Friday, July 10, 2015

CCF: Making More Than a Conqueror - More Than a Cliche

By Pastor Ramylal
Romans 8:31-39

As we are going through the Romans series, let's have a quick look at the book of Romans per chapter:
Chapter
Description
Romans 1
Introduction
Romans 2-3
All people are sinful and cannot find salvation by themselves
Romans 4-7
We have salvation/justification in Christ Jesus
Romans 8
The full results and blessing of salvation
Romans 9-11
What about the salvation of the Jews?
Romans 12-15:22
The lifestyle of those who receive salvation
Romans 15:23-16
Conclusion

Romans 8 speaks about the results of salvation, where there is no condemnation having future glory and Spirit filled life for those who believed in Jesus Christ. The ultimate result is complete and perfect! Hence it leads us to the rousing climax of Lord's salvation for us. Romans 8:31-39, presents seven questions that strengthens his promise that we are more than conquerors through Christ who loved us. Let's examine each verse:

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
If God is working for you – No one can work against you
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?
If God is given you what is most precious to Him, who is Jesus Christ His only Son – Nothing that is good for you will be withheld from you
33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
If God has justified you – No one can bring a guilty charge against you
34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who diedmore than that, who was raised to lifeis at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
If Jesus is interceding for you – No one can condemn you
35a Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
If you have the love of Christ – No one can come in between Christ and you
35b Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
If you have the love of Christ – Nothing can come in between Christ and you
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 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.
If because of Christ's love you cannot be separated from Him – You are more than a conqueror in Christ

In these seven questions, Apostle Paul poses three answers:

v33 - It is God who justifies.
v34 - Christ Jesus who diedmore than that, who was raised to lifeis at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
V39 – (Nothing) will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
While there are man-made or natural disasters like trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword as mentioned in verse 35, all these will not be able to separate us from the love of Christ. Even the limitations or authorities listed in verse 38-39 like death or life, angels or demons, the present or the future, any powers,  height or depth, or anything else in all creation – absolutely nothing can separate us from God's love in Christ Jesus.

In summation, as believers of Christ – God loves you and justifies you; Christ loves you and intercedes for you and finally you will never be separated from Christ.

Hence, this amazing activity of God can lead us to realize that we have the reassuring conclusion to Lord's salvation for us.


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