Today’s passage: Romans 8:31-39
- The argument from verse 32 is a “greater to the lesser.” God already did the hardest thing. Christ’s death and suffering guarantees that God will finish what He started. God wouldn’t waste Christ’s death on the cross by failing to fulfill it’s purposes.
- The most powerful person in the world may speak condemnation on you. God’s power surpasses any power in this world. (Matthew 28:18, John 19:11)
- Christ has overcome the world. In Him, we are more than conquerors. (John 16:33)
Questions to consider:
- Who could defeat God’s plan? Which attributes of God give us the greatest reasons to feel safe in the center of His will and purpose for our life?
- Does this passage sound like it’s suggesting that life will be easy for Christians in this world? Why would life ever be hard for a follower of Christ? What kinds of responses should we expect to receive, at least occasionally, if we are being conformed to the image of Christ?
- Earlier in this chapter, we learned that the Holy Spirit prays for us perfectly. What does Jesus Christ do for us at the right hand of the Father when others might accuse us (Verse 34)? If Christ already paid the penalty for all our sin, can anyone accuse us of something and see us condemned?