Summary: The Bible says we have enemies in this world. It is the world, the flesh and the devil. We have enemies, but who’s afraid of the big, bad world? The Bible talks about how our flesh needs to stay crucified.
Today we finish this wonderful chapter I call the Himalayan Mountains of Biblical revelation. We have climbed to the pinnacle, the peak–Romans, 8:28–“For we know that God is working in all things for good to those who love him, those who are called according to his purpose.” We call that, “God’s Infallible Guarantee.” Last week we talked about “God’s Incredible Plan”. Those he foreknew, those He predestined to be conformed to the likeness, the icon of his Son; those he predestined he called; those he called, he justified and those he justified, he glorified. We’ve seen God’s Incredible Plan. Today we are going to talk about God’s Inescapable Love. Some time ago I saw a photograph in a magazine. It was one of those photographs where time stood still. It was of graduates of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, when, upon receiving their graduation, they stood and threw their caps into the air. This picture captured those caps, thousands of them, when they were at the height of their toss. You could see the caps suspended in the air and you could see the smiles on the faces of the graduates of the Naval Academy. I thought what a beautiful picture of enthusiasm and joy. If you could just grasp what God is trying to say to you here today about his love for you, you’d throw your cap in the air. You’d shout for joy! You might even do like David and dance before the Lord. It’s okay. When you understand how much God does love you.
Let’s read about it in Romans, chapter 8:31-39.
What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He, who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who it he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding 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.” [Psalm 44 (quickview) ]
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.”
Amen! Toss your hat into the air. There is nothing on earth that can separate you from the love of God. In this passage I have already called your attention to four questions. We’re going to answer those four questions today as we talk about God’s inescapable love.
QUESTION ONE: WHO CAN OPPOSE US?