Summary: One of the greatest words we have experienced since I have pastored at Crane Eater Community. We are about to go into a new building. (Phase 1)
I Love My Savior Romans 8: 35-39
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written: “ For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
What could move your faith away from trusting Jesus Christ? This list of experiences and persons that can’t separate the believer from God’s love in Christ was not just theory to Paul. It was rather personal testimony from ‘one’ who had personally survived assaults and emerged triumphant. So the question is, “Who or what, can separate you from the love of Christ? Notice, it’s not our love for Christ, but His love for us!
Hear, John 13:1 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.
His love isn’t wishy washy, His love for you isn’t based on your feelings, your emotional wellbeing, your actions, your appearance or even your thoughts, No! He loved you while you were a sinner. He’s in love with you!
I John 4:9-10 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Romans 8:35 ask every believer this question. Shall tribulation? A word used for pressure, not the normal pressure, but a squeezing.
II Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,
The word ‘light affliction’ in Greek means, a weightless trifle. Paul’s sufferings and persecutions were intense, but compared to God’s eternal weight of glory, the worst tribulation is weightless.
Shall distress, separate you from God’s love? Distress refers to being strictly confined in a narrow, difficult place or being helplessly hemmed in by one’s circumstances.
“It’s better to walk in the dark with God, than to walk alone in the light.”
Shall persecution, separate you from God’s love? This is suffering inflicted on you by men because of your relationship with Christ.
Verse 36, As it is written: “ For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
Paul quotes this verse from Psalm 44:22 just to say once again, if you feel as though you are being killed all day long, the love of Jesus is greater!