Notice the evidence that God, the Father, is for us.
- God “loved us” (Romans 8:37).
- This “love of God...is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39).
- God sent His own Son (Romans 8:3), not sparing Him, but delivering Him up for us (Romans 8:32).
- God also uses sufferings and hurtings to help us on the way to glorification (Romans 8:17-18).
- Then, God uses hope to help us on the way to salvation (Romans 8:24-25).
- God uses His Holy Spirit to help us in our prayers (Romans 8:26-27).
- God purposes our good, if we love Him and are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
- God uses His foreknowledge for our good (Romans 8:29).
- God uses predestination for our good (Romans 8:29-30).
- God calls us for our good (Romans 8:30).
- God justifies us for our good (Romans 8:30).
- God will glorify us for our good (Romans 8:30).
In view of these dozen things evidencing that God is for us, when Paul asks “who can be against us?” the answer is “not God the Father.”
Could or would Jesus Christ be against us, if God the Father is for us? No!
- Jesus Christ also loves us as does God the Father (Romans 8:35, 37, 39).
- Christ died for us (Romans 8:34).
- Christ was raised for us (Romans 8:34).
- Christ is now at God’s right hand for us (Romans 8:34).
- Christ is now making intercession for us (Romans 8:34).
- To those who are in Christ Jesus there is therefore now no condemnation (Romans 8:1)
Could or would God’s Holy Spirit be against us? No!
- God’s Holy Spirit has given us His governing factor, which is the law of the Spirit, and which can make us free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).
- God’s Holy Spirit leads us as sons of God by that law (Romans 8:14).
- God’s Holy Spirit, through that law, can make us spiritual minded (Romans 8:5-6).
- God’s Holy Spirit can also cause us to walk, not after the flesh, but after the Spirit (Romans 8:4).
- God’s Holy Spirit dwells in us as children of God giving life (Romans 8:9-11).
- God’s Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God and heirs of God (Romans 8:16-17).
- God’s Holy Spirit helps us in our prayers (Romans 8:26-27).
God the Father will not be against us. God the Son will not be against us. God the Holy Spirit will not be against us.
Could or would God’s holy angels be against us? Not according Jesus, who said, “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth” (Luke 15: 10).
It is emphatically encouraging to know that God the Father is for us, that Jesus Christ is for us, that the Holy Spirit is for us, that God’s holy angels are for us, and that none of these can or will be against us if and as long as we love God by keeping His commandments.
“We love him because he first loved us” (I John 4:19). Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15), and “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him” (John 14:21). John said:
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous (I John 5:2-3).
David B. Watson
“Nothing Separates Us From The Love Of God; Romans 8:31-39.” Encouraging Statements Of The Bible. Michael Hatcher, Editor. Bellview Church of Christ : Pensacola, FL. 2001. Pages 219-220.