The Apostle asks his fifth question, 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Justification is by faith and not works. A member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Metropolitan Synod - God's Work Our Hands. Even danger or martyrdom can’t do it. Now the Apostle gloriously throws these five questions out and , as it were, dares anyone to object. Paul knew that regardless of circumstances and his own performance, that nothing could separate him from the love of God. There is no answer…there is no one to condemn God’s people. In fact, justification effects no actual change whatsoever in the sinner’s nature or character. He is at the right hand of God and is therefore ruling for us. Hard things now or in the future cannot! It can also cause quite a bit of confusion and misconceptions about God and the afterlife. In fact, justification effects no actual change whatsoever in the sinner’s nature or character. A. by Brian Evans, Nothing Can Separate Us From the Love of God. Paul begins with an all-encompassing rhetorical question, If God is for us, who is against us? Afflictions, Sufferings, Trials we learned only cause God’s people to be more like Jesus and God’s love is seen through these. ~ Devotionals Daily 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. 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. When we discover all God has done to seal our eternal destiny we too can praise Him of salvation and for glorification. Why do we ever think its any other way? God is for us. 1 Bob wilkin is the Executive Director of Grace Evangelical Society. 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. 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. He challenges anybody and everybody, in heaven, earth, or hell, to answer them and to deny truth, which they contain. by Pastor Sarah | Jul 26, 2020 | Pastor Sarah, Sermon. The world and its fallen system is against us, the devil is against us etc. 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. God is on our side. But can the demons separate us from the love of God? Let’s really think about what Paul has told us in Romans? 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, 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. And the foundation of our life is firmly supported by the rock of Christ’s love. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. It describes what God declares about the believer, not what He does to change the believer. The cross is the guarantee of the continuing, unfailing generosity of God. In fact, all human relationships end with death or failure. Colossians 2:14-15 tells us that when Christ died he defeated Satan and all his evil minions. 2However, I have found a few people who thought that the expression in verse 39, “nor any other created thing,” presented an exception. Why doesn’t it matter? The truth is, we need many things, some of which are very costly and vital to our survival and our spiritual growth. But remember nothing but our own self can separate us from God’s love. However, God's love never ends. We learned in Romans that now as believers there is a war between our spirit and our flesh. Death cannot! Are there ways in which you’re living in fear of being separated from God’s love? 31 What then shall we say to these things? Justification is a divine judicial edict. The world, this sinful system is fighting against us. 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. 24 Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. 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. Romans 8:38-39 can be one of the most encouraging verses in Scripture. So, according to Paul then there is no place for disagreement. [2] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1991). Leaders cannot! 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. 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. 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? (Read full chapter 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. 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. He is so sure that he even goes through an exhaustive list. 34 Who is to condemn? Office : (630) 584-6027 Fax: (630) 584-2674, Serving our community since 1882. I’m very glad Paul did not simply say, who can be against us. Because it is unearned and undeserved, the only real response is praise directed toward God. Again, aren’t you glad Paul didn’t just write will God not give us all things? the love of God – who he is. Life cannot! 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. 2) Life This could mean that all of life, its ups and downs, the sufferings both physical and emotional can separate us. ID. He has the power to love us for eternity and will love us for all eternity. 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. There could never be a costlier gift than the death of Jesus for us. 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. The crucified, risen and interceding Jesus Christ is for us. The great display of God's power is the resurrection. Paul takes us to the cross again doesn’t he? Here’s another important purpose of God. Chicago: Moody Press. 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. When we rightly understand Chapter 8 we will then Like the Apostle Paul praise God for all He has done on our behalf. He is at the right hand of God and is therefore ruling for us. Is there anyone stronger than God, the Creator of everything and everyone who exists?[2]. Beloved even if we desired to condemn ourselves, even that wouldn’t work. 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. 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. Nothing can take us from God’s sovereign hands we are forever His, no matter what. Again the accuser of the brethren, the devil (the accuser) tries. The love of God is unconditional and unending 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. 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. 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. “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”. It wants to hinder us and get us off track in order to follow its lusts. No one can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ including ourselves. Posted on July 15, 2018 36 As it is written. He’s like the grizzly bear caring for her cubs. 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. 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. Behold, all of them will wear out like a garment; Why is condemnation for God’s elect an impossibility? Since we did nothing to earn it we cant do anything to loose it. But that’s not what he says is it? 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. The only Judge who can declare the verdict has already declared us just and righteous. But there is no answer. We know that all things work for our good (Romans 8:28). I received Jesus as my Lord and Saviour from an early age. Proposition: Nothing can separate you from God's love. God loves you when you are alive or dead. Romans (pp. The good the bad and the ugly. We may even try through guilt or whatever to try and condemn ourselves that doesn’t work either. 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. 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! 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. To Christians Paul is asking, in effect, “Who could conceivably take away our no-condemnation status?” (see 8:1). They can confuse us into thinking we have been rejected. Here is the point of the entire Bible really…God is for us. Life can’t do it. It wants to keep us from serving Christ fully. V. There is nothing that can separate us from the love of Christ but ourselves! 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? 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. 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. 1:4; cf. Here’s Paul’s experience of most all of these examples and He concluded that even in these very serious times of suffering that when he had nothing else, he still had the love of God. 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. The apostle was absolutely convinced that nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 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. Share Romans 8:26-39 with your congregation with this dramatic reading set to a moving video montage. Romans 8 lands on the note of God’s unstoppable, unshakeable love for us in Christ. Now Paul sets us down, as it were, in the courtroom of God. