The doctrine of the Preservation of the Saints and Assurance of Salvation has been disputed lately but if God is for us, who can be against us? No weapon formed against us can prosper. There is great power and security in the sovereignty of God, not so much in the works of man. If your salvation is based on anything you do then where is your security? Is it in your work or God’s? Chapter 8 of Romans comes to a grand conclusion solely focused on God, not us. This is the rock of our salvation, all else is sinking sand.
How important is it to know the Word of God? Many Christians live a defeated lifestyle, why? After reading Romans 8, there is no reason for a Christian to fret over anything. But, we need to be constantly reminded of God’s Sovereignty. If the King of Kings, Lord of Lords is for us, who can be against us? The answer is no one! Nothing! Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ!
Romans 8:33 ESV Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.
God has sent His Son as an atonement for his elect. If this is true, who can judge? There is only one judge and this is God. If God is the judge and an atonement has been made for His elect by God himself, will any charge stand against his elect?
There is nothing to judge. Our sins are cast away and the righteous of Christ has been applied. The accuser, the devil, cannot bring any charge against the elect. He may bring charges but not any charges that can stick in the Court of Courts. However, how often do we let his charges bother us? Too often! We must live by the Word of God, not by our own righteousness which is as good as a filthy rag. No, it is by Christ’s righteousness and nothing else. Everything else is sinking sand.
In verse 29 it speaks of God foreknowing. In verse 33 it speaks of His elect or chose ones. What does foreknowing mean? We all know God foreknows everything, every person and every event. But this can’t be what is meant by verse 29 because if it meant to mean all people, why are not all called? Why are not all saved? This foreknowing is speaking of a particular knowledge of knowing, knowing his elect, setting his love on them before the foundations of the earth.
How can He charge those, He Foreknew (set his love) — He Predestined — He Called — He Justified — He Glorified.
Romans 8:34 ESV Who is to condemn? 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 answer to this question and the previous question is, no one can condemn. The only one who could condemn would be Christ. Christ Jesus will be the judge of all the Earth. How can those for whom he died for be condemned? Christ came, lived a righteous life, died for our sins, and was raised again is now interceding for us not condemning us. However, those who he has not died for are already condemned. John 3:18 ESV Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
Romans 8:35 ESV Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?
If this is true, why do we walk around defeated from time to time? We need the Word of God. We must have it! We must believe it! Let our hope be in Christ and Christ alone, none of our works come close and they cannot satisfy God’s wrath nor his justice.
Sermon preached at One Way Christian Center — Church in Olustee Oklahoma on May 11, 2014 by Pastor Bryan Walker.
- Romans 8:31 - 39