Peninsula Community Church
God Is For You
June 3, 2018
Romans 8:31-35 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?
In this passage, Paul presents three thought provoking questions. First, he asks if God is for us who can be against us? Secondly, he asks who will bring a charge against God’s elect? His third and final question is even more thought provoking. Who or what can separate us from the love of God? These questions go to the core of our idea or concept of who God is and whether we really believe He is all powerful. These questions and their subsequent answers have a direct correlation to the level of trust we will have in God and how much we will depend on Him to be our source of strength and help. We need to come to terms with these questions because if we cannot answer these questions correctly, we will struggle with the issues of life even more.
As we review these questions, we should consider some of the lies that are propagated against us. One of the great lies propagated by the enemy is that when bad things happen, we believe that God has somehow stopped loving us or He loves us less. We are trapped into believing that our goodness or lack thereof changes God’s love for us. The lie is that if we are good enough, God will love us, and if we are not good, He will not love us as much. This often comes as a result of our view of love. Too often, we are try to gain people’s love and our success is measured by that level of love.
Secondly, we can feel that the whole world is against us when we try to stand for the truth. The lie propagated here is that we are alone and have been forsaken. This is a difficult place to be. When we feel that we are up against the world, it is painful and exasperating. This is illustrated by Elisha and his servant. From the servant’s perspective what he saw was a fierce enemy that was about to attack them. The servant felt alone and devastated, but Elisha had a different perspective. He saw beyond the visible to see God at work and there was a whole army surrounding them.
We are not alone, because God is with us and He is protecting us. Listen to 2 Kings 6:15-17 When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. May God open our eyes to see God is for us.
A third lie is that when bad things happen to us, we are devalued by the problems we encounter. Too often our value is determined by how good or bad things are. If things are good and going according to our plan, then we must be good. If things are bad, then we must be bad. That is a wrong mindset and is one that is destructive because we look to others and things apart from God to bring us satisfaction. Even worse, we believe that if things are good, then God is good and if things are bad, then God is bad. We are deceived into thinking that our view of ourselves and of God is measured by the circumstances in our life, rather than the unchanging truth of who God is, and what He has provided for us through His grace.
It is noteworthy here that the word “if” does not denote doubt, as in can God could do this, but rather it is a conclusion that has been reached by Paul. As the word “if” is used here, it is the recognition of a consequence or an affirmation signifying since. That is, since God is God, He will not forsake us. The argument is this, because God is for us nothing or no one can be against us. There are forces that oppose the believer, but nothing can successfully overthrow us when we are following God with our whole heart. The world may give way, but God will always be there.
The fact is God has always been for us and we see this communicated in the following verses. Isaiah 54:16-17 Behold, I have created the smith who blows the fire of coals and produces a weapon for its purpose. I have also created the ravager to destroy; no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD and their vindication from me, declares the LORD.” 1 John 4:4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. Psalm 118:6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
There is much that is against us and there is much that aims to take us out. In Romans 8 alone we see some things aimed at us with a goal to take us out. Look at these. There is the condemnation of past of sin which has already been forgiven. The sinful nature is at war with His spirit. We face sufferings. The body is decaying and is filled with pain and weakness. There is much to fight against us. After all, we have an enemy according to 1 Peter 5:8 who wants to take us out. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
While all of this is true, to dispel the lies and fully grasp the truth there is nothing that can come against us, we must know that He is for us. We begin by acknowledging that He is for us. In this chapter there is concrete evidence that He is for us and not against us. Let’s look at the evidence. The first exhibit that we know that God is for us is that He has given us His Son. In one of the most sacrificial acts of the ages, God sent His son to die for every sin that had ever been committed, is being committed, or will ever be committed (verses 3 and 32).
What more could God do than send His own Son into this world to be our Savior? Surely this is sufficient proof that He is for us as seen in John 3:16. In Romans 8:32, we are told not only that God did not withhold His own Son, but He delivered Him up for us all. He entered the world to become a sacrifice for our sins and to offer Himself upon the cross of Calvary. The result is that God guarantees to give us “all things.” He gives us everything we need to survive and make it through this war zone. God is for us!
The second piece of evidence that proves that God is for us is that He has settled the question of sin. As we saw last week it is sin that is at the root of every problem in life. God is for us because He dealt with not just sin, but the power of sin to control our life. Apart from Him, we were condemned (John 3:18); but no more. He died as our sin-bearer, savior, and substitute for us. We are no longer under condemnation (John 5:24). So then, who can charge us or condemn us? Christ died and He rose to be exalted at the right hand of God the Father, to intercede for us. He has justified us once and for all. He has removed the penalty of condemnation from us forever. God is for us!
The third piece of evidence that proves that God is for us is the fact that He has given us His Spirit. He did not leave us to our own demise. He sent us the necessary support and the helper we need. It is noteworthy that while Romans 7 never mentions the Spirit, we find that in Romans 8 the Spirit is mentioned twenty times. The Spirit has come to live within us. This is true of every child of God. He indwells us to give life (verse 10). His indwelling guarantees our resurrection (verses 11, 23). He is in us to emancipate us (verse 13). He is our constant guide (verse 14). He leads us according to God’s will. He gives us the assurance that we really are the Lord’s (verse 16). He indwells us to be our Helper (verse 26). God is for us!
The fourth piece of evidence that proves God is for us is He has adopted us into His family and has made us joint-heirs with His Son (verses 14-17). Notice the word ‘sonship’ in verse 15 and try to grasp that stupendous thought. God has brought us into His family. He is our Heavenly Father and we can utter those most precious words “Abba, Father.” These words are a child’s first cry of recognition and relationship. He then goes beyond this because verse 17 tells us that we are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ! God is for us!
The final piece of evidence for us to know that God is for us is that He has guaranteed our future. Romans 8:35-39 makes a triumphant conclusion to this great chapter, and includes the final evidence that God is for us. Nothing in time or eternity, in heaven or on earth, no force of evil, no demon from hell, absolutely nothing will ever separate us from the Lord and from His love for us. God is for us!
So yes, God is for us, but there is one question we must ask: are we for Him? Are you? Are you on the Lord’s side? If so, banish your fears and doubts and be content in the assurance that “since God is for me, who can successfully be against me?” Our view of God will make a difference in our view of life. We can view God as a genie, or we can view him as an ATM but both are faulty views of the Heavenly Father. Remember your view of God will determine your outlook on life.
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