…absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us (Romans 8:39 The Message).
The Message: Romans 8:29-39
In Your Bible: Romans 8:29-39
Though this lengthy passage, notice how The Message presents a fresh view of a familiar Scripture familiar. Paul encourages believers:
- Jesus sticks up for believers before God.
- Nothing can separate believers from God’s love.
God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:
“They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.”
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us (Romans 8:24-39 The Message).
Jesus Is Our Advocate
God acquitted us by Jesus’ blood on the cross. The one who has the right to condemn is far from condemning. Why? Because Jesus sits at God’s right hand, interceding for us. Present before God, he is our Advocate – not our Judge.*
Believers Cannot Be Separated from God’s Love
Paul stresses the expanse of God’s never-ending love. In the list of terrible things that most people think would eliminate us from being loved by the Father, Paul is saying NOTHING CAN DO THAT for those who are in Christ Jesus!
Prayer: Father, what a wonder we have in the saving grace of Jesus at your side standing up for us. Your love embraces us. Alleluia!
* Commentary from William Barclay, The Daily Study Bible Series, The Letter To The Romans, The Westminster Press, Philadelphia, 1957, pp 124,125.