The Love of Christ
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
To separate means to: disconnect, detach, breakup, split, parting (of the ways), estrangement, rift, rupture, breach, divide. Paul affirms Christ’s love for us by posing this question; Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? The fear of separation from God is not possible to those who are Christ’s. If we are truly born again by the Spirit of God, we can know and experience the boundless, unwavering love of Christ. What security this brings to the believer. There is no need to ever fear the past, the present or the future––– we are secure, safe and protected, in the love of Christ.
God, sparing nothing, freely gave up His Son on the cross, sacrificing His best for us. It is foolish for us to worry and fret about life, when God assures us that He gives us freely all things. If God takes care of the birds of the air and the lilies of the field, will He not love and care for us, His own? If when we were sinners, God gave us His best, now that we are His children, will He not give to us all that we need? Not only does He give to us what we need, but He justifies us and declares us righteous in Christ–––which never changes. Jesus paid it all, once and for all, which makes us, secure in Him. Oh! What love!
Scripture reveals to us our hope in the resurrected Christ, who sits at the right hand of God in great power and honor–––ever interceding for us. We are not only saved by His death, but we are saved by His life. Romans 5:9-10, Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. Not only do we have the Savior who died for us interceding in heaven for us, we also have the Holy Spirit of God as our Advocate. Romans 8:26-27 says; “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
God assures us that the hard things in life are working for us and not against us. He encourages us that we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. God allows the trials of life to come so that He may use them for our good and His glory. He will never desert us, for He is closest to us when we go through the most difficult times of our life. We, my friend, are victorious in Christ. We need not fear what my come into our lives because–––He gives the victory with no conditions attached.
Thought: If God be for us, who can be against us? There is no need for us, the believer, to be defeated, discouraged or depressed. God is concerned with the trials we face but we do not have to give way to frustration or despair knowing of His great love for us. All this suffering will one day be gone and we will be with Christ in glory. The best is yet to come! What hope we have in Him who will one day appear in the clouds, to take us home to heaven. This should cause our hearts to rejoice, knowing; victory is ours through Christ, who loved us enough, to die in our place. Oh, what love and what a Savior!