during the Watch Night Service on Friday, December 31st, 11:30 PM 2004 at
International Church, Atlanta, Georgia.
If God Be for Us, Who Can Be against Us?
This New Year 2005 message was taken from Romans 8:31
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
God has acted for the believer, not against him. This is the greatest truth in all the world. God did not have to act for man, but He did. God loves every man, no matter his condition or sin and shame. Therefore, believers can rest assured that nothing, absolutely nothing shall ever separate them from the plan and purpose of God. God’s love is absolute. It is perfect. And God shall have His perfect love expressed by completing His perfect plan and purpose for each life. The believer can have absolute assurance that God will work all things out for his good, even things that fail and are painful to the heart. God shall deliver the believer from the struggling and suffering of this world. The true believer shall be conformed to the image of Christ and glorified with Him.
WE KNOW THAT GOD IS FOR US BECAUSE HE HAS GIVEN US HIS SON
This is brought before us in verses 3 and 32. What more could God do than send His own Son into this world to be our Saviour? We are told in verse 32 that with the gift of His Son, God guarantees also to give us all things.
WE KNOW THAT GOD IS FOR US BECAUSE HE HAS SETTLED THE QUESTION OF OUR SIN
This is brought before us in verses 1-3 and 33-34 where we are told that through the gift, the sacrifice, the resurrection and the present intercession of our Lord Jesus Christ, the whole question of our sin has been settled once and for all by Him. God has justified once and for all.
WE KNOW THAT GOD IS FOR US BECAUSE HE HAS GIVEN US HIS SPIRIT
The Person of the Holy Spirit is mentioned twenty times in this chapter. Let us notice a few of the references to the fact of God having given us His Spirit and to His purpose in doing so:—
He has come to indwell us—verse 9.
He indwells us to impart life—verse 10.
His indwelling guarantees our resurrection—verses 11 and 23.
WE KNOW THAT GOD IS FOR US BECAUSE HE HAS MADE US JOINT-HEIRS WITH HIS SON
This is brought before us in verses 14-17. The word “adoption” means “placing as a son,” and this is exactly what God has done. God has brought us into His family circle. But more than all this, verse 17 tells us that we are not only children but we are actually heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ.
Concerning “these things,” if we simply rejoice, with Paul, saying, “God is for me, who is against me? ”I know,” said Spurgeon, “that God chose me before I was born’ for He never would have chosen me afterwards!” Do you ever think that because you aren’t good enough for God, he will not save you? Do you ever feel as if salvation is for everyone else but you? Then these verses are especially for you. If God gave his Son for you, he isn’t going to hold back the gift of salvation! If Christ gave his life for you, he isn’t going to turn around and condemn you! He will not withhold anything you need to live for him. The book of Romans is more than an explanation of God’s redeeming grace—it is a letter of comfort and confidence addressed to you.