What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? (Rom. 8:31-32)
Paul tells us that Jesus’ death on the cross is God’s guarantee of love for us. That God would deliver Jesus to die as a sacrifice for sin is a demonstration of immense love. Because of it, we can be sure that God will pour out every blessing He has for us. But what are the “all things” that Paul says God will give us? Surely, “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ”? (Eph. 1:3)
Paul often addresses everyone who is “in Christ” (Rom. 8:1), people who have received spiritual adoption as God’s child (Rom. 8:15). For us, justification is part of a cascade of benefits listed in verses 28-30. Having predestined us as His children, He then called us, justified us, and glorified us. That glory is still unfolding; one day it will be revealed in fullness (vv. 18, 21). In the meantime, who can be against us? Who can bring a charge against us? (v. 33) Who can separate us from His love? (v. 35)
No accusation or condemnation against us can stick because Jesus death covered them all and He continues to intercede for us (Rom. 8:1, 33-34).
Nothing can separate us from God’s love; neither created being, nor challenging event (vv. 35, 39).
God’s blessings pour down on us to continue to form us into the glory of His children. Nothing can stop the flow. Such is the love of our Father, demonstrated by the sacrifice of One who is the “first-born among many brethren.” (v. 29)
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