What Does Romans 8:38 Mean?

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,

Romans 8:38(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

The inexpressible depth of God's love towards condemned mankind was demonstrated when He sent the Lord Jesus to be our Saviour and take the punishment for our sin on Calvary's cross - a plan conceived in the heart of God in eternity past and a plan that will have its consummation in the eternal ages to come - when Christ is all in all.

The eternal Son of God was the only possible sacrifice for the sin of mankind and He became the chosen Lamb - slain from the foundation of the world to be mans' substitute for sin. Christ's redeeming blood is sufficient to deal with the penalty and power of sin and death that has enslaved humanity since Adam's fall - and all who trust in Him for salvation will be saved.

Having laid out man's depravity, man's rebellion against God and the total inability of man to save himself from the eternal consequences of sin, and having condemned the wicked, the moral and the religious, we discover that all are equally under Gods wrath and condemnation - all are separated from God by sin and all are under the sentence of death.

However, Paul then contrasts the sin of Adam with the righteousness of Christ and lays out the most comprehensive and thorough presentation of the gospel over the next few chapters of this glorious epistle, unfolding the pivotal doctrines of justification, and sanctification for all who by grace through faith will trust in Christ as their sin-substitute.

And having laid out the most comprehensive presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Paul finally reaches his joyful conclusion with the most astonishing and wonderful truth - that nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord  -  nothing visible or invisible; nothing in the physical realm or in the spiritual sphere; nothing in the heavens above or the earth beneath or in the waters under the earth can separate us from God's love.

Nothing past or present or future can come separate us from God. Nothing… whether good or evil; no wicked scheme of Satan and no mean manipulations of man - nothing created in time and nothing lodged in space, including death and hell, can come between us and our heavenly Father.

Nothing created by God and nothing imagined by man has the power to remove His blood-bought children from God's inexpressible love and His eternally secure promises, which are all 'yes' and 'amen' in Christ Jesus our Lord - and I am persuaded too!

My Prayer

Thank You Father that there is nothing at all can ever separate me from Your amazing love and eternal grace which is in Christ Jesus my Lord. Sometimes I imagine things that will separate me from You, and yet Your Word clearly tells me that there is nothing at all that can remove me from my position in Christ Jesus. Help me to accept this truth in my heart today, and never more doubt Your love for me – in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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