Romans Chapter 8
I am thrilled that I will be sharing my thoughts on Paul’s letter to the believers in Rome. Romans is my favorite book of the Bible due to the sheer amount of truth, enlightenment and encouragement that is contained within.
Pages and pages can be written on any given chapter within Romans, but I plan to touch on only one or two (or three) portions of each chapter I am covering.
Romans chapter 8 is right in the middle of this amazing book, and it should be an amazing encouragement to any believer who is struggling with the weight of life.
Have any of you watched the news any time recently? The old adage, “No news is good news” is often very true. If the news didn’t have BAD news to talk about, they wouldn’t have much to say at all it seems. Our world is fallen, and sinful behavior thrives in this fallen world. But you don’t have to watch the news to know that. We can see the adverse effects of living in a fallen world on a day to day basis within our own lives.
We are reminded in this chapter that all of creation groans and waits in eager expectation to be made perfect and freed from the bondage of decay. Me too! I’m not too old yet, (47 is the new 40), but I know my body is slowing down. Much worse, I have seen loved ones pass away as a result of their bodies failing.
But that will all end! We will be made perfect in the coming Kingdom! That is the hope talked about in this section, and it is a hope that can not be taken from us.
Until that day comes, be encouraged, fellow believers, in the words Paul shares here. Verse 28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” That’s encouraging! That doesn’t mean everything will be perfect as we want it to be, but God, in His infinite wisdom knows what is best for our own good even if do not.
Verse 31b – “If God is for us, who can be against us?!!!!” (I added the exclamation marks – it SHOULD have them in my Bible.) That is one of the best lines in all of scripture in my humble opinion. What God has put in motion is unstoppable. No one will stop God’s plans, and God’s plans include YOU!
Yes, we all face hardships in this fallen world today, until we are made perfect in the Kingdom. But we have a certain hope in that coming day, and nothing can take that hope away or prevent that day from coming. Likewise, these momentary troubles can not separate us from the love of Christ. Paul tells us in verse 37 that in regards to these troubles we are “more than conquerors.” The Greek word for that phrase is hupernikao.
We learned that word in a Sunday School lesson last year, and it was fun to shout “Hupernikao!” if we demolished the other team in volleyball after church on Wednesday nights! It feels great to be hupernikao. That is what we are intended to be with God and Christ on our side.
Finally, this chapter concludes with more incredible encouragement in regards to the possibility of being removed from the love of God:
“38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I hope that is as encouraging for you as it is for me. Take these passages to heart. Remember them when the world seems to be against you. Remember that your creator, your Father, your God is FOR YOU! And nothing can take that, or His future promise for you, away.