All of us, at one time or another, have entertained the thought, “If God loves me, why is this happening to me?” The Apostle Paul answers this “love” question in Romans 8:31-39.
QUESTION #1: “If God is for us, who can be against us? 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?” (vs 31-32)
— Paul wants his readers to understand that God is FOR us. He wants our best (maybe not what we think would be best). To prove that, He already has shared His greatest treasure with us. He allowed His Son, the Lord Jesus to leave Heaven, become a man, and be crucified in order to pay for our sin and to make it possible for us to have a love-relationship with Him.
QUESTION #2: “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.” (vs 33)
— In our day, many verdicts are overturned by an appeals court. But when God makes a judgment, there is no court higher than His to which an appeal can be made. When God justifies a person who places their faith in Jesus Christ, He forever clears them from future judgment for sin.
—The moment we place our trust in Jesus and ask Him to take over the steering wheel of our life, God’s gavel strikes the bench and God declares, “Justified. No longer guilty. Case dismissed.”
QUESTION #3: “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.” (vs 34)
—Jesus has already died, been resurrected, and returned to Heaven. If He has already done all that for us, does it seem reasonable that He would turn around and condemn us? He’s interceding for us. He’s our advocate. Words of condemnation for His followers will never pass His lips.
—That’s why Paul could say in Romans 8:1, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
CONCLUSION: “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.” (vs 38-39)
Whenever you are tempted to question God’s love for you, take some time to reflect on the CROSS. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: WHILE WE WERE STILL SINNERS, Christ died for us.” God didn’t wait for you or me to “clean up our act” before Jesus sacrificed His life for us. Millenia before either of us were born and had sinned, Jesus fully paid the price for all our sins. Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)