Powerful Love

Romans 8:35-39
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

So if there is no condemnation, what does that leave but love?  And it’s not just any love, but an impenetrable love.  If nothing is going to bring God’s wrath upon us when we are in Christ, nothing is going to sever us from the love that saved us.  Nothing can overcome the kind of love that was required for such a thing as our salvation to even be possible in the first place.  There is nothing in this world or any other that can pluck us out of His hand.

Paul was very certain of these things he was writing to the Romans.  He staked his life on them.  He staked his eternity on them.  He was persuaded.  He looked at the evidence, saw what God had done, and understood the magnitude and the implications and the amazing results of this plan God had brought about in our world.  Paul knew so surely that a bunch of sinners who deserved death could be spared, that the condemnation was done away with, that the hope of heaven was available, and that eternal life could be ours.

And if all these things could be so, if they could be so sure and certain, then God’s love must be powerful.  It must be more powerful than any of these things that might come along—tribulation or distress or any other trial of life.  If it was love that drove God to send His Son and compelled Christ to obey to the fullest, then that safety that we have in Christ must be permanent and impossible to undo.  And nothing from any realm could ever come along and take it away.

And we can live with that same assurance that Paul had.  We can be so sure of these truths laid out for us in Scripture.  We can base our lives on them and our eternal futures on them.  Jesus’ love is more than enough for everything.  It is that permanent connection of what God has joined together that no man can put asunder.  Nothing can ever sever that bond that was sealed by the power of His Spirit and brought about by the magnitude of His love.

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