What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
In other words, God is on our side. Paul is going through his explanation of our salvation, of what it means to be justified by faith through Christ. The overarching theme is the amazing grace of God that makes it all possible and the instrument of His Holy Spirit who carries out this work to overcome sin. And a key result of that work He has done is that we are free from condemnation when we are in Christ. And if God is not going to condemn us, no one else can, because no one is above God. That is how secure our salvation is. That is how safe we are in Christ.
Paul’s looking at it logically here. God is the one working all things together for good so we might be conformed to the image of Christ. God is the one who did the predestinating, the calling, the justifying, and the glorifying. And if He has justified, condemnation is impossible. There is no one else to mete out the punishment. That is God’s domain, and when we have Christ, God forbears to punish and treats us as sons instead, heirs with Christ.
Not only that, but God gave His Son to secure us. He would not have done such a thing if He were going to condemn us anyway. The stability and security we have in Christ for all eternity is unshakable. And that miraculous event of Christ’s death and resurrection seals the deal. Because Jesus is alive interceding for us, leaving no room for condemnation, ensuring totally and completely that we are His forever, free from punishment and wrath for sin.
What a perfect plan, a complete, plan, a flawless plan God’s plan of salvation is. There are no loopholes. There are no exceptions. There is no erasing what has been done and accomplished. And what grace it is that God gives that to a bunch of unworthy sinners. May we truly live with an understanding, a thankfulness, and an appreciation for what God has done for us, what Christ accomplished in securing our salvation. There is no greater freedom than to know so surely that there is no condemnation as we live in Christ.
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Oh, how true! Many Christians don’t recognize that the good God is working out of unwelcome circumstances involves him conforming us to the image of his Son Jesus. Praise the Lord!