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Pastor Brant Seacrist

May 20, 2018

"NO SEPARATION"

TEXT: Romans 8: 31 - 39
READING:  Psalm 119: 97 - 112

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SUBJ: The argument for assurance rested in the finished work of Christ and the Father’s commitment to the Son and the Son’s present intercession before the Father.

AIM: That we might truly and experientially rest in the love of Christ with no fear of separation both now and forever.

INTR: The scriptures are to be spiritually understood but perceived in the mind. God’s people are taught to reason of the things of “righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come.” God’s people are to be thinkers.
1. Thus, Paul presents blessed truths in this chapter in a way as to convince both mind and heart of the things of Christ and their effects in us and for us.
2. While many refer to “blind faith;” it is anything but blind in that we are made to see Christ and those things whereby He has brought us to Himself.
3. We note a “Golden Chain” of eternal reasoning in vv. 29-30, but the whole chapter presents thoughts that are built on the one preceding. The thoughts presented here are a profound conclusion.

THESIS: In grasping the fact of the eternal love of God in Christ we are enabled by the Spirit to cling to God in Christ and to know that He will never let us go either from Him or from loving Him.

I. God is for us (vv. 31-34)
1. A question(s) to be often asked and answered with the answer provided here – we should reason.
1) There is a wonderful sense of advocacy stated in that the thought is turned to God.
2) The thought here is “since God is for us…” and we may be assured that the mission is done.
2. In v. 32 the Apostle takes us straight to the cross and the accomplishments of Christ on it and thereby resting the full weight of responsibility on God to react it.
1) Christ has done what was asked and therefore we must be freely given all that He purchased.
2) No charge to be brought forth – It is God that justifies
3) No condemnation – Christ has died and obtained full satisfaction for justice and in that He is risen “the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.”
3. Even now, He intercedes at the right hand of God and so represents us not in the ordinary sense of prayer,
1) It is rather that He as risen and ascended on the behalf of His people is there with the tokens of redemption confirming our salvation before the Father.
2) See Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25.
4. Four things to note: Christ has died; He is risen: He is at the right hand of God; He intercedes!

II. Things that oppose (vv. 35-36)
1. A further question takes us to the experience of the love of Christ and the fact that there is much in the world to challenge the fact of it.
2. Consider: 14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15.
1) So, we are made to experience the love of Christ and
2) That in an effectual way notwithstanding all that opposes.
3. The things that would conspire to separated us from Christ and His love in both fact and experience: tribulation or affliction; distress (If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself. 2 Timothy 2:13); persecution (from the world that hates Christ); deprivations of life such as famine, nakedness, peril (danger), sword.
4. Accounted as sheep for the slaughter (Psalm 44:22) in reference to that which the Apostles suffered and to which any of the saints may be subjected – for His sake.

III. More than conquerors (vv. 37-39).
1. What else is there if we win? Much more as we learn here.
2. Consider the Apostles: And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. Acts 5:41 AND the Thessalonian saints in their trial: Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer: 2 Thessalonians 1:5.
3. Not only then do we conquer, we gain so much more than a claim to victory:
1) We realize an increase of experience (out of which comes hope)
2) Faith is increased by which we are the more enabled to lay hold on Christ (Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, Philippians 3:8.
3) And experiencing already joys eternal increase: And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. 1 John 1:4.
4. John Bunyan’s autobiography was called Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners. We would hear the words of Paul: But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57.
5. Another list is presented with the same answer with the difference being the nature of things cited and the fact that we cannot be separated from the love of God. He cannot deny His Son and that is where we are found.