I could write a year’s worth of posts on Romans 8 alone. It is one of the richest and most beloved chapters in the whole Bible. But there is one thing that I have been dwelling on this year as it relates to this passage.
The final verses of the Romans 8 are by far the most well known. Verses 38-39 say:
38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
So what is that one thing I’ve been dwelling on?
Simply that nothing can separate us from the love of God if we are in Christ Jesus.
In the Greek, the word nothing means “NOTHING”. Nothing can separate us. Not any outside force and not anything that comes from within. This means that our sin, which was the source of our separation from God, is no longer sufficient to take us from Him love.
Think about that one for a minute.
Those who trust in Christ are so loved by God that even when we rebel against Him, He loves us with the same love that put Jesus on the cross. God does not hate us when we sin and love us when we do good. His love is all-encompassing for those who follow Jesus.
There is no sin that we can commit that has not already been forgiven on the cross. Jesus paid it all, and because He paid it all, our debts have been cleared. Any future sins do not incur greater debt. They have all been covered.
The mark of whether someone is truly “in Christ” is what they do with that information.
Does this reality lead you to deeper communion and gratefulness to God for His great mercy?
Does it look to you like a license to “have your cake and eat it too”? In other words, do you presume upon God’s grace and willing live in sin, thinking that you’ll be saved from hell?
We are called to holiness. We are called to live as Jesus lived. And we are given immeasurable grace as we seek to do that. For those who are in Christ, there is nothing in creation that can separate us from God’s love. There is nothing sweeter than that.