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GOD’S RECONCILING LOVE
April 23, 2017

 

SCRIPTURE: Romans 5:6-11; 8:31-39

 

KEY VERSE: If God be for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31b)

 

INTRODUCTION: Romans chapter 5 is an explanation of the last word in Romans chapter 4, justification. A clear understanding of Paul’s argument is essential if we are to grasp the meaning of justification by faith.

 

Keep in mind that justification is God’s declaration that the believing sinner is righteous in Christ. It is righteousness imputed, put to our account. Sanctification is righteousness imparted, worked out in and through our lives by the Spirit. Justification is our standing before God; sanctification is our state here on earth before others. Justification never changes; sanctification does. Notice the blessings we have in justification:

 

I. THE ULTIMATE DEMONSTRATION OF GOD’S LOVE. (Romans 5:6-11)

 

A. God’s Plan. (Romans 5:6-7)

 

(Romans 5:6-7) For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

 

Christ died for the ungodly -- not for the good boys and girls and good men and women, but for ungodly sinners -- those who actually were His enemies, who hated Him, to whom He said when they were crucifying Him, “… Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do …” (Luke 23:34). And you and I were numbered with the ungodly.

 

B. God’s Love. (Romans 5:8-9)

 

(Romans 5:8-9) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

 

Christ’s death shows that God loved the world so much that He was willing to give His Son in exchange for the world. God did not require any religious acts or works of righteousness on our part before He sent His Son. He did not limit His salvation only to certain kinds of people or to those with correct behavior.

 

Of course, you’ll have to come His way. There is a mistaken idea today that you can come to Him your way. This is not your universe; it’s His universe. You and I do not make the rules. He makes the rules. And He says that no man comes to Him except through Christ (see John 14:6).

 

C. God’s Enemies. (Romans 5:10-11)

 

(Romans 5:10-11) 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. 11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

 

Sinners are opposed to God’s ways; they want to follow their own way instead. Their behavior and lifestyle rebel against God’s standards, which they often view as antiquated and irrelevant for today’s society. Some sinners are openly antagonistic to God, but even those who are not may exhibit passive resistance to God by simply ignoring Him -- acting as if He did not exist.

 

II. THE ABSOLUTE ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE. (Romans 8:31-34)

 

A. Almighty God Is For Us. (Romans 8:31)

 

(Romans 8:31) What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

 

“What shall we then say to these things?” Our answer is, “What can I say? This is so wonderful I have nothing to add!”

 

“Who can be against us?” God is on our side. Nobody will be able to bring a charge against us in His presence.

 

B. Jesus Christ Died For Us. (Romans 8:32)

 

(Romans 8:32) 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?

 

“How shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” Dwight L. Moody illustrated it somewhat like this: Suppose I go into the finest jewelry store in the land, and they bring out the loveliest diamond, and the owner says, “It’s yours!” And I say, “You don’t mean that you are giving me this valuable diamond!” He says, “Yes. I am giving it to you.” If he gave it to me, do you think I would hesitate asking him for a piece of brown wrapping paper to wrap it up and take it home with me?

 

Friends, since God gave His Son to die for us, don’t you know that He is going to give us everything that is necessary in this life and in the life to come?

 

C. God The Father Justified Us. (Romans 8:33)

 

(Romans 8:33) Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.

 

God’s elect are justified sinners. God has placed His throne behind them. Who is going to condemn them? Nobody can condemn them. Why? “It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again.”

 

D. Jesus Christ Intercedes For Us. (Romans 8:34)

 

(Romans 8:34) 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.

 

Christ has removed all condemnation; therefore the believer is secure because of the fourfold work of Christ.

 

1. Christ died for us -- He was delivered for our offenses.

 

2. Christ was raised from the dead He was raised for our justification.

 

3. Christ is on the right hand of God the Father -- Jesus is in Heaven right now, my friend.

 

INSIGHT: Jesus is the living Christ. Do you need Him? Why don’t you appeal to Him?

 

4. Christ makes intercession for us – The Lord Jesus Christ prays for you!

 

INSIGHT: Did you pray for yourself this morning? You should have, but if you missed praying Jesus did not. He prayed for you. How wonderful! This fourfold work of Jesus Christ is the reason that nobody can lay anything to the charge of God’s elect.

 

III. THERE IS NOTHING THAT CAN SEPARATE US FROM GOD’S LOVE.
(Romans 8:35-39)

 

A. Paul Mentions Everything Imaginable Here. (Romans 8:35)

 

(Romans 8:35) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

 

Is it possible that “tribulation” or trouble can separate us? No, my friend, because the Lord won’t let it. “Distress or anguish?” Oh, you may think God has let you down, but He hasn’t.

