Many Christians will accept that nothing outside of ourselves can separate us from God’s love, but they live with the constant fear that they might jump out of the Lord’s saving hand. The good the bad and the ugly. Isaiah 50:8–9 (ESV). Video Sermon - Nothing Can Separate Us From The Love of God, a message preached by Elder James Isaacs, October 23rd 1999. www.primitivebaptist.net There is no answer…there is no one to condemn God’s people. His very presence at the Father’s right hand is also proof that His work is finished. No one can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ including ourselves. Because it is unearned and undeserved, the only real response is praise directed toward God. So, what Paul is getting at is that if God would give us His absolute most precious possession why would we ever doubt that He would withhold other less costly gifts. For no-one and nothing can harm the people of God whom God has foreknown, predestined, called, justified, and glorified.[1]. But we are a part of creation, and if nothing in creation can separate us from God’s love, then we cannot separate ourselves from His love. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; 26 on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; 27 in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. He is at the right hand of God and is therefore ruling for us. Notice how closely Paul’s words here echo Isaiah… 2However, I have found a few people who thought that the expression in verse 39, “nor any other created thing,” presented an exception. And the great display of God's love is the cross. Beloved, there is nothing that can touch our souls…nothing, everything that happens in this world whether good things or trials will only make us more like Jesus. 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 5:21). 1:4; cf. Any other power cannot! Justification is a divine judicial edict. Come join the conversation on our blog! But that’s not what he says is it? No, but they can make us feel as if God doesn’t love us. In this lab, John Piper reveals the love of God for us, and calls us all to love one another in response to this great love. Nothing — however dark or hard — can separate us from him. Once I was stoned. The Apostle asks his fifth question, 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Who is to condemn? 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ. They can confuse us into thinking we have been rejected. Like the Apostle I too am convinced that nothing can separate me from the love of God. God is for us. Justification is by faith and not works. 24 Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. [3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1991). We cannot loose our salvation. Romans (pp. “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”. In verse 34 it says plainly, “Christ Jesus is the one who died – more than that, who was raised – who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” The reason Paul can say that nothing will separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus is because Christ is alive and is still loving us now. BUT…none of these can compare to God. And he is interceding for us, which means he is seeing to it that his finished work of redemption does in fact save us hour by hour and bring us safe to eternal joy. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor 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. Romans (p. 505). We may even try through guilt or whatever to try and condemn ourselves that doesn’t work either. The cross is the guarantee of the continuing, unfailing generosity of God. But there is no answer. It comes to us as a free gift of God based on the faith that He also gives us. Life can’t do it. In giving us His Son, He gave us everything. It wants to keep us from serving Christ fully. Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. 03/09/2014. Nothing in your past, your present, or your future can separate you from God’s love. He is at the right hand of God and is therefore ruling for us. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross not only is the foundation of our salvation but also of our security. Proposition: Nothing can separate you from God's love. Paul knew that regardless of circumstances and his own performance, that nothing could separate him from the love of God. Church Video Illustration: Nothing Can Separate us From the Love of God. Now you see how comprehensive and universal is Paul’s disavowal of the possibility of some secret force one day erupting into our lives resulting in the love of Christ being torn away from us. The great display of God's power is the resurrection. Because it is unearned and undeserved, the only real response is praise directed toward God. We learned that all of creation is groaning in affliction eagerly waiting the glorification of God’s children, the church groans while it is waiting, Holy Spirit groans as He continually comes to our aid in prayer. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 2) Life This could mean that all of life, its ups and downs, the sufferings both physical and emotional can separate us. Rob Bell, former pastor of the Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, put out a series of discussion starter videos several years ago. However, God's love never ends. We know that all things work for our good (Romans 8:28). Behold, all of them will wear out like a garment; Why is condemnation for God’s elect an impossibility? 