In the Reformation tradition, this week’s pastor’s note is the word of the Lord from Romans 8:28-39
This week, allow yourself to meditate on the truths of these majestic words. By faith in Jesus, our identity (restored glory, Romans 8:30) is secured by Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross (Romans 8:32). Note that the succession of events, what theologians call “the order of salvation” are all past events (Romans 8:29). These are accomplished realities in the mind of Almighty God who holds past, present and future events before Him (Psalms 139:13-16). Even the Psalmist knows this kind of knowledge is well beyond his grasp (Psalm 139:6). The purpose of these truths is meant to reassure us that nothing happens to us outside of His grasp and His hand. In the midst of the storms of life, God remains completely in control of our lives. This is why Paul can affirm twice and without hesitation that nothing will separate us from His love (Romans 8:35 and Romans 8:39). Death ends the first list (“sword” Romans 8:35) and begins the second list of events (Romans 8:38 that have literally zero power to sever this restored relationship with the Living God.
If God is for us, who can be against us?