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. It changes our status only, but it carries ramifications that guarantee other changes will follow. Some have called this grand culmination of Chapter 8 the Hymn of thanksgiving or the hymn of assurance. Truth Taught- Because of the work of Christ we are forever God’s children and forever loved by Him no matter what. 03/09/2014. 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. 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. Re-read the Bible verses above and be encouraged that Jesus is your Rock of refuge! And that is all they can do. 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. Because it is unearned and undeserved, the only real response is praise directed toward God. There are three powers fighting against us. 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. Video Sermon - Nothing Can Separate Us From The Love of God, a message preached by Elder James Isaacs, October 23rd 1999. www.primitivebaptist.net Isaiah 50:8–9 (ESV). Church Video Illustration: Nothing Can Separate us From the Love of God. God continually forgives because God so loves. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross not only is the foundation of our salvation but also of our security. 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. 5:21). [3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1991). He is a Warrior King who comes to our aid. Neither can angels, governments, or powers. As long as His love is in us and His works are done by us we shall not be separated. Nothing Can Separate us From God’s Love. It is God who justifies. For God so loves, for His name sake. How do these truths make you better fit to courageously serve Christ against all types of opposition? In Romans 8:38-39, Paul says,. In fact God created each of them. We’d love to hear from you about trusting Jesus through painful circumstances. 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—. Angels cannot! So, there can be no charge brought against God’s elect because they have already been declared righteous through faith. Now, if that wasn’t enough, he thirdly takes us to the throne room of God where Jesus is currently interceding for us. Death can’t do it. . Notice how closely Paul’s words here echo Isaiah… He always loves people. No one can take it from us. "I took my son to our priest," reported her friend, "and he got him straightened out for good." Come join the conversation on our blog! Because it is a gracious gift, God will never remove salvation from us. Forensic decrees like this are fairly common in everyday life. In giving us His Son, He gave us everything. Because it is God, the Judge, who justifies. Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? NOTHING CAN SEPARATE US FROM GOD’S LOVE. 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. 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. Because God loves us we will never be separated from His love. 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. So I encourage you to claim this promise from God today…and commit Romans 8:38-39 to memory. Our enemies might try. 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. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? 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? Like the Apostle I too am convinced that nothing can separate me from the love of God. This is one of Paul’s greater to least arguments. God makes it clear in His Word that nothing can separate us from His love. 36 As it is written. Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of God: 12/30/2012 (SUN) | Bible: Romans 8:37-39. Pause for a moment and be reminded of the promises in Scripture that nothing can separate us from the love of God! 20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:38 For I know that nothing can keep us from the love of God. If you are in Christ you are on the same side God is on. 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. 23 Are they servants of Christ? a. Mortality is not a problem for God's love. Who is to condemn? Father!”. Listen struggling Christian God is for you. II. It changes our status only, but it carries ramifications that guarantee other changes will follow. No one can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ including ourselves. 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 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. We cannot loose our salvation. Once I was stoned. Romans (p. 505). 25 Three times I was beaten with rods. 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. 3:13).[3]. 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. Here is the amazing truth, some accusations may even be true, but it does not matter. 8 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. And the great display of God's love is the cross. Paul takes us to the cross then he takes us to the empty tomb to prove that full payment has been made for us. Who are those who would try to condemn us? Since God has declared us righteous in Christ no accusation will stick to us. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons. God is our heavenly Father who will lavish great gifts on His children. Not one single thing! I. 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. 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. Text: Romans 8:18-28, 34-37 "I heard about a frustrated mother whose two sons where driving her crazy. 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. If God is for us, who can be against us? Because it is a gracious gift, God will never remove salvation from us. Or how can we be sure God will meet our needs? 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. 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. God wants you to become a Christian and remain faithful. Sermon for the Internation Day of Prayer 2015. Nothing — however dark or hard — can separate us from him. Sermon – Dreamers: Mary, “The Lord Is With You” – Pastor Paisley Le Roy, Sermon – Dreamers: Finding Joy – Pastor Sarah Rohde. 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." For no-one and nothing can harm the people of God whom God has foreknown, predestined, called, justified, and glorified.[1]. It comes to us as a free gift of God based on the faith that He also gives us. She had tried everything to keep them in line, when one day she had an over-the-fence discussion with a neighbor. But will you? The flesh is fighting us. Any other power cannot! No, but they can make us feel as if God doesn’t love us. Nothing in your past, your present, or your future can separate you 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. Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? What else can seperate us? God delivers and rescues. God stopped him in his tracks on the road to Damascus, where he was going to arrest Christians, and God called him to … But those attacks are within our own minds. III. Nothing that life throws our way can separate us from Him. 502–503). It wants us to conform to its image. His very presence at the Father’s right hand is also proof that His work is finished. Perfect for lectionary! You might argue that it was easy for Paul to talk that way. 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. 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. 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. 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. So, he takes us to the cross. 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. Ephesians 1:3–9 (ESV) That’s what he means when he begins verse 31 with…31 What then shall we say to these things? 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 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. Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of God-Romans 8:35-39 Bethel Reformed Church Exeter. No one nor anything has the ability to condemn people that Christ died for. We cannot be plucked up or blown over. He doesn’t want us to wonder or doubt; He wants us to know and be convinced of this truth. In its theological sense, justification is a forensic, or purely legal, term. 28 And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. Because Jesus died to pay for all the sin that could condemn us there is nothing left for our accusers to use against us. If he would have just said that we could rightly conclude everywhere there are those against us. 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