Our lesson today is going to take a look at a familiar passage of scripture that I assume many people have either read or heard of once before. How many of you have heard the saying, “we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us”? Alright, let’s dive into this passage of scripture in our Sunday School lesson for this week. This week’s lesson is being taught from Romans 8:28-39.
According to God’s Purpose
Our lesson this week opens with Paul writing that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who “are the called” according to His purpose (v.28).” I actually just referenced this verse in a sermon I recently preached – When God Says No. You see, our lesson this week opens with a verse that talks about God’s purpose. As I said in my sermon last week, there is no such thing as coincidence when it comes to the Lord’s work.
What Paul says here in this verse is that all things – both good and bad – work together ultimately for good to all of those who love God and “are the called”. Who are “the called”? Is this a special group of people? I suppose we would need to define special, right? I would say that these people are indeed special and here’s why – they are the children of God! Who are the children of God?
The children of God are all that have chosen to genuinely believe in the Lord. Again, they are not practicing religion but are living in genuine faith according to the way of Christ. The children of God are in fellowship with Him. According to His purpose – His will – all things work together for good for His children. As was said to Jeremiah, the Lord’s thoughts towards His children are thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jer. 29:11).
Paul dives into the Lord’s thoughts towards those He foreknew in the next couple of verses (vss.29-30). Who did God foreknow and who was predestined? Again, the answer is His children. God predestined His children to be conformed to the image of His only begotten Son. What does this mean?
This goes back to what we saw in our lesson last week when we spoke of the resurrection at the Rapture. Jesus is the firstborn among many brethren in that He was the first to be resurrected. As we saw last week, there is a natural body and a spiritual body (1 Cor. 15:44). We, the children of God, are going to be resurrected at the Rapture to join Him who was first. We are going to put on our incorruptible and glorified bodies. These are the Lord’s thoughts towards us – to be like His only begotten Son!
Who Can Be Against Us
So, the Lord has a carefully planned and divine purpose towards His children. With this in mind, the children of God should feel safe and secure in the Lord’s divine will towards us. Paul asks the question, “If God is for us, who can be against us? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect (vss.31-34)?”
There is no man or woman that can bring a charge against the children of God, but this fact certainly doesn’t stop people from bringing a charge against the children of God. The only one who can/could bring a charge against the children of God would be the Lord Himself. That said, in God’s eyes, we know that the children of God are justified.
Why are we justified? As we saw in the first lessons of this quarter, we are justified through our genuine faith in the only begotten Son of God. Let us remember, Jesus died for our sins so that we can stand before the Lord faultlessly as justified sinners. Others who do not believe will try to stand before the Lord and be held guilty of their charges all because they stand before the Lord unjustified. This is why I do not concern myself with what others have to say about my genuine faith in God because my fellowship (relationship) with Him is personal and only He is my judge.
An unbreakable relationship
Paul then asks the question, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ (v.35)? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” Let me tell you, I’m only 36 years old as I write this commentary to you, and I have gone through quite a bit – from losing my dad at 25, to having high blood pressure essentially all my life, to losing my kidneys and now undergoing dialysis 4 out of 7 days a week. In all that I have gone through, my bond with God has not been broken!
You may probably be wondering how has that bond not broken? Well, the Lord never forsakes us – He’s always with us. So, all I have to do is continue to be faithful and trust in Him because He is faithful. As I said in my sermon last week, because of God I have been able to endure all of it and here I am today with all my thanks given to the Lord. We have to continue to be faithful because there is no tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, or peril that can separate us from the Lord. The only person capable of separating us from the Lord is we, ourselves.
The goal and desire for Satan is to disrupt our fellowship with the Lord and separate us from God. Yet, the devil does not have the power to do this himself – He cannot make you leave the Lord. We would have to choose to turn away from God for this separation to happen. I do want you to understand that any person or thing that you feel is trying to disrupt or break your relationship with God is not of God but is of the devil. So, we should certainly also be careful of who we allow to be a part of our life.
More than conquerors
When our faith is true, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us (v.38). Who loved us? The Lord loved us. Our strength to be conquerors – to consistently overcome – comes from God! As I said in my sermon a couple of weeks ago when I preached in regards to Samson’s strength, our strength to endure does not come through anything we do; it certainly does not come from anything of the world.
Again, I want you to understand that there is absolutely nothing that we, the true and genuine believers, can go through that will destroy us! Look at what Paul says in closing here. “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come (v.38)” – he takes it to things beyond this world! Not even death or other things of the spiritual has the power to take us down or separate us from God!
Paul continued and said, “nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (v.39).” Again, there is nothing in this world, in this or any other universe, or even in the spiritual realm, that can separate us from the love of God. Because of God’s love towards us, we are truly conquerors – we cannot be beaten! So, we should always stay true to our fellowship because the Lord will never forsake us. Let us not forsake Him.