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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Romans 8:38-39 - Great Confidence in Jesus

Paul gives another list of existing and potential enemies: ‘For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ His list here covers what we can call the full scope of the universe, whether of time or of space, whether of the personal or impersonal powers found within it.

Paul is aware of some of the enemies such as death and evil angels, but he is also ignorant of what may arise in the future. But he does not need to know what those other forces might be. Instead all that he needs to give confidence facing both known and unknown dangers is the divine commitment to his people that is found in the love of Jesus.

The apostle refers to the love of Jesus twice in this set of verses. In verse 37, he does from the perspective of the past; and in verse 39 he looks at it from the future. His love in the past showed itself at the Cross when he paid the penalty for our sins; and his love in the future will show itself when he ensures that all opposition will be defeated and he will take all his people, via resurrection and transformation, into the glory of the new heavens and new earth.

Paul tells his readers that he is certain about the security of the people of God. It shows his estimation of the ability of Jesus, of the affection of Jesus and of the aims of Jesus. We should think about them as well today.

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