 

“Persecution” -- and this means legal persecution. It means there are those who will carry on a campaign against you. But that will not separate you from the love of Christ. “Or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”

 

INSIGHT: This is a brief biography of Paul’s life. He knows from experience that these will not separate you from Christ’s love.

 

B. Romans 8:36 Is A Quotation From Psalm 44:22.

 

(Psalm 44:22) Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.

 

(Romans 8:36) As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

 

This is a frightful picture of the saints in this day of grace. I believe with all my heart that this is the attitude of a satanic system toward the child of God even in this hour. Also the history of the church reveals this. If you stand for God today, it will cost you something.

 

Friend, it is sickening to see what is happening to some of the saints of God in our day.

 

But even this will not separate us from the love of God.

 

C. How Can A Sheep For The Slaughter Be More Than A Conqueror? (Romans 8:37)

 

(Romans 8:37) Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

 

This is another wonderful paradox of the Christian faith. What does it mean to be more than a conqueror? It means to have assistance from Another who gets the victory for us, who never lets us be defeated. The victory belongs to Jesus Christ; not to us. The victorious life is not our life. It is His life.

 

D. “For I Am Persuaded” Means That The Apostle Paul “Knows.” (Romans 8:38-39)

 

(Romans 8:38-39) 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 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.

 

1. “Death” cannot separate us -- in fact, it will take us into His presence.

 

The response of many of the early Christian martyrs when they were threatened with death was, “Thank you, you will transport me right into the presence of my Savior.” You can’t hurt people like that.

 

2. “Life” -- often it is more difficult to face life than to face death.

 

But life’s temptations, failures, disappointments, uncertainties, and sufferings will not separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

3. “Angels” -- and I think he means fallen angels -- “principalities and powers” are spiritual enemies of the believer (see Ephesians 6:12).

 

4. “Things present” means present circumstances.

 

5. “Things to come” refers to the future.

 

6. “Nor height, nor depth” may refer to the space age in which we live.

 

7. “Any other created thing” would include anything else you want to mention.

 

8. Absolutely “nothing” can separate us from the love of God which is centered in Jesus Christ our Lord!

 

A Sure Salvation
By Brent Hackett

 

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. -- Romans 10:9

 

A story is told that Queen Victoria of the UK was deeply moved during a church service. Afterward, she asked her chaplain, “Can one be absolutely sure in this life of eternal safety?” He did not have an answer.

 

But an evangelist named John Townsend heard about the Queen’s question, and after much prayer he sent her a note: “With trembling hands, but heartfelt love, and because I know that we can be absolutely sure now of our eternal life in the Home that Jesus went to prepare, may I ask your Most Gracious Majesty to read the following passages of Scripture: John 3:16; Romans 10:9-10?”

 

Two weeks later, the evangelist received this letter: “. . . I have carefully and prayerfully read the portions of Scripture referred to. I believe in the finished work of Christ for me, and trust by God’s grace to meet you in that Home of which He said, ‘I go to prepare a place for you.’ -- Victoria Guelph”

 

Townsend was confident that in this life we can have assurance of eternal safety (verse 9), and he had a concern for others as well. Consider what John 3:16 and Romans 10:9-10 mean for your eternal destiny. God desires to give you the confidence that your sin is forgiven and that after death you’ll be with Him forever.

 

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
– Fanny Crosby

 

 -- Adapted from Brent Hackett, Our Daily Bread, May 20, 2013

 

CONCLUSION: Salvation is a love story. We love God because He first loved us. Nothing can separate us from that. We entered this chapter with no condemnation; we conclude it with no separation; and in between all things work together for good. Can you improve on this, my friends? This is wonderful! Thank you Jesus!

 

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.” -- Augustine

 

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REFERENCES: References used in these Bible studies are the King James Bible (KJV), The Moody Bible Commentary, Dr. J. Vernon McGee © Thru the Bible Radio Network ( www.ttb.org ), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, Dr. Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Dr. Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Dr. Charles Stanley: ( http://www.intouch.org/ ), Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, KJV Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Dr. David Jeremiah: ( http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/ ), Dr. Cliff Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, Dr. Alan Carr’s The Sermon Notebook ( www.sermonnotebook.org ), With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, RBC Ministries ( http://rbc.org/ ), selected illustrations, and other references.

 

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