N.T. Wright, one of the world’s leading Bible scholars, said this: “Romans 8 is the richest, deepest, and most powerfully sustained climax anywhere in the literature of the early Christian movement and perhaps anywhere else as well”.
As we reflect on Gods gifts to us during this Lenten season and as we face these unprecedented times, let’s consider together again portions of this great chapter 8 which will confirm our hope and joy and faith in the face of fear and anxiety all around us.
In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words… And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose… What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?… Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or peril or sword?… In all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 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 created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom 8:26-39).
We live in a sinful and fallen world with all the events of life that come with that, but praise God, he promises so much more and this chapter reminds us of our ultimate victory and his great love and care for us thru all of life’s trials and tribulations.
Don Wolf, elder