal is Paul’s disavowal of the possibility of some secret force one day erupting into our lives resulting in the love of Christ being torn away from us. Church Video Illustration: Nothing Can Separate us From the Love of God. And that is all they can do. 23 Are they servants of Christ? Can you see Paul asking this fifth question and then looking around to see if there is anything that can successfully separate us from God’s love. But we are a part of creation, and if nothing in creation can separate us from God’s love, then we cannot separate ourselves from His love. 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. Forensic decrees like this are fairly common in everyday life. I. Chicago: Moody Press. Because it is unearned and undeserved, the only real response is praise directed toward God. And the great display of God's love is the cross. Proposition: Nothing can separate you from God's love. Again, aren’t you glad Paul didn’t just write will God not give us all things? Who Can Lay A Charge Against God's Elect v. 33-34 Justification is an act of God's free grace unto sinners effectually called to Jesus Christ, wherein he pardons all their sins and accepts them as righteous in his sight, only for the righteousness of Christ, imputed to them and received by faith alone. There is no answer…there is no one to condemn God’s people. Isaiah 50:8–9 (ESV). They suggest that while no one or nothing can at any time separate us from God’s love, we can choose to separate ourselves from His love. July 26, 2020 For I am convinced, Paul writes to the first century followers of Jesus, For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. a. Mortality is not a problem for God's love. Not one single thing! V. There is nothing that can separate us from the love of Christ but ourselves! 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? For I am certain that nothing can separate us from his love: neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or powers, neither the present nor the future, Holman Christian Standard Bible For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers, God continually forgives because God so loves. 03/09/2014. Death cannot! But remember nothing but our own self can separate us from God’s love. He doesn’t want us to wonder or doubt; He wants us to know and be convinced of this truth. The love of God is unconditional and unending love. Pastor Harrison Bolton of Greater New Hope C.O.G.I.C., located in Chicago Heights, IL, preaches a sermon called "Who Shall Separate Us From The Love Of God." Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. Because it is a gracious gift, God will never remove salvation from us. Let’s really think about what Paul has told us in Romans? All the powers of hell and the world could come against us but they will never prevail because God is for us in Jesus Christ. 3:13).[3]. The world, this sinful system is fighting against us. Romans 8:38-39 can be one of the most encouraging verses in Scripture. Now Paul sets us down, as it were, in the courtroom of God. A. And he is interceding for us, which means he is seeing to it that his finished work of redemption does in fact save us hour by hour and bring us safe to eternal joy. Sermon – Dreamers: Mary, “The Lord Is With You” – Pastor Paisley Le Roy, Sermon – Dreamers: Finding Joy – Pastor Sarah Rohde. The crucified, risen and interceding Jesus Christ is for us. Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? Romans (p. 505). Ephesians 1:3–9 (ESV) 28 And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. God is for us. IV. It changes our status only, but it carries ramifications that guarantee other changes will follow. The devil and his army of demons are very much our adversaries they hate us because we are made in God’s image and because we are redeemed. Paul says, “Nothing can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Stop “what if”-ing, and rest in this assurance: We are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. In fact, all human relationships end with death or failure. He is a Warrior King who comes to our aid. The Apostle asks his fifth question, 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? We may even try through guilt or whatever to try and condemn ourselves that doesn’t work either. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. For no-one and nothing can harm the people of God whom God has foreknown, predestined, called, justified, and glorified.[1]. So I encourage you to claim this promise from God today…and commit Romans 8:38-39 to memory. 31 What then shall we say to these things? God stopped him in his tracks on the road to Damascus, where he was going to arrest Christians, and God called him to … So, according to Paul then there is no place for disagreement. Father!”. Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. III. Now the Apostle gloriously throws these five questions out and , as it were, dares anyone to object. But there is no answer. If you are in Christ you are on the same side God is on. When we rightly understand Chapter 8 we will then Like the Apostle Paul praise God for all He has done on our behalf. No, but they can make us feel as if God doesn’t love us. The reason Paul can say that nothing will separate us from the love of Christ is because Christ is alive and is still loving us now. Any other power cannot! Or how can we be sure God will meet our needs? 2) Life This could mean that all of life, its ups and downs, the sufferings both physical and emotional can separate us. The great display of God's power is the resurrection. Paul knew that regardless of circumstances and his own performance, that nothing could separate him from the love of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”. No one can take it from us. 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Our enemies might try. 38 For I am persuaded 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. What else can seperate us? Rob Bell, former pastor of the Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, put out a series of discussion starter videos several years ago. