Loved By God       Romans 8:28-39       November 27, 2005
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    I am sure the text of this lesson is among the favorite scripture passages for many Christians. Since we believe the scripture teaches eternal security, verses 38-39 are frequently used as part of the foundation for this belief. We are Loved By God with an inseparable love.

1.    Loved by God Is Demonstrated In God's . . Calling. Vs 28-33

    A.    God's Love Is Demonstrated In The . . Work of His Calling.
            28 We know that all things work together for the good of those who
            love God: those who are called according to His purpose.

    B.    God's Love Is Demonstrated In The . . Will of His Calling.
            29 For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the
            image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many
            brothers. 30 And those He predestined, He also called; and those He
            called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified.

    C.    God's Love Is Demonstrated In The . . Way of His Calling. Vs 31-32
            31 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is
            against us? 32 He did not even spare His own Son, but offered Him up
            for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything?

    D.    God's Love Is Demonstrated In The . . Witness of His Calling. v 33
            33 Who can bring an accusation against God's elect? God is the One
            who justifies.

        God demonstrates His love for His Children in the work of His calling. He initiated to us a call according to His purpose. It is not things that work, it is God who works all things for His purpose. His call is not only His work but also it is His will, and His will calls us to be conformed to the image of His Son. We receive justification and ultimate glorification as part of this process of conforming to Christ. The term, "glorified" is spoken as an accomplished fact even though it is in the future; that adds to the certainty of the event. God's way of demonstrating His love is according to His ways and not ours, and "If (since) God is for us, who is against us." In His care, the elect are given an unlimited promise. Who are the elect? That takes more space than what we have, but I believe I am part of the "elect," and I believe God gave me the opportunity to make a choice. His witness in our hearts eliminates any significance to the accusations against us.

2.    Loved by God Is Demonstrated In God's . . Caring. Vs 34, 36-37
    A.  God's Love Is Demonstrated In the. .Intercession of His Caring. v 34
            34 Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the One who died, but
            even more, has been raised; He also is at the right hand of God and
            intercedes for us.
                1. Note the . . position of His Intercession " the right hand..."
                2. Note the . . people of His Supplication. "... for us..."

    B.  God's Love Is Demonstrated In the. .Inundation of His Caring. v 36-37
            36 As it is written: Because of You we are being put to death all day long;
            we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered. 37 No, in all these things we
            are more than victorious through Him who loved us.

        God's care is demonstrated in a multitude of ways, and one of the most significant is the intercession of Christ. He came to this earth and lived a sinless life so He could die a sacrificial death. He arose, prepares a place in heaven for us, and also intercedes for us. How else could He demonstrate His loving care? Paul speaks of the many ways he has suffered but still says he is a victor through the love of Christ. On one occasion, Lord Nelson sent a message to the British Admiralty after defeating the French fleet in the Battle of the Nile and reported: "Victory is not large enough a word to describe what took place." Paul speaks with similar words!

3.    God's Love Is Demonstrated In . . Certainty. v 35-38-39. v 35-38-39

    A.    The . . Probing of Our Certainty. v 35
            35 Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or
            anguish or persecution or Famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

    B.    The . . Persuasion of Our Certainty.  v 38-39
            38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers,
            nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor
            depth, nor any other created thing will have the power to separate us
            from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!

    Paul did some probing into the certainty of God's love. He asked, "what can separate us from the love of God?" Then he tells of his persuasion, and basically mentions every category of any possible separation from the love of God, and concludes: that nothing can separate us. The mention of "angels, rulers, and powers," certainly includes Satan and His angels. If they can't rob us of salvation who can? For some to say we could rob ourselves seems to me to be an impossible thought, and would be included in the phrase, "any other created thing." This lesson assures us we are Loved By God. Amen? Amen!