Subtitle: On Condemnation & Redemption: A Lenten reflection-series based on Romans 8
Paul’s letter to the first century church in Rome, in many ways, is his gospel; his personal exposition of Christianity’s good news.
He writes of a fallen human nature incapable of reflecting clearly the glory of the Creator and the creation. And how God, through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, frees us from bondage to our brokenness. And what life in union with Jesus, empowered by God’s Spirit, looks like.
With the image of a law court as the unspoken, yet obvious backdrop, Paul pens a wonderfully rhetorical, even hymnic conclusion that is one part a confession of faith and another part a sermonic stem-winder. His words and ideas figuratively and literally tumble over themselves:
Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, or sword? … No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life nor angels nor rulers nor things present nor things to come nor powers 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 (Romans 8.35, 37-39)
And all of this in response to the question: In light of the good news of Christ Jesus, what or who can condemn us?
Paul answers: Nothing. No one. Not even ourselves.
More to come…
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