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Nothing Means Nothing.

Romans 8:31-39

We flourish in our redemption when we truly realize, believe, and embrace God’s tender, longing, affectionate and reliable love for us.


But here’s the key. Many of us can fall into the trap of living as though God keeps a running tab on our lives to determine if we can remain in His favor.


That can happen since we’re not only aware of our sin but traditions like the reformed faith make a point to put a spotlight on our sin.

It also happens when we evaluate how well we’ve handled a particular difficulty or set of difficulties and troubles like Covid.


Here’s the deal. I’m convinced we’ll never embrace the reality of God’s love for us in Christ as long as we’re constantly focused on our flaws, sins, and shortcomings.


Rather, based on the rhetorical questions and statements in the last part of Romans 8 our gaze and focus should be on Christ, what He’s done for us, and thus how the living God sees us now that we’re in Christ.


To sum up nothing and I mean nothing can ever separate us from being viewed as God’s deeply, dearly, wanted, welcome, delighted in, and loved children. That includes our flaws, sins, and shortcomings.


What will it mean for us to actually embrace God’s love for us in 2022? By embrace, I mean to count it as absolutely true for us.


It means God is truly for us.

It means God has fully given us Himself now.

It means we’re permanently in God’s unmerited favor.

It means we have a grace-based, grace-focused, and not guilt-based or focused relationship with the living God.

It means nothing and nobody including ourselves will separate us from God’s loving, accepting presence.


It means God is truly for us. Vs. 31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?


God is for us, that is, He is for us enjoying a closely connected relationship with Him through faith in Jesus Christ without fear or anxiety.

A significant part of enjoying it is the knowledge that nothing we can do can or will do can ever undo what Christ has done to bring us close to the living God.


God’s not looking for nor listening out for reasons to distance himself from us. He didn’t give us a full redemption in Christ just to put us on a lifelong test to see if we’re worthy of it.


God does not treat nor view our relationship with Him like a middle school romance.


It means God has fully given us Himself now. Vs. 32. 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?


The Father gave up the face-to-face fellowship He enjoyed with His Son through all eternity.

The Father gave up the life of His one and only Son when He put Him forward as an actual payment for the sins of the world.

The Father gave up the right to hold our sins against us when He punished Christ instead of us.

In giving up His one and unique Son for us, the Father secured us as His own precious treasure.

Therefore, God never has reason to distance Himself from us. He gave up too much to bring us close to Himself.


It means we’re permanently in God’s unmerited favor. Vs. 33. Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.


A charge in this context is a reason for God to withdraw Himself from us. And there are times when we’re the ones bringing the charge against ourselves.

God never listens to any charge brought against us since our entire relationship with Him is grounded in His unmerited favor that He was under no obligation to give us in the first place.

By grace, we’ve been justified, that is recognized as being in a present and permanent, perfect right relationship with the living God through faith in the sinless life, sacrificial death, and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ.


It means we have a grace-based, grace-focused, and not guilt-based or focused relationship with the living God. Vs. 34. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.


To condemn in this context means to be unworthy of enjoying God’s favor and presence. Once again there are times when we’re the ones condemning ourselves.

But God never condemns us since He already declared Christ guilty in our place.

Moreover, we know the Father accepted Christ’s sacrifice since He rose again from the grave.


It means nothing and nobody including ourselves will separate us from God’s loving, accepting presence.

Vs. 35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?