As part of our In Christ Sunday teaching series we’re blogging some short devotionals to help us get to grips with what the New Testament means when it describes Christians as being ‘In Christ’.
Truth With Big Consequences
“What 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 gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who can condemn us? Christ Jesus is the one who died – more than that, who was raised – who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.”
I first came across this Bible verse in the film Saving Private Ryan of all places. In it one of the soldiers misquotes it like this ‘If God’s on our side, who the hell can be on theirs?’ It became the first Bible verse I could recite from memory.
Paul’s reasoning in these verses is step by step, convincing and it’s life changing. He starts with the promise that God is for us. This idea in itself is so glorious that it ought to change everything about how we approach life. If we were to spend the rest of our lives reflecting only on this idea and living in the light of its consequences – things would be radically different.
God is for me and as a sign of his commitment to me, he sent his son Jesus. He knew what needed to be done to bring me back to him, and he did it, not even sparing his son. Can you even begin to imagine the torrent of affection and emotion that must exist inside someone who is willing to do this? The words of the song ‘How He Loves Us’ go some way in conveying this emotion; this deep unrelenting affection that He has for me! Check out the song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoC1ec-lYps
Paul’s statements in this paragraph are logical and step by step: if A=B he says, then and B=C. I’ll explain.
Each statement flows out of the previous:
1. God is for us. He did not even withhold His son.
2. He will not withhold any good thing from us.
1. God, the ultimate authority, has justified us.
2. Who then can bring charge against us? Who can condemn us?
If you’re a Christian today, do you see how secure you are? Do you grasp how permanently you’re loved? Do you see how deeply you’re cared for?
If you’re a Christian then you can say: