Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #31
Posted: February 4, 2005

IN CHRIST
A Study of Positional Truths

The text before us to study this week is Romans 8:35-39.  The text begins with the ‘love of Christ’ in verse 35 and ends with the ‘love of God’ in verse 39.  His love for us is sandwiched between the love of Christ and the love of God. (Verse 37)  The word mentioned here is the ‘Agape’ love that God has for us.  His love for us is the great cause behind all that holds us.  It is not dependent on our love for Him, but His love for us.  Let us remember from the great prophet Jeremiah who wrote, ‘Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love’.  This love has no beginning therefore will have no end.  In this text we seem to be surrounded with the love of God.  Let us look at three things caused by His love for us.  His love will cause us to Continue, to Conquer, and to Conclude

TO CONTINUE  

Paul asks the question in verse 35, ‘Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?’  The word ‘who’ can also be translated ‘what’.  Paul mentions a list of things that because of His love can not stop us from continuing to be IN HIM.  He mentions tribulation (to be squeezed under pressure), distress (narrow place, impossible to pass), and persecution (affliction suffered for the sake of Christ).  He also mentions three things brought on by natural disaster orchestrated by God which are: Famine, Nakedness, and Peril.  He then mentions the sword which speaks of Military Enemies.  One of the ultimate things that we encounter is the need for continual death to self (Verse 36).  In the midst of all these His love will not cease.  We will not be separated from Him but continue IN HIM.  Oh, what love!  How can it be that He would love me with such love? 

TO CONQUER 

Paul tells us in verse 37 ‘Nay, in all these things’ which refers to the list we have already defined.  In the midst of these because of His love we are more than conquerors.  The phrase ‘more than conquerors’ carries the meaning of above and beyond victory, surpassing victory, and more than victorious.  F. B. Meyers says it means, “A holy arrogance of victory in the might of Christ.”  We can not fail.  It has been rigged ahead of time.  WE WON!  Hallelujah, Glory to His Altogether Lovely Name.   

TO CONCLUDE 

In verse 38 Paul says, ‘I am persuaded’.  The idea is ‘I have come to the conclusion. I am convinced’.  Paul then gives a long list that can not separate him from God’s love.  He mentions that ‘death’ can not separate us.  We are reminded that death is but a shadow that we go through. (Psalm 23)  He mentions life and the terms ‘things present and things to come’.  These are the unknown that we live with daily, but they can not separate us from Him, all because of His love for us.  The spiritual unseen things like angels, principalities, and powers can not separate us. (Verse 38)  We can not go too high (Verse 39), or descend too low and be separated from His love.  I am convinced with the song writer of old, Thomas Matherson, who said, ‘O Love that will not let me go, I rest my weary soul in thee; I give thee back the love I owe, That in thine ocean depths its flow may richer, fuller be’.  Let us continually, though we will not catch up, give Him back the love we owe.

 

 

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