In one sense this whole passage is about God’s great love for us (8:39)!
- Paul starts the passage by talking about glory that will come in spite of our present sufferings (8:18-19), and later clarifies that the glory is a result of God’s work in our lives — we are predestined, called, justified, and glorified because God is ensuring that we will be “conformed to the image of His Son” (8:29-30).
- Even though all of creation is suffering because of the curse, it will be redeemed when we are redeemed (8:19).
- Our redemption starts with the gift of the Spirit, but ends with the redemption of our bodies (8:23).
- The gift of the Spirit helps us because the Spirit intercedes for us when we don’t know how to pray (8:26-30).
- Which is probably quite often, since Paul makes sure we understand that the Spirit intercedes “according to God’s will” (8:27).
- Which is also why we can be sure that “all things work together for good” for us (8:28).
- So, if God is for us, then who can be against us (8:31)?
- By giving us His Son, He gives us everything we need for life and salvation (8:32).
- God is the one who makes us righteous before Him (8:33).
- He does this through Jesus Christ, who died for us (8:34).
- Even though we will face suffering and persecution, we are victorious because of our relationship with Jesus (8:35-38).
- In fact, Jesus Himself is at the right hand of God and is interceding for us too (8:34).
- Taking all of that into account, there is absolutely nothing that can separate us from God’s love (8:38-39)!
God, in His love, is helping us to become holy, even in our prayer lives. Are you participating in that, or fighting against it? Being on this year long journey should help!
For worship: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Pdg-Ekd_7U