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Wednesday, 2 March 2016
Romans 8:38-39 - Great Confidence in Jesus
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.
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.
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.
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