Nothing Will Separate Us Part 2

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Romans 8:38-39 (New Living Translation)

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And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Yes, I am sure that nothing can separate us from God’s love not death, life, angels, or ruling spirits. I am sure that nothing now, nothing in the future, no powers, nothing above us or nothing below us nothing in the whole created world will ever be able to separate us from the love God has shown us in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Nothing around us matters but God’s Grace and love nothing but God’s love has rules over us nothing Mankind or earthy can separate us from God’s love which is over us nothing worldly can separate us from God

“ For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 8:38-39.May 27, 2020

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Romans 8: 38-39

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19 March, 2018

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ROMANS 8: 38-39

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39 NIV).

There is no place that you can go where God’s love isn’t. You’ll never be separated from God’s love.

Nothing — no circumstance, no situation — can separate you, because God’s love is everywhere: “Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39 NIV).

If you want an antidote for loneliness, here it is: You will never be separated from God’s love. The fact is, we do lose loved ones. Even if you’re married, one of you is going to die first, and you will grieve over that.

But if you’re a Christian, God is with you always and forever. You can look to his love for you whenever you feel lonely. I’m not talking about religion. I’m talking about a relationship with Jesus Christ. His love lasts forever, and his love is everywhere.

(By Pastor Rick Warren. http://pastorrick.comhttp://www.christianity.com

What does Romans 8:38 mean? [ See verse text ]

Paul doesn’t want his readers to feel an ounce of insecurity about God’s love for them in Christ. He has built the case for why God is for us as Christians. He has already created a list of the worst things that can happen in this life to make the point that none of them demonstrate a loss of Christ’s love from us (Romans 8:31–37). Those things may happen, but as he wrote in the previous verse, they cannot conquer us in any way that matters. Those who are saved by faith in Christ (Romans 3:23–26; John 3:16–18) can continually endure, in the power of His Spirit.

Now Paul begins a new list. This covers virtually everything anyone might think of to challenge God’s love for His elect (Romans 8:29–30). Paul begins with death, which for the believer in Christ can only bring us into God’s glory more quickly (2 Corinthians 5:8). He continues to include life, angels, and rulers. This last concept is from the Greek word archai, usually used for a political leader or magistrate, and often applied to certain kinds of demons. In other words, absolutely nothing, whether natural on this earth, or supernatural from heaven or hell, could ever cause God to stop loving us.

Paul continues his list with the present and the future. Nothing that could happen now or tomorrow or a thousand years from now could change God’s commitment to love us in Christ. Next he lists “powers,” referring either to supernatural powers like Satan and his demons or earthly governments like Rome.

As it turned out, Paul himself was eventually killed, so far as we know, by the “powers” of the Roman government. They did not conquer him, though. Nor did they not separate him from God’s love for him, in Christ.

Context Summary

Romans 8:31-39 is one of the most encouraging and affirming passages in all of God’s Word. Paul has established that God is for all of us who are in Christ; for those who have been saved by their faith. No charge or accusation made against us can stand, because God has provided for our justification and Christ is interceding for us. Paul makes two lists of all of the things in the universe that cannot separate us from God’s love for us in Christ. Hard things will happen, indeed. Yet, none of them will cause our Father to stop loving us, nor are any of them signs that He has abandoned us. Our salvation is entirely, absolutely secure on account of His great love.

Chapter Summary

Romans 8 begins and ends with declarations of the Christian’s absolute security before God. There is no condemnation for those in Christ, and nothing will ever be able to separate us from His love. Having believed the gospel, we now live in the Spirit of God. That allows us to call God Abba Father. We suffer with Christ, and we suffer along with all creation while we wait for God to reveal us as His sons. With the help of the Spirit, we are confident that God is for us and loves us in Christ

Comparing Romans 8:38-39

I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love which Christ Jesus our Lord shows us. We can’t be separated by death or life, by angels or rulers, by anything in the present or anything in the future, by forces or powers in the world above or in the world below, or by anything else in creation.
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
Meaning-for-Meaning (Closest Natural Equivalence)

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Yes, I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor ruling spirits, nothing now, nothing in the future, no powers, nothing above us, nothing below us, nor anything else in the whole world will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
New Century Version (NCV)
Thought-for-Thought (Functional Equivalence)

I am sure that nothing can separate us from God’s love—not life or death, not angels or spirits, not the present or the future, and not powers above or powers below. Nothing in all creation can separate us from God’s love for us in Christ Jesus our Lord!
Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Paraphrase (Retelling)

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Neither Death Nor Life – Romans 8:38-39

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By Mary Fairchild

Updated on September 11, 2019

What do you dread most in life? What is your greatest fear? In Romans 8:38-39, the Apostle Paul lists some of the most dreadful things we encounter in life: fear of death, unseen forces, demons, powerful rulers, unknown future events, and even the fear of heights and drowning, to name a few.

Paul is thoroughly convinced that none of these dreaded things—and he includes anything else in all the world—can alienate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ.

