Romans 8:34 (New Living Translation)
34 Who then will condemn us? No one — for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honour at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
Despite the continual disagreement in some quarters over election and predestination, I trust that you will accept that if you love God, then you are one of the elect! Being in a relationship of love with the one true God is the most amazing thing and we are the most privileged people on the planet.
Cath and I have been married for over 30 years and the foundation of the marriage is a strong, selfless love for each other. Cath does everything for me in love and I do everything for her in love. Every activity in the home, every duty and responsibility is carried out through the lens of love. I’m sure that if you were to spend any time in our house, you would undoubtedly see Cathryn busy doing something or other. I do some cooking but she does everything else. She cleans the house, she does the washing, she does the ironing. She does it all for me. I know that when I get home, I will step into a clean, tidy house. Why? Because she loves me and wants the best for me. I am blessed by who she is and by what she does for me. I don’t deserve any of it but she does it all the same. I can claim no credit for her actions. She does it entirely out of love.
How much more in the spiritual are we blessed by all that Christ is and does for us?
Verse 34 begins with the words ‘Who then will condemn us?’. Condemnation here is simply an attitude of judgement based on a perception of unworthiness. In other words, who can say that we don’t deserve what God has done for us? Who is saying that we will be declared guilty because we’re not worth saving?
If anyone has been reading Romans carefully, they will be of no doubt that none of us are worthy! We don’t deserve anything that we get from God. It is entirely because of His grace that we are saved. The question of ‘who then will condemn us?’ is probably rhetorical and doesn’t really need an answer. There is no one who can accuse because we don’t justify ourselves! It is Christ Jesus that died for us. The Lord of all glory chose to die on the cross for us. Even when we were still in our sin, Christ died for us. He was risen to life for us and He sits at the right hand of God interceding for us. We’re not worthy, but He certainly is!
In an increasingly busy culture, it is incredibly difficult for us to rest. May prayer today is that we learn to rest in all the provision of God. Whenever we are attacked, we try to work our way out of it, to find a solution. I pray that we find rest in our God who has done everything for us.