Since we are still in the midst of the pandemic, I’d like for us to think about a promise that God makes to all believers today. I also wrote this article because it shows us how God’s love is shown to those who are saved. Romans chapter 8 ends with something very precious that comes to all who have trusted Christ for their salvation. Before we get to those verses, let’s look at some other verses from this chapter that we can use to bolster our faith. Romans 8:31 tells us: “What shall we say to these things. If God is for us, who can be against us?” (NKJV) We are assured that God is for us. I’d much rather have God on my side that against me! If you have any doubts about this go to Exodus 14 and read the account of the Red Sea crossing of the Israelites. It is clear from this passage that God was on the side of the Israelites and not on the side of the Egyptians. Because God is for us, if we use the power of God that is within us, no one can stand against us. Next in Verse 33, the question is asked, “Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect?” (NKJV) Elect in this context simply means those that have trusted Christ for their salvation during this age of grace. The answer is found in Romans 8:1, “There is therefore no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus…” (NKJV). God will not condemn us for our sins because we are in Christ and have trusted Him for salvation from our sins. There is no other way, my friend, to be saved from condemnation, and God won’t do it to us because if He did, He would be condemning Christ. In Romans 8:38-39 there is a wonderful promise to us as believers. “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, not 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.” (NKJV) Paul gives us some examples of things that can’t tear us away from God or His love. Death can’t, so although it will be a new experience for us, as believers, to be absent from this body means that we will be present with the Lord (2 Cor. 5:8). Life will not separate us from Him. Our eternal life begins the moment we trust Him for salvation. Angels, principalities or powers will not separate us from Him. This includes Satan and his fallen angels, as well as any principality or power whether physical or spiritual. Even the things that we are going through right now will not be able to sever us from His love, and we don’t have to worry about the future either. God is already in the future, so we need not fear it. In essence, we can’t go anywhere that His love is not with us. It’s so high we can’t get over it, so low we can’t get under it and so wide we can’t get around it. What a wonderful place for the believer to be!
If you have any questions about how to be saved, or about what we believe, why not come and visit us on a Sunday morning, we’d love to see you! If you are looking for a church that preaches the Word of God, why not come and check us out? We would welcome the opportunity to get to know you; fellowship with you around God’s Word and answer any questions you might have.
Please contact the church via the email address found on our website to see if we are holding services. While we have been meeting during the pandemic (wearing masks and social distancing) we have cancelled some services due to this cold snap we are currently experiencing.
In His Saving and Abounding Grace,
Pastor Wes Barteck