Key Verse: Romans 8:38–39

For I am sure that 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. (ESV)

Paul begins his list of ten of the most feared things with death. That’s a big one for most people. With certainty and finality, we will all face death. Not one of us will escape it. We fear death because it is cloaked in mystery. No one knows exactly when it will happen, how it will happen, or what will happen to us after death.

But if we belong to Jesus Christ, this one thing we do know with all assurance, God will be there with us in all of his great love. He will take our hand and walk with us through whatever we must face:

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4, ESV)

It may seem odd that life is the next item on Paul’s list. But if you think about, anything else that we may fear except for death happens in life. Paul could have listed thousands of things we fear in life, and in every case, he could say, “This will not be able to separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus.” 

Nothing in the course of a lifetime can sever the children of God from their Father’s love, secured to them in Jesus Christ.

God’s Love Is All-Consuming

Here is a great illustration to explain why God’s love is so reliable:

One day a single friend asked a father of four, “Why do you love your kids?” The father thought for a minute, but the only answer he could come up with was, “Because they’re mine.”

So it is with God’s love for us. He loves us because we are his in Jesus Christ. We belong to him. We are his kids. Absolutely nothing that can ever drive a wedge between the children of God and their heavenly Father. No matter where we go, what we do, who we face, or what we fear, God will always be there with us and for us in all of his great love. We can walk securely knowing this truth.

Earlier in Romans 8:31, Paul asked the rhetorical question: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” The eloquent fourth-century preacher John Chrysostom pointed out that even those who are against us and oppose God, will, in the end, glorify him:

“Yet those that be against us, so far are they from thwarting us at all, that even without their will they become to us the causes of crowns, and procurers of countless blessings, in that God’s wisdom turneth their plots unto our salvation and glory. See how really no one is against us!” 

Paul’s unshakable trust in God allows him to lay the cards out on the table. He boldly asks the hard and haunting questions we all grapple with. What if [insert your greatest fear here] happens?” Paul’s answer is ours too: God will be there.

We are eternally united with the One who is perfect love. Absolutely nothing in the universe can separate you from God’s all-consuming, ever-present love for you. Nothing. God’s love is greater than your greatest fear. So, when that most dreaded fear confronts you, hold on to this promise.

Nothing Can Separate Us From His Love—Romans 8:38-39

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“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” ( Romans 8:38-39)

In the first eight chapters of Romans, Paul has laid out an amazing summary of what God has done for us. He started with how sin had separated us from God (Romans 1). He showed us that by our works we could never obtain a right standing with him (Romans 2). Next he illustrated how God provided a way apart from the law in which we can be justified by faith (Romans 3). He then described that faith was how the patriarchs were also justified and that this has always been God plan for salvation (Romans 4). Then he told us that since we had been justified in this way we have peace with God. He revealed that the gift of His grace was much more than the trespass ever was (Romans 5). To prove this, Paul taught that we have been freed from the sin nature by faith in Christ (Romans 6). Paul then warns us about living according to the flesh and following it’s desires instead of living according to our new nature (Romans 7). Lastly, Paul teaches us how to live according to the spirit so that we will not fulfill the desires of the flesh (Romans 8). He teaches that our obligation stems out of a love debt to the Lord because he first loved us.

Paul’s revelation of God love was so amazing. He closes Romans 8 with wonderful words expressing the extent of His love for us. We are his children ( Romans 8:16 ), we were predestined, we were called, we were glorified ( Romans 8:30 ). In fact who can stand against us if God is for us. God is the one who justified us ( Romans 8:33 ), Jesus is the one who died for us and was raised again to continually intercede for us ( Romans 8:34 ). So in light of all of these things, Paul was convinced that nothing would separate him from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

He was persuaded beyond a doubt that not even death could separate him from God. He goes on to list several things noting that not one of them could separate him from God’s love. Not death nor life, not angels nor principalities, not things impending and threatening not things to come, not powers, Not height nor depth, not anything in all creation… What an amazing thing to understand. Knowing this empowered the Apostle Paul to do amazing things because he knew that his life was hidden in Christ. Understanding this in our own lives will enable us to fulfill God’s plan for our lives. His love is a foundational truth that we must grasp in fullness to really be who we are called to be.

The truth is that God loves you so much, but so many people I talk to do not understand the depth of how God loves them. They may know it intellectually but they have not experienced it personally. Many try to earn his love, when all along he has freely given it. Many feel like they do not deserve His love, but seeing how He sent Jesus to die for us, this alone makes us worthy of this love. Many are afraid to be loved by God because they do not understand who He is. John tells us, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love” ( I John 4:18 ). All of these emotions can keep you apart from really knowing God. Not because he removes himself from you, but because you keep him at a distance not understanding your position before him and place along side him. On the other hand, Paul understood the depth of his love that is why he was confident that nothing would separate him. He was perfected in love.

Author: J. Palmer

Living under the wings of God and the angels around me keeping me going and safe. Sharing the love of Christ.

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