21. The Love of God in Christ Jesus

Romans 8:38-39

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.

What does “anything else in all creation” include? It includes everything that exists except God since God created all these other things. Thus, if God is for us and if God controls everything else since he made it, then absolutely nothing anywhere will be able to separate us from his love for us in Christ Jesus.

In verse 38, Paul uses the word, sure or convinced. This is Paul’s personal testimony, but it is a testimony based on the soundest evidence, evidence that persuaded Paul and should persuade us also. What are the grounds for this persuasion? Paul’s conviction is not based on the intensity of his feelings or a belief that the harsh circumstances of life are bound to improve or that any of these separating factors will somehow be dissolved or go away. Rather, it is based on the greatness of God’s love for us in Christ, and that awesome love has been made known in that God sent his Son to die in our place.

There is nothing in all the universe greater or more steadfast than that love. Therefore, nothing in all the universe can separate us from it: not death, not life, not angels, not demons, not the present, not the future, not any power, not height, not depth, not anything else in all creation.

I do not know of anything greater than that. So I ask of you, Is this your testimony? Have you been persuaded of these truths, as Paul was? Can you say, “I no longer have any doubts. I know that salvation is entirely of God and that he will keep me safe until the very end”? If you are not certain of these truths, it is because you are still looking at yourself or something else that you deem great.

As far as I am concerned, I am persuaded, and I am glad I am. There is nothing in all of heaven and earth to compare to this assurance. This security rests entirely on God’s promise made certain by Christ’s redeeming work.

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