No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us (Romans 8:37).
Paul wrote his letter to believers at Rome, citizens of a city he had not yet seen. In many ways, Rome was the center of the 1st century world, and over the next dozen years Paul would get to know it well – but he would be twice imprisoned, and finally martyred, in the Eternal City.
In this 8th chapter of Romans, Paul is full of confidence, security, and certainty – even though he lived a very threatened, uncertain life.
Notice carefully Paul’s grand proclamation of Christ-guaranteed, certain hope to believers of the 1st century – and the 21st:
- And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son…and those he predestined he also called; and those he called he also justified; and those he justified he also glorified (Romans 8:28-30).
- 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, along with him, graciously give us all things?…Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us (Romans 8:31,32,34).
- Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?(Romans 8:35).
- 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).
Takeaway: when you are feeling worried, or stress is keeping you from sleep, take up and read Romans 8 – and thank God for the certain promises of security that are yours in Christ Jesus.