Reading through Romans
+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory. You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.
A reading from Romans: Romans 8:31-32 (NLT)
What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?
Reflection: Romans 8:31-32 (John Stott, The Message of Romoans: God’s Good News for the World)
God’s Spirit in God’s children (8:1–39)
The Christian life is essentially life in the Spirit, that is to say, a life which is animated, sustained, directed and enriched by the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit true Christian discipleship would be inconceivable, indeed impossible.
(vs 28–39) The steadfastness of God’s love
Our Christian hope is solidly grounded on the unwavering love of God…. The eternal security of God’s people, on account of the eternal unchangeability of God’s purpose, …is itself due to the eternal steadfastness of God’s love.
(vs 31–39) Five unanswerable questions
Paul introduces the last nine verses of this chapter with… ‘what is there left to say?’(JBP), or ‘what can we add?’(JB).
The apostle’s answer to his own question is to ask five more questions, to which there is no answer…. For no-one and nothing can harm the people whom God has foreknown, predestined, called, justified and glorified.
Question 1: If God is for us, who can be against us? ( 31b ).
Paul is not saying that the claim ‘God is for us’ can be made by everybody…. On the contrary, the situation Paul envisages is one in which ‘God is for us’, since he has foreknown, predestined, called, justified and glorified us. This being so, who can be against us? To that question there is no answer. All the powers of hell may set themselves together against us. But they can never prevail, since God is on our side.
Question 2: He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? ( 32 ).
The way Paul phrases his question… points us to the cross…. God has already given us his Son…. Paul argues…that since God has already given us the supreme and costliest gift of his own Son, ‘how can he fail to lavish every other gift upon us?’(REB). In giving his Son he gave everything. The cross is the guarantee of the continuing, unfailing generosity of God.
Christ, as a light illumine and guide me. Christ, as a shield overshadow me. Christ under me; Christ over me; Christ beside me on my left and my right. This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful. Be in the heart of each to whom I speak; in the mouth of each who speaks unto me. This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful. Christ as a light; Christ as a shield; Christ beside me on my left and my right.
May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.
+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen