So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose?—if God is for us, who can be against us? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us?
Read that again . . . If he did all that—while you were a creep—now that you belong in his family, imagine who good it is! Whoa!
Who would dare tangle with God by messing with His chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger at us? Jesus isn’t going to judge us, He died for us! He was even raised to life for us! He is the one who stands in the presence of YHWH at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture! (Romans 8:31-39)
I love to read the apostle Paul! He would go out and snub the devil! The devil never pushed the apostle around. Instead, he pushed the devil around! I am going to make a guess that when Paul died they had a half-day’s holiday in Hell. They were so glad about it. Satan never had the victory over the apostle Paul. He tried. No man ever had such a massive theology as Paul. No man ever saw further, deeper into the pit of human depravity.
Earlier we read the popular verse: Romans 8:28. “All things work together for good.” Not some things. All THINGS. Losses as well as gain; invisible things as well as visible; those that are bitter as well as those that are sweet. All things work together for good.
Now look at verse 31 again, “What shall we say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” or as the Message puts it, “With God on our side like this, how can we lose?”
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