Romans 8:31

 

Romans 8:31 … If God is for us, who can be against us?

 

“If” in this passage is not a question. It is not, “What if God was for us?”  It is not, “If only God was for us.”

If God is for us, is a statement.

 

Romans 8:31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?

 

In response to what Paul has said about Christians being God’s children, about being co-heirs with Christ, and about Christians waiting for the redemption of their bodies. In view of this how could we question God’s love.

 

“If God is for us,” is a statement of fact based on the evidence already given.   The question is, in light of God being for us who is crazy enough to be against us.

 

There are only 2 people crazy enough to be against us. Who are they?  Satan and who else?  Yourself.

God loves us and is for us and we question His love.  We think He is punishing us and is allowing things to happen to us to pay us back.  We accuse ourselves of not being good enough or thatGod does not love us.

 

We can’t stand critical people but we are our own worst critic. “What is wrong with me.”  “I’m unlovable.”  “Don’t mess this up too.”  “What a loser.”  “I’m and idiot.”  “Why can’t I do anything right.”

You know the drill; you know all the negative talk and accusations you make against yourself and your character. It seems you are against yourself just like Satan is against you; but God is for you.  Listen, God is in your corner cheering you on not cutting you down.

 

Romans 8:31 … If God is for us, who can be against us?

 

Satan is against you just like He was against Jesus. Satan is an accuser, we saw that as we studied Zechariah 3 during Wednesday night Bible study.

 

Zechariah 3:1  Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him.

 

We see Satan as an accuser against Job.

Job 1:8  Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” 9  “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10  “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11  But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

 

Jesus even tells Peter that Satan wants to do to him what he did to Job.

Luke 22:31  “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat.

 

John tells us in Revelation that Satan accuse day and night before God.

Revelation 12:9 The great dragon was hurled down–that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. 10  Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.

 

“Who can be against us?” Satan is against you. Satan, is your accuser.  Satan wants to destroy you and devour you.

 

 

Satan is against you but he will not win. His accusations don’t hold water.  Satan’s accusations against you are not valid.  Satan may convince you to believe his lies but they are still lies.  You are not what Satan says about you.  You accuse yourself because you believe Satan’s lies instead of God’s forgiveness.  Remember, you are not what Satan says.

 

To get a taste of how Satan accuses us we just have to look to Washington, DC. (The hate, the anger, the lies.)  This year it is the Democrats searching for dirt on all of Trump’s nominees, in the past the Republicans did the same to Obama’s nominees.  During the primaries and election it was finding reasons why the other candidate was not worthy or qualified for the positon.  If you think politics is dirty and contentious you don’t understand how much Satan hates you.  Satan wants you to go to Hell.

 

John 10:10  The thief (Satan) comes only to steal and kill and destroy

 

1 Peter 5:8 … Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

 

Satan is a hungry, angry lion. He is hunting you down to accuse you, to destroy you.  Satan accuses you before God to no avail.  Satan wants to convince you God doesn’t love you and that God is against you.  If you believe his lies you will not surrender your life to Jesus and obey Him.  Please understand that God is for.

 

God is for you!

Satan comes into the courtroom to accuse you as the prosecuting attorney but Jesus is your defense attorney.  Guess who the Judge is?  Our Heavenly Father.  God is on your side!

 

Satan will whine and complain that it is not fair.  He is right, it is not fair but God made the rules of grace.

 

You hear the accusation that Satan is making against you. He lists all your sins, he has video proof of every sin.  You hang your head with guilt and shame.  Satan rests his case; you know Satan’s accusations are true, you are guilty and deserve to be punished.  But Jesus stands to defend you before the judge.

Jesus says, He is one of ours.

Father, he is your child.

Father, I died to pay his guilt.

Satan yells, he must be punished! Jesus says, he has already been justified.

 

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9  Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!

 

We are justified by the blood of Jesus which means, “no penalty” “no punishment for us.”

We have always heard that Justified means – Just as if I had never sinned. That gets us to the right conclusion and understanding.  But really Justified means – Just as if I had already spent eternity in hell and paid my penalty.

There was sin to be covered, the Father saw the sin and punished the sin.  Jesus was the one who took our penalty.  Jesus was punished for our sin.  That is why Paul started Romans 8 with such a positive, encouraging statement.

 

Romans 8:1  Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,

 

When we are in Christ we are not condemned; we are justified, there is no penalty for our sins.

Why? Because God is for us and not against us. He proved He was for us by sending Jesus.  (Ron taught us that Wednesday night in Bible study.)

 

John 3:16  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

 

Jesus came not to condemn the world but to save the world from sin. God is for us not against us.  God’s goal is not to condemn but to save.

We have had a wrong view of God. We think that God is out to get us because we are bad – He is waiting for me to make a mistake and then He is going to punish me.  That is Satan’s accusation against God, He is mean and unloving.  God is loving, full of grace – not wanting anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9).

 

God is on your side. He is for you.  You have been justified, no accusation from Satan or from your own lips will change His mind.

 

God has already dealt with your sins; He sent Jesus. Jesus died in our place.  God planned our salvation not our condemnation.

 

Romans 8:31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?

 

God is on your side! Are you on God’s side?

Have you accepted God’s justification?

God loves you so much. Will you accept His grace?

Do you know you need Him?  Have you ever sinned?  We have all sinned and thus we need a Savior.

 

Will you come today and hide behind Jesus?