Nothing shall separate us from the love of God
Romans 8:1, 26-39
For those who are “in Christ Jesus,” this chapter is thrilling and encouraging. There is “no condemnation.” “All things work together for good.” “Who can be against us?” “We are more than conquerors.” The last paragraph (verses 38-39) is a beautiful, powerful, and poetic statement that nothing shall be able to separate those who are in Christ Jesus from the love of God. Charles Wesley put this chapter to song: “No condemnation now I dread, . . . Amazing Love! how can it be That Thou my God, shouldst die for me!”
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit . . . .
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written,
For thy sake we are killed all the day long;
we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.