The Implications of God for Us (Part 3) Romans 8:35-36 (Part 6 of Series)
Since God for us
• No enemies--v. 31b
• No lack--v. 32
• No guilt--v. 33 (no one can file a charge)
• No judge--v. 34
• No catastrophe--vv. 35-36 (he lists several possibilities)
• No separation—vv. 37-39
No judge—v. 34
• The advance between v. 33 and v. 34 is: It is one thing to have an accusation. It’s another to have success.
• The Father is the one who justifies.
• Jesus Christ is the judge—John 5:22, 27: Jesus will be one of two things (we decide in this life—opportunity ENDS at death) . . .
• Christ’s work for us—v. 34
o He died (aorist tense)
o He was raised (aorist tense)
o Makes intercession (present tense)
Every time an accusation is brought against the believer, Jesus Christ intercedes (“I already paid for that.”)
God is for us—v. 31—in what way specifically? . . .
• Delivered Him up for us—v. 32
• Intercedes for us—v. 34—two intercessors in Romans 8 . . .
o One in us—v. 26 (Holy Spirit)
o One in heaven at the Father’s right hand—v. 34 (Jesus Christ)
No catastrophe—vv. 35-36
• Nothing can ever happen to cause Christ to stop loving us
• He begins with “who” and ends with a list of “what’s” . . .
o Distress—narrow space (when the walls are closing in)
o Persecution—something we don’t know anything about (yet?)
o Famine--this was real for the original audience—Acts 8:1-2
o Nakedness—they had basic means (no decent clothing)—I Corinthians 4:11
o Peril—2 Corinthians 11:26; I Corinthians 15:30
o Sword—Acts 12:1-2; Hebrews 11:37
Observations (you need to give some extended thought to these)
• Modern Christianity bears little resemblance to New Testament Christianity
• The emphasis of the New Testament is not how we feel—but how we think
• There is no security to those who will not believe God’s Word