But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us” Romans 8:37.
This statement by Paul comes no doubt in what I would call two of the most theologically-weighty chapters in the whole bible. It brings comfort to those who sometimes forget, don’t really believe they are truly loved by Christ, or that somehow something can take them away from it. And these thoughts are probably not foreign to the saint who has been humbled in spirit in the face of God’s grace… “How could Christ love *me* being that He knows me even better than I do?” Yes, He does know our frame, and He does know every single one of our struggling thoughts, imperfect attitudes, misguided affections, and outright sin. Yet the question verse 35 asks may be screamed from the rooftops! “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”
And it’s interesting that Paul would then lay out severe examples that could tempt us away from the surety of Christ’s love! These examples were serious to the NT believer, and they remain so even for us. Have you known “tribulation, or distress, or persecution, of famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword”? Maybe so, to some major or minor degree, but they never have and never will have the power to separate us from the love of Christ!
Paul will not hide the fact that true religion is always the way of the cross. Christ loved us all the way to the cross. Our Shepherd went where no other religious leader could go in place of His sheep – into the bosom of God’s wrath, that He might propitiate for His own. And so we too must go the way of the cross. We too are being “put to death all day long” and are no better than dead sheep – but we will never experience the wrath of God that Jesus suffered. His love for us is surety that we will never know what He knew on the cross.
We may go someday into the wrath of men’s hands, but never God’s. We are made conquerors despite the worst that can be done to us, because no one and nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. While living, we overwhelmingly conquer “through Him who loved us”. Not even death can separate us from the love of Christ. Christ made sure of it in conquering that enemy we call death – if not, then our hope in the resurrection is vain hope! But death no longer has victory nor its sting! Even in death we are not separated from the “love of Christ”, but brought into its best proximity.
In this life, “we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us”. We don’t just squeak by or barely make it. We “conquer”, and we conquer “overwhelmingly”! On our own? No way! “…we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.”
Remember, dear saints in Christ, “Jesus loves you!”
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God
as a workman who does not need to be ashamed,
handling accurately the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15
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