Every now and then a sermon really speaks to a need in your life. It actually happens to me regularly. I have so many things the Spirit could work on me, to change. Last Sunday was a perspective changing sermon. The passage of Scripture is Romans 8:31-34. You should read it a few times today, if you get the chance. The preacher asked the questions that these verses ask, but left out the answers at first. Kind of like this:
1. Who can be against us?
2. How could He freely give us all things?
3. Who brings a charge against us?
4.Who can condemn us?
Those questions are scary, if we don’t include the Gospel answers. Who can be against us? Plenty of people. How could God give us anything? I don’t see why he should, when we deserve his wrath. We are terrible sinners, by nature and experience. Who brings accusations against us? People do. Satan does. Who can condemn us? Well, God has every right to condemn us.
But when you set up these questions under the tsunami of what God has accomplished for us, in Christ, we are washed away and we drown in grace.
1. Who can be against us? God. But who is this God? The God who fore-loved us. The God who set his kindness and mercy upon us before we were born.
2. How would he not give us all things, since he gave us his son, already? “He did not spare his own son” Every other good thing pales in comparison to the reality that Christ was given to rescue us.
3. Who can bring a charge against us? No one, if God has justified us. And he has!
4. Who could condemn us? No one! Christ took that condemnation when he died. Moreover, he rose victorious to erase the condemnation of death. Moreover, again, he is seated in heaven, and the work is done. Moreover, over again, He intercedes for us. It is as if he says to the Father, though Satan and others seek to condemn her, though he sometimes still feels the weight of what he has done wrong, You will not condemn her, Father. You will not punish him. They are mine.
Let the depth of love in Romans chapter 8 wash over you today. Let it hold you under. Drown in the grace of Christ.
Amy DeBurgh is the wife of her favorite preacher. She lives in the great state of Wisconsin with her husband and three big kids who are the joy and adventure of her life.