Summary: What God did not do and what God did.
“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?” NASB
“He did not even spare His own Son, but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything?” HCSB
In all the Scriptures, whenever we read anything pertaining to redemption and man’s relationship with God, we find that it is always God doing the doing. People talk about and write articles and even books about man searching for God; seeking God; embarking on personal pilgrimages, as it were, to find God.
But that is not what the Bible says about man or about God. Any claim men make to searching for God is a false claim. Oh, they may be searching for something to fulfill them and to help to order their lives, but they are not really searching for the One true God who reveals Himself.
And that is just the point. It is always God, revealing Himself. When men ‘find’ God, it is because God has made the move. God has been the One who acted; who revealed something to them. Even as you read the Old Testament prophets you will see time and again, “The word of the Lord came” to the prophet. The prophet himself did not go out in search of it – the word of the Lord came to him and then he preached it.
Then we come to the New Testament and what is the first thing we see? Why, we see the angel coming from God to announce the birth of the long-awaited Messiah. We see the angel coming from God to the parents of John the Baptist, who will be the forerunner, then we see the Messiah coming to the Bethlehem manger – then to the Jordan to be baptized and begin His earthly ministry. It is always God doing the doing.
Men do not seek Him and if they get it in their head to look for a god to serve, or to serve them, they don’t even know where to begin, which is why they only find false gods.
Therefore it should come as no surprise to us when we read this great eighth chapter of Paul’s letter to the Romans, that the flesh is declared ‘weak’ that the Law is depicted as ineffective, and throughout all the rest all we find is God doing everything to save us, to justify us, to provide all our eternal need in Christ, and to preserve us to Himself forever.
So as we come to look at our text verse for today, let’s keep these thoughts before us and pay particular attention to the activity of God that benefits us beyond all measure and for eternity.
WHAT HE DID NOT DO
Now I’ve spent all this time telling you that it is always God taking the action; God making the move; God doing the work, but the first thing I have to do now is tell you about something God did not do.
I want you to notice what has come before our text verse. Paul teaches that God causes all things to work together for good for those who love Him, for those who are called according to His purpose. In fact, Paul says we know that. Do you?
If you are a Christian you are supposed to know that all that comes in or goes out of your life is God-caused and it is for your good and His glory. I can say with confidence that you’re supposed to know, because Paul says “And we know…” He says, ‘all things’, and that means we must not bemoan our lot as though we are subject to chance and the whims of fate. God causes all things to work together to accomplish His purpose in us, and according to verse 29 that purpose is to conform us to the image of His Son Jesus Christ. Paul says we know that. So if you didn’t, now you do.
Then Paul gives us this brief teaching on predestination when he touches on the eternality of God and His purpose by saying that the work is all past tense in God’s economy because He who is in all of eternity at once sees us not only as justified but also glorified.
And if it is such a finished work that God sees us already as such, says Paul, then He is not only all powerful, He is all for us. And if God is for us, who can be against us? It’s one of his rhetorical questions. There is none who can be against us and conquer, for He who is with us is above all and greater than all.