Chapter 6

Can anything separate us from the love of God?

No, nothing can change God’s love for us. We are fickle, and we’re surrounded by fickle people. Today’s promises are broken tomorrow. Songs remain on the charts for a few weeks. Fashions change seemingly overnight. A sports figure may be a hero one day and a scapegoat the next. Only God remains the same. Paul gloried in that fact and it gave him unbounded confidence that we never to fear God’s love coming to an end. God loves us so much he didn’t spare the life of his own Son on our behalf. Then he declared that absolutely nothing in this universe is greater than God’s love for us.

Nothing is greater than the sacrifice of God’s Son.

What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us (8:31–34).

God is for us! His demonstration of love in the past is proof of what he will do in the future. He who has given us his “unspeakable gift” will certainly not withhold lesser gifts. If God has acquitted us, how can any lesser being condemn us? If the Son of God died for us, broke death’s power by resurrection, and is now at God’s right hand making intercession for us, will God pay any attention to the charges brought by any other being—angel or devil? Impossible!

Nothing is greater than God’s love 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 (8:35–39 NIV).

What a triumphant conclusion! What an answer to life’s greatest questions! Troubles from natural and supernatural opposing forces may assail us. But nothing in the entire universe can defeat us. We are indeed free in the Spirit!