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Or how can we be sure God will meet our needs? If God is for us, who can be against us? Chicago: Moody Press. The truth is, we need many things, some of which are very costly and vital to our survival and our spiritual growth. Afflictions, Sufferings, Trials we learned only cause God’s people to be more like Jesus and God’s love is seen through these. July 26, 2020 For I am convinced, Paul writes to the first century followers of Jesus, For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. He’s like the grizzly bear caring for her cubs. On the anvil of my experience of God’s love and God’s providence I have come to this total conviction that nothing shall separate us from the love of Christ. Angels cannot! I received Jesus as my Lord and Saviour from an early age. Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of God-Romans 8:35-39 Bethel Reformed Church Exeter. All the powers of hell and the world could come against us but they will never prevail because God is for us in Jesus Christ. Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? Paul says, “Nothing can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Stop “what if”-ing, and rest in this assurance: We are more than conquerors through him who loved us. [2] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1991). It describes what God declares about the believer, not what He does to change the believer. What else can seperate us? Let’s really think about what Paul has told us in Romans? In its theological sense, justification is a forensic, or purely legal, term. Even danger or martyrdom can’t do it. Why doesn’t it matter? Nothing that life throws our way can separate us from Him. We learned in Romans that now as believers there is a war between our spirit and our flesh. That’s what he means when he begins verse 31 with…31 What then shall we say to these things? That is the point of Romans 8:35, “Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.” God is calling us to new depths of love for each other and for those outside. by Pastor Sarah | Jul 26, 2020 | Pastor Sarah, Sermon. Text: Romans 8:18-28, 34-37 "I heard about a frustrated mother whose two sons where driving her crazy. Because Jesus died to pay for all the sin that could condemn us there is nothing left for our accusers to use against us. Listen struggling Christian God is for you. In fact, all human relationships end with death or failure. There could never be a costlier gift than the death of Jesus for us. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. You might argue that it was easy for Paul to talk that way. The love of God is unconditional and unending love. ~ Devotionals Daily No one can take it from us. Because the Son loved us so much while we were still under condemnation, He “gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us out of this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father” (Gal. Can you see Paul asking this fifth question and then looking around to see if there is anything that can successfully separate us from God’s love. Ephesians 1:3–9 (ESV) 31 What then shall we say to these things? Here’s Paul’s experience of most all of these examples and He concluded that even in these very serious times of suffering that when he had nothing else, he still had the love of God. God is on our side. Forensic decrees like this are fairly common in everyday life. If you are in Christ you are on the same side God is on. 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—. It wants to hinder us and get us off track in order to follow its lusts. Not one single thing! In fact, justification effects no actual change whatsoever in the sinner’s nature or character. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Truth Taught- Because of the work of Christ we are forever God’s children and forever loved by Him no matter what. Is there anyone stronger than God, the Creator of everything and everyone who exists?[2]. The devil and his army of demons are very much our adversaries they hate us because we are made in God’s image and because we are redeemed. Romans 8:38 For I know that nothing can keep us from the love of God. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. For I am certain that nothing can separate us from his love: neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or powers, neither the present nor the future, Holman Christian Standard Bible For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers, No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Because it is a gracious gift, God will never remove salvation from us. 502–503). Perfect for lectionary! But can the demons separate us from the love of God? It is God who justifies. There are three powers fighting against us. He doesn’t want us to wonder or doubt; He wants us to know and be convinced of this truth. Nothing Can Separate us From God’s Love. 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? Death can’t do it. Posted on July 15, 2018 God continually forgives because God so loves. Next he proves that the death of Christ was eternally effectual for all God’s people because to prove it God raises Christ from the grave. Pastor Harrison Bolton of Greater New Hope C.O.G.I.C., located in Chicago Heights, IL, preaches a sermon called "Who Shall Separate Us From The Love Of God." Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. a. Mortality is not a problem for God's love. "I took my son to our priest," reported her friend, "and he got him straightened out for good." Are there ways in which you’re living in fear of being separated from God’s love? As long as His love is in us and His works are done by us we shall not be separated. And that is all they can do. Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of God: 12/30/2012 (SUN) | Bible: Romans 8:37-39. But will you? Now the Apostle gloriously throws these five questions out and , as it were, dares anyone to object. The world, this sinful system is fighting against us. Because God is for us, no one can successfully be against us, Because God gave us Christ He will also give us everything we need, Because God justified us there is no one who can successfully accuse us, Because Jesus is Crucified, Risen and Interceding for us there is left no one who can condemn us, Because God forever loves us we are more than conquerors. God stopped him in his tracks on the road to Damascus, where he was going to arrest Christians, and God called him to … Our enemies might try. But remember nothing but our own self can separate us from God’s love. In fact God created each of them. https://gccwaverly.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/sermon-7-15-18.mp3, Disciple Hour: Chapter 2- Christ’s Glory as God’s Representative, Sermon: True Israel and God’s Purpose of Election Romans 9:1-13. He is a Warrior King who comes to our aid. We cannot be plucked up or blown over. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Read full chapter So, he takes us to the cross. Why do we ever think its any other way? God wants you to become a Christian and remain faithful. Once we are born-again sons of God, it’s up to us to become persuaded in our own minds to believe God… So, according to Paul then there is no place for disagreement. A member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Metropolitan Synod - God's Work Our Hands. What he’s telling us is that the very God we are asking the question will He meet our needs is the same God who has given Christ to die on our behalf. Since we did nothing to earn it we cant do anything to loose it. For I am convinced, Paul writes to the first century followers of Jesus, For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. 1 Bob wilkin is the Executive Director of Grace Evangelical Society. The flesh is fighting us. In Romans 8:38-39, Paul says,. For God so loves, for His name sake. Since God has declared us righteous in Christ no accusation will stick to us. And the foundation of our life is firmly supported by the rock of Christ’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Here is the amazing truth, some accusations may even be true, but it does not matter. The reason Paul can say that nothing will separate us from the love of Christ is because Christ is alive and is still loving us now. Because it is God, the Judge, who justifies. Neither can angels, governments, or powers. 20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. The only Judge who can declare the verdict has already declared us just and righteous. God delivers and rescues. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. He has the power to love us for eternity and will love us for all eternity. the love of God – who he is. Sermon – Dreamers: Mary, “The Lord Is With You” – Pastor Paisley Le Roy, Sermon – Dreamers: Finding Joy – Pastor Sarah Rohde. The word if translates the Greek conditional particle ei, signifying a fulfilled condition, not a mere possibility the meaning of the first clause is therefore “Because God is for us.”, The obvious implication is that if anyone were able to rob us of salvation they would have to be greater than God Himself, because He is both the giver and the sustainer of salvation. When we discover all God has done to seal our eternal destiny we too can praise Him of salvation and for glorification. V. There is nothing that can separate us from the love of Christ but ourselves! 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. . How do these truths make you better fit to courageously serve Christ against all types of opposition? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written. 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. I am a better one—I am talking like a madman—with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. Sermon - Romans 8:26-39 – Nothing Can Separate Us from God's Love Pitts Creek and Beaver Dam Churches July 24, 2011 So far in the eighth chapter of the Book of Romans, we have been listening to the Apostle Paul tell us that we are not good enough. Father!”. Some have called this grand culmination of Chapter 8 the Hymn of thanksgiving or the hymn of assurance. by Brian Evans, Nothing Can Separate Us From the Love of God. Here is the point of the entire Bible really…God is for us. To Christians Paul is asking, in effect, “Who could conceivably take away our no-condemnation status?” (see 8:1). Who Can Lay A Charge Against God's Elect v. 33-34 Justification is an act of God's free grace unto sinners effectually called to Jesus Christ, wherein he pardons all their sins and accepts them as righteous in his sight, only for the righteousness of Christ, imputed to them and received by faith alone. Since God gave us the greatest gift; since He met our greatest need with His greatest gift then why would we ever doubt that He would withhold a lesser gift for a lesser need. ID. They suggest that while no one or nothing can at any time separate us from God’s love, we can choose to separate ourselves from His love. Chicago: Moody Press. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. So I encourage you to claim this promise from God today…and commit Romans 8:38-39 to memory. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 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. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! I. In fact, justification effects no actual change whatsoever in the sinner’s nature or character. A. NOTHING CAN SEPARATE US FROM GOD’S LOVE. Now Paul sets us down, as it were, in the courtroom of God. This is one of Paul’s greater to least arguments. Here’s another important purpose of God. 3:13).[3]. Satan is called the accuser of the brethren and he may accuse us of various things but the accusations do not matter because Christ’s death has paid for our sin and the One who is responsible to render our verdict has already justified us. Life cannot! 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. He always loves people. Office : (630) 584-6027 Fax: (630) 584-2674, Serving our community since 1882. God is our heavenly Father who will lavish great gifts on His children. Again the accuser of the brethren, the devil (the accuser) tries. I’m very glad Paul did not simply say, who can be against us. 23 Are they servants of Christ? In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. Paul begins with an all-encompassing rhetorical question, If God is for us, who is against us? 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? God loves you when you are alive or dead. Romans 8 lands on the note of God’s unstoppable, unshakeable love for us in Christ. The apostle was absolutely convinced that nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons. 36 As it is written. Hard things now or in the future cannot! We could imagine that there would be enemies trying to accuse us of some sin or even trying to convince God that we are guilty of some crime that would make our salvation null and void. It changes our status only, but it carries ramifications that guarantee other changes will follow. And he is interceding for us, which means he is seeing to it that his finished work of redemption does in fact save us hour by hour and bring us safe to eternal joy. Leaders cannot! Who are those who would try to condemn us? Colossians 2:14-15 tells us that when Christ died he defeated Satan and all his evil minions. The world and its fallen system is against us, the devil is against us etc. Romans 8:38-39 can be one of the most encouraging verses in Scripture. Because the Father loved us so much while we were still under condemnation, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. Share Romans 8:26-39 with your congregation with this dramatic reading set to a moving video montage. Sermon for the Internation Day of Prayer 2015. Nothing can take us from God’s sovereign hands we are forever His, no matter what. II. Pause for a moment and be reminded of the promises in Scripture that nothing can separate us from the love of God! Because God loves us we will never be separated from His love. He challenges anybody and everybody, in heaven, earth, or hell, to answer them and to deny truth, which they contain. Now, if that wasn’t enough, he thirdly takes us to the throne room of God where Jesus is currently interceding for us. Beloved even if we desired to condemn ourselves, even that wouldn’t work. When we rightly understand Chapter 8 we will then Like the Apostle Paul praise God for all He has done on our behalf. Death cannot! IV. God makes it clear in His Word that nothing can separate us from His love. The crucified, risen and interceding Jesus Christ is for us. Paul takes us to the cross then he takes us to the empty tomb to prove that full payment has been made for us. But those attacks are within our own minds. Copyright 2020 Bethlehem Lutheran Church - St. Charles, IL. 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, [] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? It can also cause quite a bit of confusion and misconceptions about God and the afterlife. July 26, 2020 For I am convinced, Paul writes to the first century followers of Jesus, For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. 34 Who is to condemn? 28 And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. It changes our status only, but it carries ramifications that guarantee other changes will follow. 8 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Re-read the Bible verses above and be encouraged that Jesus is your Rock of refuge! III. She had tried everything to keep them in line, when one day she had an over-the-fence discussion with a neighbor. What Paul is telling us is that for a believer to ever be lost there would need to be someone mightier than God. The reason Paul can say that nothing will separate us from the love of Christ is because Christ is alive and is still loving us now. All of these things Paul teaches us prove that we are God’s children, we are eternally secure, and there is simply nothing that can ever change that. No one nor anything has the ability to condemn people that Christ died for. We’d love to hear from you about trusting Jesus through painful circumstances. 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Paul takes us to the cross again doesn’t he? 25 Three times I was beaten with rods. So, there can be no charge brought against God’s elect because they have already been declared righteous through faith. He is so sure that he even goes through an exhaustive list. Because it is a gracious gift, God will never remove salvation from us. No one can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ including ourselves. Again, aren’t you glad Paul didn’t just write will God not give us all things? If he would have just said that we could rightly conclude everywhere there are those against us. It wants us to conform to its image. Famine could not do it, lack of material goods even destitute of the very basic things would not have the power to separate us from God’s love. 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