What Does Romans 8:31 Mean?

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?

Romans 8:31(ASV)
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Verse Thoughts

In the preceding verses of his epistle to the Romans, Paul expounds the most extraordinary position, unsurpassed privileges and catalogue of blessings that belongs to every believer in Christ. We, who deserve punishment, are justified, sanctified and glorified by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, simply because we have trusted Him as our Saviour. We have been brought from the kingdom of darkness into His glorious light and are called to be holy as God is holy. We are accepted in Christ as children of God and are called to love as Christ loves us and to live and move in the power of His indwelling Holy Spirit.

Paul describes God's gracious purpose towards all who trust Him for salvation, whether they be Jew or Gentile, and reminds us that we are a holy priesthood, a royal nation and children of the most high God. He describes how God's loving purposes towards us reached back before the world was founded and stretches forward into an endless eternity. He explains that God knew us before we were formed in our mothers' womb and has determined that we will be conformed into the image of His dear Son. He explains that no matter what circumstances life throws at us, what difficulties beset us on our earthly walk or what problems we may be called upon to face, God gathers up each and every situation, using it for our eternal benefit and His greater glory.

It is astonishing to realise that this magnificent redemptive plan of God stretches back into eternity past and was conceived before the foundation of the earth was laid. It is amazing to realise that our salvation is part of a never-ending plan that stretches into the eternal ages that are to come. And having just spread before us the most astonishing array of privileges that are ours through faith in Jesus Christ and which describes God unfailing plan and purpose for us through the gospel of Christ, Paul finally asks the rhetorical question: If GOD be for us, who can be against us?  and the resounding answer can only be - no - one!!

God's gracious love is demonstrated through this astonishing plan of redemption and His everlasting mercy is eternally secured in His sovereign will. Paul legitimately magnifies each superlative truth and pours comfort upon all our earthly sufferings, building up his watertight argument by unfolding the unsurpassed privilege that are ours in Christ.

No matter what circumstances of life may lie before us and no matter what difficulties may beset our path, we must never forget, that Paul's time-honoured question in this amazing book of Romans: If God be for us who can be against us????  commands only one response - NO-ONE!!

My Prayer

Thank You Lord for being my Father and forgiving all my sins – not because I deserve it but because Christ died in my place to pay the price for my sins – all of them. Thank You for all You have done for me and that my future glorification is as equally complete in Christ as my past justification, when I first trusted Jesus as Saviour. Thank You that because I am in Christ, You are ‘for me.’ Let me never forget that amazing truth, In Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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