Nothing Can Separate Us

Taken from “Those God Foreknew,” based off Romans 8

In all things, not some things, but in all things that come into our lives, God works for the good of those who: 1) love him, and 2) have been called according to his purpose.

So, the first question we must ask is: “To whom is this referring?” To whom does this whole section of scripture apply? Who are these promises for? Are they to be applied across the board to everyone who reads this? - Or, to all those who call themselves Christian? Or, is there a specific targeted group here in mind to which these promises apply? I believe if we read through the entire chapter we can ascertain as to who are the intended recipients:

  • Those who are in Christ Jesus (v. 1) – by faith (repentance & obedience)
  • Those who do not live according to the sinful nature (v. 4)
  • Those who live according to the Spirit (v. 4) – according to the Word of Christ
  • Those who have their minds set on what the Spirit desires (v. 5)
  • Those whose minds are controlled by the Spirit (v. 6) – not by the flesh
  • Those who, by the Spirit, put to death the misdeeds of the body (v. 13)
  • Those who are led by the Spirit of God (v. 14) – who follow God’s lead
  • Those who love God (v. 28) – see 1 John 2:3; 5:3 (love=obedience)
  • Those who have been called by God according to his purpose (v. 28)
We must not read through this list casually. This is very important that we read through each item prayerfully and carefully, and that we really think about what these various requirements mean. We cannot claim the promises and blessings of God in our lives if this list does not apply to us. None of us will do all of it perfectly all the time, but if we fail the test, then we fail to be the intended recipients of these promises of God…

Nothing Can Separate Us / An Original Work / March 28, 2013

Based off Romans 8:28-39

Nothing can separate us
From Christ’s love now within us:
Not trouble, hardship, nor famine,
Nor danger, nor sword.
No, in all of these things
We are more than conquerors!

For your sake we face hardship.
We are sheep to be slaughtered.
I am convinced that death,
Nor life, nor anything else
Will separate us from
The love of God now in Christ.

What, then, shall we say to this?
God for us: who against us?
He who did not spare His Son
But gave Him for us all –
How will He not, with Him,
Graciously give us all things?

Who brings a charge against us?
God justifies His chosen.
Who is He that condemns?
Christ Jesus; died, rose again.
He’s at the right hand of God,
Interceding for us.