Verse of the Day Devotion: Romans 8:31
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?” – Romans 8:31
Paul starts out this chapter with the following verse, “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1. And why is this true? “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” Romans 8:2. Christ freed us from condemnation by His death on the cross. This is how He set us free.
In the gospel of John, we read, “So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:31-32. It is the truth of the gospel, if believed that will set us free from the law of sin and death. The Jews then asked how can you set us free if we have never been enslaved. Jesus then answers as follows. “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:34-36.
Now, as a result of being free through Christ, we will also be hated. “You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.” Matthew 10:22. He also says, “Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.” Matthew 24:9. We will be hated and persecuted. We will suffer for the cause of Christ. It is really showing itself now, what with all the limitations placed on Christianity that is applied to no other, particularly Islam which hates us and shows it openly. Jesus warned us well ahead of time regarding this.
However, Paul declares the following in our focus verse, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.” Romans 8:32-35. Jesus, who died for our reconciliation who now sits at the right hand of God, intercedes for us. We may have to go through the trials and persecution, just as many throughout history has. Look at what Paul suffered. Look at what many Christians in China, North Korea and the Islamic countries endure. He may not take away their trials, but He is with them every step of the way. He gives them the strength to stand strong in the midst of suffering. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9. And, “Oh let those who fear the LORD say, “His lovingkindness is everlasting. From my distress I called upon the LORD; The LORD answered me and set me in a large place. The LORD is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?” Psalm 118:6
We must always remember that God is for us. He sent His son to die for us for He loves us with an everlasting love. We can rest in Him no matter our circumstances for there is nothing He cannot do. “Ah Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You” Jeremiah 32:17. If a God who is all powerful and all loving is for us, who in reality can be against us?
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.