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Day Five: “I Love You…for who could ever separate us?”

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Romans 8:31-39 (NIV)

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? 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?  Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.  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.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?  As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  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.”

“Paul emphasizes God’s love in 8:35,39, and Christ’s love in 8:37… Paul has already shown the great price God’s love for humanity cost him in Christ (5:5,8). Here the context involves God’s eternal purposes for his children; nothing can thwart these purposes, which are already as good as done (8:29-30; cf. 9:11, 15-18). God justifies (8:33), so he will glorify (8:30); nothing can condemn believers (8:33-34)… the rhetorical function of the present context is assurance in Christ… The present sufferings include deep poverty and persecution (8:35); for the latter point (which will be a critical matter for the Roman church within a few years) Paul in 8:36 cites Ps 44:22, from a psalm of complaint (as in Rom 15:3). Whereas believers are “reckoned” righteous in God’s sight (Rom 4:24), here they are “reckoned” as sheep for slaughter. Whereas the experience of such wholesale slaughter bespeaks utter defeat, Paul in 8:37 declares that believers “prevail completely,” experiencing utter victory. This is because even the harshest circumstances cannot dislodge believers from God’s love and the incomparably greater hope of glory that awaits them (8:18; hope made firm through affliction, 5:3-4). They are special to God; he is with them and has a purpose for them, working even their sufferings for eternal glory (8:28)… Paul’s climactic obstacle is “anything else created”-a reminder that if everything other than God is God’s creation (Rom 1:20, 25) and if God is for his people, nothing can be against them. Indeed, creation itself longs for and will celebrate the deliverance of God’s people (8:19-22).”  [Keener, Craig S. Romans (New Covenant Commentary Series). 2009]

Romans 8:31-39 is what God’s covenant love does…case closed!

Slowly read through the Message translation this time:

“So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us-who was raised to life for us!-is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:

They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.

None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing-nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable-absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.”

Rewind… “With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us-who was raised to life for us!-is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us.”

Today, let’s live in God’s covenant love reality, alive to Him, and in love with Him.  Let us love the Lord in the deep devotion we have through Christ, with the same fearless passion Christ had for us, and in the overwhelming gratitude of a people who fully recognize that, “The One who died for us - who was raised to life for us! - is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us.” Let’s pray and ask the Lord, to fill us again with love for God today, and let’s ask that we will overflow with His love for one another.

Day Four: “I Love You…with a heart filled of love!”

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Day Three: “I Love You…and trust You!”

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Day Two: “I Love You…and believe You!”

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Day One: “I Love You…as strong as death!”

Monday, January 12th, 2015