In this message, we are looking at some of the greatest promises God has for us all. God is for you. No one can condemn you, nothing can separate you, nothing can defeat you. Hear the truth of the Gospel to be impacted, encouraged and equipped in your love of Christ and life of ministry.
Romans: The Glory of the Gospel Part 22
More Than Conquerors – Romans 8:31-39
Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – March 4th, 2018
- God wants you to know that for those who love Him, all things work together for good for those who are called according to His purpose. God is working His plan for salvation of His people in the midst of a fallen creation, depraved people and supernatural enemies. His plan will not be thwarted, stopped or defeated. No one or nothing can stop His plan because He is sovereign and all powerful.
- Those He foreknew He predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, in order that Jesus would be the firstborn of many brothers. Those He predestined, He also called, and those He called, He also justified, and those He justified, He also glorified. This is the plan. This is the process. Not even the gates of hell can overcome it.
- Knowing this gives us assurance of our salvation, confidence in giving our lives to Jesus Christ and building our lives upon the word of God, and boldness to live and share the truths about Christ and the kingdom of God.
God is for you
Rom 8:31-32 ESV
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
- If God is on your side, if God is for you, no one can be against you. You are unstoppable because He is unstoppable. You will reach the finish line of faith. You will complete your race because He is compelling you, drawing you and conforming you.
- This is the God who did not even spare His own Son – He gave what was most sacred to redeem what was utterly corrupted so that we can be glorified in Him. Who is like our God?
- The God who gave us His son will also graciously give us all things. Not only did He give us His Son, but because of His great grace, because He is gracious, He has given us all things as well. All things on earth and in heaven – in the renewed heaven and the renewed earth, all things are given to us, He does not hold anything back. Who is like this God? He deserves all praise and all glory and all honor.
- If God is for you, no one or nothing can condemn you.
No one can condemn you
Rom 8:33-34 ESV
Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 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.
- No one can bring any charge against you to keep you out of heaven. If someone tells you to “go to hell” that is an expression of their hate filled heart, but it is not a reflection of reality. They can’t condemn you, not even the devil can do that. Why, because it is GOD who justifies. If we are to justify ourselves, then anyone could bring a charge against us so that we would be condemned. But our justification does not come from us and our character, it comes from Christ and His character. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. No one can bring a charge against you, because it is God who justifies.
- It is God, because of His great love who sent His Son Jesus who died in our place, but He did not just die, but He was raised back to life and sits at the highest place, at the right hand of God. He stands in the gap for us, He is there on our behalf, He is our intersession. He is not praying “oh God I hope they make it” He is there at the right hand of God – so we can, and we will – make it.
Nothing can separate you
Rom 8:35-36 ESV
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
- No one or nothing can take away Christ’s love for you and separate Him from you. No tribulation (pressure, affliction, anguish or burden), no distress (limits, tightness because of obstacles or lack of options), no persecution (from individuals, groups, organizations, or government), no famine (lack of food or hunger), no nakedness (not having the dignity of clothes, being exposed or uncovered), no peril (danger or dangerous situation), no sword (instrument of harm, or war, or judicial punishment) can separate you from the love of Christ.
- Experiencing these things does not mean that Christ does not love you – they are not punishments for your bad behavior – but rather evidences that you indeed do love God and are loved by Christ. We get this so wrong in our understanding of God, His purpose and His plan. (Even John the Baptist missed this- See Matt. 11:1-19.) Often, we give up our Christianity and deny we know Christ, so we will not be persecuted. (Example of Peter – see Matt. 26:69-75.)
- Paul, comparing himself to the “super-apostles” who taught a different gospel and were smooth talkers, charged people for their ministry, manipulating and robbing them for their own glory. He used their wealth and popularity as marks of success and God’s “favor” used what he suffered and endured as evidence of his authenticity, his love, his allegiance to Christ and fruit of ministry. Paul’s marks of success are his suffering, sacrifice and service, not his “blessings,” buildings, bank account, cars, cash or crowds. His willingness to give himself and endure all things for the sake of the gospel and the people of God is the mark of his success. He held these things as “badges of honor” and evidence of success and sound doctrine (Read 2 Cor. 11 – 12). For your sake, we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered (Ps. 44).
- Why does the God who loves us allow these things to happen?
- To prove our faith is genuine (1 Peter 1:3-9)
- To equip us for ministry (2 Cor. 1:3-7)
- To bring us to maturity (James 1:2-4)
- To give us perspective (2 Cor. 4:16-18)
- To make us more like Christ (Rom. 8:29)
- Know that all things are temporary and fleeting and cannot compare to the glory that is yet to come. The pain of the present is a small price to pay for what they are producing in us and for what is yet to come (like getting a medical shot to go on the mission field).
Nothing can defeat you
Rom 8:37-39 ESV
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- We are more than conquerors though Him who loved us. We can conquer and overcome anything through Jesus who loved us. Nothing can defeat us. Death can’t, nothing in life can, no supernatural demonic power can, nothing that is here now can and nothing that will come in the future can. No power can defeat us, no distance or grand obstacle, nothing in all creation will be able to separate us for the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- We are His, and He is ours. He will never let go, His love overcomes everything – and nothing can separate us from Him. This is how you are loved by God in Christ. You are fully and eternally loved. Nothing can ever change that.
- Be empowered, be encouraged, be strengthened and give yourself completely, intentionally and radically to the one who gave everything and endured all things for you.
- Know that God is for you, He is not against you. He has given His very Son for you and will graciously give you all things. This should endure us to Him, this should cause thankfulness in us, and service, obedience and love from us. This empowers us to continue to follow and serve Him.
- Know that no one can condemn you. Be assured of your salvation which is based in what Christ has done for you, not what you have done. Christ is the one who justifies. You are not condemned – but have been set free to a new life. Live like it! See yourself as God sees you, don’t live condemned or defeated thinking that you are worthless or not worthwhile.
- Know that nothing or no one can separate you for the love of Christ. Because of your love for God and His Son, embrace the honor of suffering and sacrifice as you follow the way of love, and truth and life. Give more fully and freely, knowing that He and His kingdom are worth it.
- Know that nothing can defeat you and no one or nothing can overcome you. You are more than a conqueror though Him who loved you. You can overcome anything with the Love of Christ. Don’t give into defeat but keep your feet moving in the direction and call of Christ.
Questions for the week ahead:
- What encouraged you from the message for today?
- What challenged and convicted you from the message for today?
- What are you going to do with what you heard today?