Some Important Questions

We often are told that the Bible is a book of answers. It does in fact answer some of the greatest questions: how did life start, what is our purpose, how do we get to Heaven to name just a few. The Bible also asks many great questions. Fortunately for us, it provides the answers to those questions. Some of those questions are found towards the end of Romans 8.

The First Question: Romans 8:31

What shall we then say to these things?

To understand the answer to this question, we must first back up and find out what "these things" are.

Greatest Message

In Romans 1:16, we see the greatest message:

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

The message of salvation is the greatest message ever delivered.

Greatest Audience

In Romans 1:19-20, we see the greatest audience:

Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

God has shown himself to all men – the audience can not get any greater than that.

Greatest Impartiality

In Romans 2:11, we see the greatest impartiality:

For there is no respect of persons with God.

God plays no favorites – he wants all to be saved.

Greatest Gift

In Romans 3:21-26, we see the greatest gift:

But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

The free gift of justification, righteousness, and eternal life is the greatest gift ever given.

Greatest Covering

In Romans 4:1-8, we see the greatest covering:

What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? 2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. 3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. 4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. 6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, 7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

I don’t know about you, but my sins were many and grievous. It had to take a lot to cover them. But thank God that where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.

Greatest Peace

In Romans 5:1, we see the greatest peace:

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

This peace is so great that it passeth all understanding – there is no way we can explain how great it is.

Greatest Compassion

In Romans 5:8, we see the greatest compassion:

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

It took the greatest amount of compassion for the just to die for the unjust, for the sinless to become sin for us, for the guiltless to endure the wrath of God for the guilty.

Greatest Abundance

In Romans 5:20, we see the greatest abundance:

Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

As I said earlier, my sins were many and grievous. It had to take an abundance of grace to overcome them.

Greatest Future

In Romans 6:5, we see the greatest future:

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

Being resurrected to eternal life – when the old heavens and the old earth melt with fervent heat and the new heavens and new earth are brought forth – is the greatest future.

Greatest Deliverance

In Romans 7:6, we see the greatest deliverance:

But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

Those that live by the law are under a curse. But by being delivered from the law, we are delivered from the curse by the one who was made a curse for us.

Greatest Pardon

In Romans 8:1, we see the greatest pardon:

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

NO condemnation – not even the slightest little bit. No probation, no fine, no slap on the wrist, nothing. Those of us who are in Christ Jesus have received the greatest and most complete pardon.

Greatest Father

In Romans 8:14-16, we see we have the greatest Father:

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

Every good gift and every perfect comes from the Father above. That makes him the greatest Father.

Greatest Prayer Warrior

In Romans 8:26-28, we see the greatest prayer warrior:

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Even when we are at a total loss and know not what we should pray, God’s Holy Spirit is interceding for us and asking things for us according to the perfect will of God. That is why we know that all things work together for good to them that love God – we have the greatest prayer warrior asking for the best for us.

Greatest Transformation

In Romans 8:30, we see the greatest transformation:

Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

Being justified and glorified by God from the old wretched sinner I was is the greatest transformation.

Next Question: Romans 8:31

If God be for us, who can be against us?

We can rest assured that no one has the abilty to cause permanent harm.

Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

We need not worry about any permanent harm befalling us. No one is able to pluck us out of his hand. We are his forever. He is working all things for our good.

Next Question: Romans 8:32

He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

If God was willing to give his most precious Son, why would he want to withhold anything else? Why would he want to prevent you from having a $38 electric bill? God wants to give us all things – but do we want them? Will we ask for them? Will we live right so he can bless us?

Next Question: Romans 8:33

Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.

If you are arrested for breaking a law, you get charged with the crime. The crime is laid to your charge. When I was lost, I had a murder charge hanging over my head. God charged me with the death of his son. When God saved me, I knelt before the judge and I pled guilty and begged for mercy. When I did that, God dismissed the charge. He wiped my record clean. Not only that, he put on my record the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ. Now when Satan comes to God and accuses me of something, God pulls out my record to see if there are any charges against me. After he looks at it, he shows it to Satan and says "I don’t see anything here except for the righteousness of my only begotten son."

If anyone were to ever bring up something you did before you were saved, tell them to go check the records in the courthouse of Heaven and see if that charge is there. They won’t find it. It’s been removed as far away as the east is from the west.

Satan can not level charges against us and others can not level charges against us, Certainly, though, God must be able to. The last part of the verse says it is God that justifieth – God is not going to level any new charges against us that will condemn us after he has already justified us.

Next Question: Romans 8:34

Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Jesus is the only one capable of condemning because all judgment is committed unto him.

John 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:

If Jesus gave his life for us and justified us, why would he condemn us?

Take a look at the last part of verse – he is not even in the condemning business for us. He is at God’s right hand making intercession for us. He is our mediator, our lawyer.

One Last Question

Since the answers to these questions tell us that no one can be against us, God will freely give us all things, no one can accuse us of anything and make the charges stick, and no one can condemn us, the last question in Romans 8:35 asks:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

If you read on, seventeen things are listed in verses 35-39. Paul is persuaded that none of these things can separate us.

The Answer to the First Question

Now, getting back to the original question: what shall we then say to these things?

God’s love for us is so great, that he gave his son for us. His desire for us to prosper is so great that he gave us his Spirit to guide us and intercede for us. His concern for us is so great that he gave us his word that we might know him and the power of his resurrection. We truly never have to worry about anything. Many times we do, but we don’t have to. If we would only get into his word and learn what it says, we would see there is no need to worry. He is taking care of all things. He is willing to give us all things. He has already done everything for us.

For those of us who are saved, isn’t it good to know we serve a gracious God, a loving God, a mighty God – not just a mighty god but the Almighty God? If you are not saved, wouldn’t you like to be so that no one could get away with accusing you of anything, so that you won’t ever have to worry about being condemned, and so that you won’t ever be separated from God’s love from whom all blessing flow?

What shall we then say to these things? I say praise God!

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