WHO SHALL SEPARATE US ?
Rom. 8:33-35 Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Let’s face it, this world is full of trouble. We all deal with the fall out in our lives resulting from bad decisions. Smoking, substance abuse, even improper dietary practice, all of these things bring about health issues, sometimes very serious issues. Then there is the trouble that comes on us from other people’s bad decisions. Should I list them, unfaithful spouses, rebellious children, goofed up politicians, crooks, cheats, the list is endless. Then for the committed Christian, there is the backlash of living a godly life. Our life itself causes other people a problem and many lost people will do their best to make our lives miserable. That is actually what Paul was describing, the stuff that came at him was the direct result of his Christian life. What is the solution, Paul said it was the love of God. He said nothing cold seperate us from His love. John Gill spoke powerfully about the love of Christ in relation to this verse, listen to his powerful words.
“That Christ does love the elect of God, who are the persons here spoken of, is evident from his undertaking for them, espousing their persons, assuming their nature, dying in their room and stead, paying off their debts, and redeeming their persons, by going to prepare a place for them, by interceding for them, by supplying them with all grace, and using them in the most free and familiar manner; which love of his is wonderful, matchless, and inconceivable, special and peculiar, free and undeserved, exceeding affectionate, unchangeable, durable, and for ever. This is the bond of union to Christ; and the union which is made by it is exceeding near and close; it is real; perfect, and indissoluble, nothing can separate from it.”
What a powerful word! He embraced us as individuals, took on our nature, died in our place, He is praying for us, supplies us with overflowing grace, and uses us for His glory. What can compare to this love, and, as Paul said, “what can seperate us from this kind of love”? There is no trial too big, no pit too deep, no debt too large, no sickness too strong, no demon too fierce, no enemy too powerful. There is nothing that can seperate us from His love, nothing that can defeat His love, and nothing that can withstand His love.
So it really doesn’t matter what kind of pit you are in or how you got there. If it is from your own doing, His mercy is everlasting. If it was someone else’s stupidity, He has provided a way of escape, if it is outright persecution, rejoice. The Spirit of Christ and of Glory rests on you.