What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:31-32)
What God Will Do For Me
Questions linger in the minds of the people of God whether forgiveness will be granted, salvation is assured and eternal life will be secured. An effective tool of Satan to attack the heart of the Christian is to instill doubt the Lord God will do what He says He will do. How can He forgive me when I have done what I have done? My sins are so terrible God could not and would not allow me happiness. It makes no sense that my sins can be washed away when I think of all the things I have done. Becoming a child of God was an occasion of great joy but in time sin still plagued my life. When I tried to be the best I could be, I still failed. The Lord has promised salvation but I am not sure that I am truly saved. Sin clouds my mind with the guilt of my inability to live perfectly before a powerful and mighty God. Salvation becomes a ‘maybe’ that I will be lucky to achieve if things work out okay in some mysterious way. This results in my living each day with a doubt that eternal life is real. Heaven is a long shot. Obedience to God is a hit-and-miss proposition because I do not know if I am going to be saved. Death terrifies me because I can only marginally hope that I will be with God in eternity – but I am not sure. Truth be told: salvation can be a miserable feeling because it is not clear. Satan finds success in many hearts like this.
Paul had a lot of territory to cover in his letter to the Roman Christians. In the first part of his exhortation, he dealt with sin. It is real, powerful and overwhelming. There is no denying its potential to destroy the life of a Christian. The battle between flesh and spirit is legion in its magnitude. Paul shows the reality of sin and what it will do when left unchecked and unchained. The power of the gospel is the salvation through Jesus Christ and the apostle undresses sin for what it is and then destroys it with the reality that in Jesus Christ there is nothing to fear about sin. Whatever life a person chooses to live is a life of bondage but the child of God is no longer in bondage to sin because we have become slaves of Christ. The Holy Spirit is active and alive in the heart of God’s children. No matter the suffering in this life, there is no comparison to what lies ahead in the glories of eternal life. Sin will not have dominion. The tentacles of Satan cannot destroy the hope of a Heaven bound child of God. There is an eagerness and expectation of the glory that awaits the saved of God.
Christians can rejoice when they understand that sin is crushed through the power of the Father. If the Lord God Almighty Creator of heaven and earth is for us – what is there to fear about sin? From creation, God has always shown Himself powerful, faithful, loving, merciful and full of grace. He has not changed. His power has not diminished. The faithfulness of His character remains intact. His love is as immense as it has ever been. There is no measuring the mercy of God. Grace fills the universe with the incredible love of a forgiving Father. He is the same yesterday, today and will be throughout eternity. The proof is complex but it is simple. Why should the child of God doubt their salvation when they have only to look at the cross of Jesus Christ? God did not spare His only begotten Son. It was not by chance or the will of men that Jesus died on the cross. The Father delivered His Son, gave up His Son, delivered Him over for us to die a horrible death. This was the will of the Father. God so loved the world that He gave – He gave His only begotten Son. Paul’s argument is that if God was willing to give His Son for all men then why should we not believe the Father will take care of our needs? The Father will give us all things. Why? Because He gave us His Son.
Hope rest upon the promises of God. This hope does not disappoint because it is poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Assurance of salvation is given because of what God has already given. There is no reason a child of God should live without the full knowledge that sins are forgiven, salvation is assured and eternal life is an absolute. The blood of Christ takes away our sin. We can live in the knowledge that we are saved. Death is no longer to be dreaded but embraced as the bridge that takes us to our Heavenly home. A crown is waiting. Glory awaits. Thank God for His infinite mercy and love.
[Hope] As it was preached by the first apostles, it meant nothing more or less than a confidence on the part of the Christian that he or she would attain happiness in a future life. (Ronald A. Knox, God and the Atom, 1945)