“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” - Romans 8:31
Every human being on earth is a sinner who was born in sin, is in rebellion against God, and is under the wrath of God. But God, because of His great love for us, sent His Son Jesus to die for us. He brought Him back from the dead so He might bring us into a permanent relationship with Him even though we did not deserve it. This is all because of His grace. In Romans 8:31, the Apostle Paul asks, “What should we say about these things?” In other words, what do these truths of God’s grace in Christ tell us about God and about us as His children?
Paul answers that question with another question: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” In the Greek language the word “if” is better translated, “since,” or “because.” It is not a hypothesis or a “what if.” This is a fact – God is for us. Let that sink in. The word “for” literally means, “in our behalf.” In other words, God is working for us. In a real sense, God is on our side.
“If God is for us, who can be against us?” is a rhetorical question. No matter how the question is asked, you get the same answer. If God is for us who in reality can be against us? Nobody. If God is for us what can be against us? Nothing. If God is for us when can something be against us? Never. If God is for us where can something be against us? Nowhere.
You may be thinking, “I know a lot of things that are against me. The world is against me. Sin is against me. Temptation is against me. Satan is against me. Culture and society are against me.” What Paul is saying is when God is for you it doesn’t matter who is against you. If God has already met our greatest need of salvation, will He not meet every other need as well? He has already given us His Son, so will He not give us everything else we could need?
No matter what you are facing today, remember that God is for you.
Father, Thank You for being for me in every way.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Topics: Work of Christ