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. ��Z^Ǎ���g���Ko�'t\zC=Sq�L'��d���� Our obedience to Christ reflects our love for Him. Some argue that angels here must refer to fallen angels, since the holy angels would never try to separate us from God’s love. Rather, he was writing to those who were suffering hardship, persecution, and even martyrdom because of their commitment to Christ and the gospel. Love causes me to protect my family from every possible hurt or danger. 6:10-11)! That’s because of what Christ Jesus our Lord has done. �����w�s���n�HT�چ�Kk]䍿����W�=��ϸ�-鑉�C�w��"�~L��@����%�n�~d))�~�x;X�p��^\z�>�Rˁk ��F����~T)��"�}'�Z/�L��&����T�bl"t��YkS�^��6Nt��do����$C����zBb��~��b�(֓��$x5����2ϐOjq25�ߑ�N=cEFv����8�v�� [����戡��a�Ś��܀��D�{^�`Vlt�ȕzU}�*��:��J���4��n��w����퀀���`���u�T_? ~ Devotionals Daily Martyn Lloyd-Jones (The Unsearchable Riches of Christ [Baker], p. 219) wrote, “Indeed, our chief defect as Christians is that we fail to realize Christ’s love to us.” He added (p. 223), “How important it is that we should meditate upon this love and contemplate it! 2:20). Printed lyrics to love songs. Finally. (Read full chapter Paul is citing extreme contrasts to show that absolutely nothing can separate us from God’s love. Those who teach that if you have enough faith God will heal all your diseases and give you a pile of money to live in luxury are false teachers. Why am I ever distrustful, fearful, or depressed? K��m�D;ͺ��R�l{v�y�j7��ۮ�!�� q��ꪼmP��V>��5�>�+8B`������ ��g-/������=��Q��� �i��6��]|#k�;x0���@����q^n&���u�vu^� N�]������/edm��� Life cannot permanently separate us from God’s love. God’s people have experienced it down through the centuries. 4:10). Paul may use the personal pronoun, who, to parallel his earlier questions (8:31b, 33, 34). Romans 8:38-39 can be one of the most encouraging verses in Scripture. We may yet see the same here. 5:8). Our sinful-selves put up barriers to believing that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus. 38 I am absolutely sure that not even death or life can separate us from God’s love. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” Paul used it when he taught new believers (Acts 14:22), “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”. Paul lived his life like he believed that, too. It’s not clear why Paul felt the need to add it, since he’s already mentioned angels and principalities, or why he put it by itself at the end of the verse, when he groups everything else in pairs. So in our text, he is saying … Bottom Line: NOTHING can separate us from the love of God. endobj No bad circumstance now or in the future can separate us from God’s great love. You may think, “But I was serving the Lord! ���*VX�;.��gg�|V8D�qYA���j�׳=�����Z{`S����-'!���+5�]�N�8#�3�m�2��;3짨/tV6�5��o�z�|�|�)����;��~��t��.�T96[��.ϲ�]7.,�����]k����[�E������w�`'Φa95��1ﺙ�sg]��ڠG�5=���IDh���?�M��Uw�@�W��� ��%�p��c\ÿ;���v� �G��Ô��&C��mDa�Ķ'��e|mF%�����o�Q���s��&a���� �Տ��Ht= 1�E��|v�(��΢q���e0*�b�y��%�&�2+@�����v�C �#�B���������T�E��k�h+D�E�=.��e��k�����̸�V����^�AT'a����ɖ8�F�}�����9 �,iHT�o�Yp}�*�5ʧ #�k� As Satan did with Job, he uses terrible trials to try to get us to doubt God’s love. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1976 in Bible exposition) and Califo... More, “I am not so much afraid of dying as I am of si, ning; that is ten times worse than death.” But as God’s children, if we fall into sin or worldliness, His love will discipline and restore us. He will discipline us as a loving Father (Heb. Worksheet with Romans 8:35 – child writes name on blank then draws self-portrait at bottom. Then he adds (italics his), “Let a preacher be continually saying, ‘God loves you, Christ loves you,’ and he and his congregation will by and by be losing sight both of their sinnerhood and of the substitutionary atonement of the cross, where the love of God and of Christ was once for all and supremely set forth,—and in righteous display!”