For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 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. —Romans 8:38–39 (ESV)
In the second half of Romans 8, the Apostle Paul asks a number of rhetorical questions—questions to which the answer is implied:
- If God is for us, who is against us? Answer: No one! (At least, no one who can ‘overcome’ us!).
- Will God who did not spare His own Son not freely give us all things? Answer: Yes, God will give us all that we need.
- Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen? Answer: no one—God has justified us!
- Who is the one who condemns? Answer: No one can justly condemn us who God has justified and for whom Christ has died!
- Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Answer: No one and nothing!
Today’s text, then, comes in conclusion to this section of Romans. In it, Paul says he is sure—absolutely convinced—that nothing, including death, life, angels, rulers, things present, things future, height, depth, anything in all creation, will separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord! (It’s okay to say aloud, Amen!)
Perhaps you or someone else in your life needs this reminder at this moment in time: God loves you and has shown it in no uncertain terms: He did not spare His own Son. Jesus died for you. God makes you right with Him based on your faith in His Son’s death for you. No one can bring a charge against you when you become a Christian, when you are ‘in Christ’. Your past, your mistakes, your sin, is taken care of. Read back through those questions and answers. Which one jumps out to you? Be encouraged: nothing can separate you from the love of God.