“Wrestling With Romans”
GOD – IS – FOR – YOU (Chapter 8 Verses 28-39)
So how do ‘we’ respond to all this (v31)? How does it apply to us? In all this concentration of magnificent Christian theology that Paul has taken us through, Paul has reached a climactic point (v30), but even now in his application of it he is still soaring in his expression of it (v31). With regard to what has gone before, whatever the Christian may have to face, he or she can’t call their lot a sad one, these things must banish forever all complaining and doubting. I mean ‘if’ God is for us? And hasn’t Paul beyond all shadow of doubt proved to us that God is indeed for us. Now ‘if’ that’s the case, what are we going to say, how do we respond to it? It’s not that there’s nothing against us, we have a whole lot of things against us, the world, the flesh, and of course the devil, and a thousand other things in between. But even so, with God on your side, even all that opposition slides into insignificance. Think about it, one word at a time? God – is – for – you. God! The one who made the heavens and the earth, the Almighty, He, is for you. Is! He ‘is’. Not might be, not tomorrow, but ‘today’ he ‘is’ for you. For! God is ‘for’ you, that means he’s on your team, you can’t lose with God on your side. You! ‘You’ are the apple of his eye (Zechariah 2.8), he has a tattoo, and guess whose name is on it (Isaiah 49.16)?
With all that has gone before this verse how can we possibly question God’s love for us? All three Persons of the divine Trinity. The Father, who foreknew us in love from the beginning (2Thessalonians 2.13), God the Son who chose to come into the world in order to perform the rescue operation at great cost to himself (Ephesians 5.2), and God the Holy Spirit who powerfully captivated our hearts with his wise and loving counsel (John 16.13-15). Now that surely is security. There surely is stability for our emotions. There surely is grounds for a proper balance of self-worth, self esteem, if you are loved, respected, valued by God, then how oughtn’t you in a right and wholesome sense, value yourself, the life God has given you? O yes we are sinners, no question, the Bible teaches total depravity (Romans 3.9-18). But it also teaches us we were made in God’s glorious image (Genesis 1.26), it also teaches us about the lengths God was prepared to go in order to rescue us (v32). That means you are valued by God, so therefore ought to be valued by you yourself, within a God-centred relationship with him. That is what you were made for, and to enjoy – eternal life (John 17.3).
(© James R Hamilton, written September, 1997)