. Characters), The Net Pastor’s Journal, Eng Ed, Issue 37, Fall 2020. Four thoughts: As we’ve seen, in the context Paul roots our salvation in God’s loving choice of us according to His plan before He made the world (see also, Eph. ~ Devotionals Daily So in our text, he is saying that there are no spiritual powers, good or bad, that could possibly separate us from God’s love. God has so much to teach us. God will work it together for good for His saints, and so it cannot separate us from His love.”. And today in verse 35: No one and nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. When The Sun Finally Rises: Wrestling With The Past (Gen. 32:22-32), 2. 11:33-39). Verse 32: God will supply everything we need — even when all seems lost. So we need to understand and apply Paul’s words about how God’s love enables us to be more than conquerors through every trial that we face for His sake. Read Romans 8:38-39 and explain that nothing can separate us from the love of God. 1:4-5). Then it has conquered me.” He adds (p. 207), 3. OPENING GAME – LOVE, DON’T LAUGH Romans 8:38-39 can be one of the most encouraging verses in Scripture. Both John and Paul are clear that God’s love for us as sinners is at the root of why He sent Christ to die for us: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son….” (John 3:16). Christ is our guide who never slips and the rope that ties us securely to Him is His great love for us, as seen in the cross. &�`��E[S;%$����`���jXN_�*�W�۵r�[ �d#@P�>CSG�G�9}�z��� |&��FK ?��ה�aw���q���~��k�V�C����)���I9�j��J���J5Ik�1*���|����_;;7[,��V�X�5.��1n��@d��^Դ�\y � B�m8\�5a�F��_ |r��ܙآF �H�@�1oj~\sWS�5x���a��AN�L:D�~����v��W�5}����C)]�Ñ����o�9�Q���m�ѵ� Has the world loosened my grasp upon Him? In some countries, if you’re a Christian you can’t get a job to provide for your family’s basic needs. In this lab, John Piper reveals the love of God for us, and calls us all to love one another in response to this great love. We’d love to hear from you about trusting Jesus through painful circumstances. x��=�n7���g^�A�n^�,ǹ���8�y�-��đ4�o}Z��0 �s�,�Uź�}������ϯv�|r�������'����ί���ǽ'�/^���������g���>{�;zr�ν��ΌL�z����;l7�l'��'��f\��{���;������͇C6L��l84��6<9�|�"~��⾺'�up�~8wM��mw���94|�/��G��|5r����F���'�{瑝��oM��ihC'���i���!7�����r�I�:��l��+uߢ���b��~V�o�-��h\ۂs�=4PK�@�4cR�hf�\N��r��Qf���I0��F1i�w����U���vuw��ș�=y������A����؟����[��܇�.��1�5>y�G��[`d�����i��ΣR� b�$���i�lw���q�/��������)T����Ș�N`v>�;���'8!|�C�}�G���C[�Ԙ�������-1f�Я��ĨQ�9�G��q$x��=����oiܧr8���y�K�O�����-$��iT�������&��:g4�v��۬�2��|�Qtd�a�_��ۭb����=���nw�{��y��g�)��rǬ ��K5͕�R$��|tq��P8Uu��H�~�N[���=� Re-read the Bible verses above and be encouraged that Jesus is your Rock of refuge! In Knowing God (p. 115), Dr. Packer applies his chapter, “The Love of God,” by asking some convicting questions: Why do I ever grumble and show discontent and resentment at the circumstances in which God has placed me? We can’t earn or deserve His love. James Boice (Romans: The Reign of Grace [Baker], 2:983) uses the analogy of a mountain climber, tied to his guide with a rope. At first glance it would seem impossible that the egg always falls into the water but once you have watched the video, suddenly the impossible becomes a reality. 8:23; 1 Cor. 2 0 obj Nothing can separate me from God’s love!” We may think that on days when everything is going well but when trouble or hardship comes our way we often find ourselves wondering where is God and even doubting His presence. The world we live in is constantly throwing things at us in an attempt to separate us from Him. His words here serve as a mini-biography, in that he had already suffered all of these trials (2 Cor. As if his list in 8:35 were not enough, Paul adds a series of contrasts to reinforce his conviction that absolutely nothing can separate us from God’s love (8:38-39): “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” As J. I. Packer points out (Knowing God [IVP], pp.