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross not only is the foundation of our salvation but also of our security. Notice how closely Paul’s words here echo Isaiah… 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of God: 12/30/2012 (SUN) | Bible: Romans 8:37-39. What Paul is telling us is that for a believer to ever be lost there would need to be someone mightier than God. 34 Who is to condemn? Death can’t do it. It wants to hinder us and get us off track in order to follow its lusts. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; 26 on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; 27 in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. Life cannot! Chicago: Moody Press. In verse 34 it says plainly, “Christ Jesus is the one who died – more than that, who was raised – who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” The reason Paul can say that nothing will separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus is because Christ is alive and is still loving us now. Because Jesus died to pay for all the sin that could condemn us there is nothing left for our accusers to use against us. And the foundation of our life is firmly supported by the rock of Christ’s love. ~ Devotionals Daily That’s what he means when he begins verse 31 with…31 What then shall we say to these things? Behold, all of them will wear out like a garment; Why is condemnation for God’s elect an impossibility? He is at the right hand of God and is therefore ruling for us. 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. I’m very glad Paul did not simply say, who can be against us. A member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Metropolitan Synod - God's Work Our Hands. 1 Bob wilkin is the Executive Director of Grace Evangelical Society. Since God gave us the greatest gift; since He met our greatest need with His greatest gift then why would we ever doubt that He would withhold a lesser gift for a lesser need. This is one of Paul’s greater to least arguments. by Brian Evans, Nothing Can Separate Us From the Love of God. Some have called this grand culmination of Chapter 8 the Hymn of thanksgiving or the hymn of assurance. God wants you to become a Christian and remain faithful. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But will you? It wants to keep us from serving Christ fully. Because the Father loved us so much while we were still under condemnation, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. We’d love to hear from you about trusting Jesus through painful circumstances. God is our heavenly Father who will lavish great gifts on His children. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. Why doesn’t it matter? [3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1991). Leaders cannot! (Read full chapter Because God is for us, no one can successfully be against us, Because God gave us Christ He will also give us everything we need, Because God justified us there is no one who can successfully accuse us, Because Jesus is Crucified, Risen and Interceding for us there is left no one who can condemn us, Because God forever loves us we are more than conquerors. So, he takes us to the cross. We learned in Romans that now as believers there is a war between our spirit and our flesh. You might argue that it was easy for Paul to talk that way. There are three powers fighting against us. Nothing in your past, your present, or your future can separate you from God’s love. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? In this lab, John Piper reveals the love of God for us, and calls us all to love one another in response to this great love. Who are those who would try to condemn us? It describes what God declares about the believer, not what He does to change the believer. Nothing — however dark or hard — can separate us from him. Romans 8 lands on the note of God’s unstoppable, unshakeable love for us in Christ. But that’s not what he says is it? Once I was stoned. He always loves people. We learned that all of creation is groaning in affliction eagerly waiting the glorification of God’s children, the church groans while it is waiting, Holy Spirit groans as He continually comes to our aid in prayer. by Pastor Sarah | Jul 26, 2020 | Pastor Sarah, Sermon. Because it is a gracious gift, God will never remove salvation from us. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. Now, if that wasn’t enough, he thirdly takes us to the throne room of God where Jesus is currently interceding for us. No one nor anything has the ability to condemn people that Christ died for. In fact God created each of them. She had tried everything to keep them in line, when one day she had an over-the-fence discussion with a neighbor. Here is the point of the entire Bible really…God is for us. Justification is by faith and not works. His very presence at the Father’s right hand is also proof that His work is finished. Come join the conversation on our blog! Are there ways in which you’re living in fear of being separated from God’s love? Is there anyone stronger than God, the Creator of everything and everyone who exists?[2]. Once we are born-again sons of God, it’s up to us to become persuaded in our own minds to believe God… BUT…none of these can compare to God. 5:21). Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of God-Romans 8:35-39 Bethel Reformed Church Exeter. Like the Apostle I too am convinced that nothing can separate me from the love of God. It changes our status only, but it carries ramifications that guarantee other changes will follow. Because the Son loved us so much while we were still under condemnation, He “gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us out of this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father” (Gal. Romans 8:38 For I know that nothing can keep us from the love of God. That is the point of Romans 8:35, “Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.” God is calling us to new depths of love for each other and for those outside. So, there can be no charge brought against God’s elect because they have already been declared righteous through faith. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. 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