“Wrestling With Romans”
God’s Abundant Supplies (Chapter 8 Verses 28-39)
The things God has already accomplished guarantees what God will yet do in the future (v32). The thought, that God after having commenced this work at such a cost, should balk at giving what’s necessary to finish it, as being preposterous. What Abraham was ‘prepared’ to do with his own son, but didn’t actually have to do (Genesis 22.16), God actually did with his own Son (v32). Can you imagine giving one of your own children up to die, an ordinary death, let alone the cross of Calvary, for someone who was nice, good-living and kind, let alone someone who was despicable, violent and deceitful (Romans 5.6-8)? And if that despicable person, were, in ingratitude to what you had given for them, simply, and totally disregarded your action? Would you wait in patience and silence for those people to change their minds? Hoping, wishing, longing that they would (Matthew 21.37)? Well that’s what God did for us (v32). Again it’s God’s doing, he spared him not. By an deliberate act his own will, God gave his Son into the hands of wicked and sinful men in order to crucify him (Acts 2.23), and what for? For us. He took our place, our condemnation (v1), our sin, our shame, our guilt, our hell (John 1.29; 1Peter 1.18-19).
In grace he gave us Jesus, in grace he will give us all things (v32b). That is everything that we need for comfort in this life, for that’s the context of these verses (vv26-30). He won’t hold back, he won’t stint now, not after Golgotha. We may have to suffer for a variety of reasons in this world, whether our fault or through the persecution of others, but God will supply all our needs (Philippians 4.19). If we need the strength to stand in any given situation (Ephesians 6.11; Philippians 1.27; James 5.8; 1Peter 5.10), he will give it. If we need wisdom, ask says James (James 1.5). If we need gifts to serve God in the building of his Church (1Corinthians 12.7; Acts 6.3-6; Romans 12.6-8; 1Corinthians 12.8-11; vv27-31 Ephesians 4.7; vv11-12), he will provide them. God will supply all those needs, all of them. Or if we need love, both for God and others, well, he’ll supply that too (Romans 5.5; 1Corinthians 13.13-14.1a). It’s an appropriate place to finish, because if such a rescue plan doesn’t produce love, what in the world we ask will (John 3.16)? Love is the motivating factor in God’s mind. He doesn’t need but he wants our love, the very best of it, the cream, a deep and remaining passion for him.
(© James R Hamilton, written September, 1997)