Have you ever received a letter that changed your life? An acceptance letter? A love letter? A “Dear John” letter? A termination letter? You know that the contents and the author are always key in the measure of impact. The letter to the Romans is unusually eloquent and truly life-changing. Paul wrote it, but it is apparent the contents come straight from God’s heart. When you get the letter and absorb what he has said, you will agree—this is the greatest letter ever written! Your confidence, your hope, your capacity will soar!
Because of Jesus, we have been adopted as God’s children. Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. He will bring something positive from our worst seasons. He is preparing us to live forever. History will climax with God’s perfect plan coming together.
Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are… But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been
groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We,too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new
bodies he has promised us. We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)
And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes
everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.
Paul asks Five Rhetorical WOW Questions:
1) With God on my side, how can I lose?
What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?
2) If he gave up his only son for me, is he likely to withhold anything else?
Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?
3) If God does not accuse me, who can dare?
Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing
with himself. Romans 8:33
4) If God is my judge, and Jesus my defense, how can any accusations against me stick?
Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in
the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Romans 8:34
5) Can anyone ever drive a wedge between me and God’s love?
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. Romans 8:35
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be
able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
In his eyes, we are flawless.
As God’s children, we have no condemnation and no separation, and he is preparing us to live forever with him as his perfect plan comes together.
- Contemplate your future with God.
- Thank him for his great plan that is coming together.