Welcome back to the Romans Series. If you’re new here, each week I write a short devotional on a chapter of Romans, I originally titled these as “Bible Studies”, but they’re not very in-depth, so I would consider them to be more devotional rather than an in-depth study on the book of Romans.
None the less, I want my writing to challenge you to live a more Christ-centered and God-honoring life. Let’s dig in!
This chapter in Romans is so rich and full of many wonderful things. It talks about so much more than I’m able to cover in a single blog post.
So, rather than writing a giant article on the whole passage, I really want to emphasize the final three verses. First, though, here’s a short break-down of the whole passage.
- 1-11, The Holy Spirit has set us free from sin and death.
- 12-17, God is our Father
- 18-30, We await eternal glory.
- 31-39, God loves us unconditionally and eternally.
I would recommend reading the entire chapter, it will help you better understand what I have to say later. If you’d like to read it online, click here, but the verses I’m writing about are 37-39,
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 8:37-39 (ESV)
Through Christ, we are more than conquerors
A verse that people regularly take out of context is verse 39. People are quick to slap it on coffee mugs and t-shirts. They take this verse and use it pridefully to build themselves up. But this verse is really pointing to the fact that, through Christ, we are more than conquerors.
Because of Christ’s death on the cross, we–as believers–are free from sin. We’re more than conquerors (through Christ).
This verse sounds cool taken out of context, but honestly, when we read it in the true context–the context of Christ–it’s so much more amazing.
Christ loved us so much, that even though we were weak and unable to conquer sin ourselves, He was willing to conquer sin for us. He conquered sin and death for us. Why? Because He loves us.
Nothing can separate us from the love of God
Verses 38-39, Neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord -Romans 8:38-39 (ESV)
Do you ever feel like circumstances or past mistakes have created an immovable barrier between you and God?
Nothing separates you.
Maybe you’re trapped in sin, if you find yourself struggling with the same sin over and over again, You’re not separated from the love of God.
Or it’s likely you have a past full of mistakes and a present full of regret. Well, you’re not separated from the love of God.
Do difficult circumstances overwhelm you? Do you feel like you can’t possibly handle everything? You’re not separated from the love of God!
Jesus takes away your sin, He pays for it all if you trust in Him and He gives you just what you need to overcome and triumph sin.
Jesus takes your overwhelming circumstances, whatever they are, and He gives you peace and the strength to work through them despite the heartache.
Even when we were rebellious and arrogant, Jesus still loved us. And loved us enough to die for us.
Jesus loved you enough to die for you, He still loves you today, and He’s there for you.
Believers, nothing at all can ever separate you from the love of God, take joy in that!
Keep trusting Him!