God is for us

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31 ESV

RELEVANT SCRIPTURES

Psalm 118:6
The LORD is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?

Isaiah 8:10
“Devise a plan, but it will be thwarted; State a proposal, but it will not stand, For God is with us.”

Isaiah 41:10
‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Matthew 1:23
“Behold! The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel” (which means, “God with us”).

SELECT COMMENTARY

Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible
What shall we then say to these things? Either to these afflictions, shall we murmur and repine at them? no, since they work together for our good, and are not to be compared with our future glory, which is certain; for if we suffer with, and for Christ, we shall be glorified together: or to these blessings just now mentioned, as the foreknowledge of God, divine predestination, effectual calling, free justification, and eternal glorification, what can be said to these? nothing can be added to them, they are a complete set of blessings, wanting nothing; nor can the greatness of them be fully expressed, or the freeness of God’s grace displayed in them, sufficiently declared: what remains for us to do, but to be thankful for them, and glory in them? or what can be said “against” them? nothing at all, they cannot be contradicted or gainsaid; they are true and faithful sayings; they can never be made void, and of no effect, by hell or earth; nor ought our unbelieving hearts to have anything to say against interest in them: or what is to be said, or inferred “from” them? why, the free, sovereign, unchangeable, and everlasting love of God, in providing and bestowing such benefits; and the certainty of salvation, which is infallibly secured hereby:

if God be for us; or, “seeing he is for us”, has an affection for us, which appears from the gift of himself, Son, and Spirit, and all the blessings of grace and glory; and is on our side: as that he is on the side of his people, is evident from his preservation of them from the evils of the world and their own corruptions; from the supports he gives them under afflictions and temptations; from his carrying on the work of grace upon them, notwithstanding all the opposition made unto it; and from their safety and security they enjoy by him, notwithstanding the power of their enemies; he is so for them, and on their side, as that he will certainly save them. This he has determined to do, he has sent his Son to obtain salvation for them, his Spirit to apply it to them, and keeps them by his power to the full enjoyment of it: and since this is the case,

who can be against us? none can be against them. There are some that cannot possibly be against them; if Jehovah the Father is not against them, the Son cannot be against them, nor the Spirit; good angels cannot be against them, so far from it, that they rejoice at their good, minister to them, and are a guard about them; the law cannot be against them, because it is fulfilled in them; nor justice, because it is satisfied, and all its demands answered: and though there may be some who may be against them, and oppose themselves to them, yet their opposition is to no purpose; they will never prevail over them to their ruin and destruction; as neither sin, nor Satan, nor the world, nor death itself.

MY PONDERING

These are deep and amazing questions. What is God for?

The Bible tells us directly, in spite of our biases. Nature reflects to us, despite her marring. Our conscience whispers to our souls while the noise of life carries on.

Often times what is hard is for our good because God is that awesome. Only He can turn the frown upside down for eternity. I mean just look at the Cross. Despicable and brutal yet wonderful and loving.

Paul answered this question for us so eloquently in one of my favorite verses, just 3 prior to the passage at hand, Romans 8:28; And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

If we have faith and believe that, it is so. If we don’t, it is not…at least, yet.

Ultimately, Satan is crushed. Jesus reigns on Earth without the angst of sin and our broken relationship is fully mended. Our perseverance is rewarded. Our current hard circumstances and momentary afflictions will seem like nothing when our eternal reality is revealed. Our reward is none other than Jesus. To be like Him and truly know Him. Yes, God is for us. Hang on brothers and sisters, for He is holding us while the preparation is underway.

MY PRAYER
Lord, some of the concepts in Your word are truly mind blowing. Help me truly take hold and enjoy the ride of life knowing deep down that as long as I respond to Your love with all of my heart, mind, soul and strength while trusting Your Spirit and Jesus’s mighty work to bridge the gap, my lot is sure and secure for Your Word says so. Amen and amen.

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