Is There a Lawyer in the House? Part 2 of 3

Subtitle: On Condemnation & Redemption: A Lenten reflection-series based on Romans 8

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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…

© 2021 PRA

2 thoughts on “Is There a Lawyer in the House? Part 2 of 3

  1. Paul it was great to learn in part 2 that not even ourselves can separate or condemn us!! Whew!! I’m thankful that my faith had helped to hold me together over this last year!! I love the phrase “we are more than conquerors”…. it reminds me of a gospel song I used sing all the time. I’ll have to look that song up now!!

    Love

    I’ll let you know how Saturday’s Advocate presentation goes!! Really want to emphasize that we have power over our health and need to advocate for it. We shall see how it goes! I appreciate your response so much!

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  2. Loretta, I do not know the provenance of the saying – No one can beat you up worse than you – yet I do know that it is expressed in myriad ways and all to make the same point. In a word, often times we are our own worst enemy. Or, in another word, we oft expend little tolerance on our own behalf.

    Therefore, to believe, to know that from the Divine perspective of how God looks at us that we cannot condemn ourselves (tho’, yes, often we do!), is good news, indeed! In realizing this afresh, I am given to wonder, also anew, how and why it is that we humans frequently enough portray a God of judgment and wrath (perhaps, particularly in relation to our enemies) and less frequently a God of mercy. There must be…is something, I think, about our human sense of the desire and the need to right wrongs, especially when done unto us (and perhaps less so in regard to the wrongs we commit?) that conjures up in our minds and hearts an all-rectifying God the Judge. Nevertheless, Paul advocates that we contemplate, indeed, worship not a God, but rather the God of infinite mercy. Now, let us suppose, then, that God’s judgment is mercy, that is, withholding from us what we deserve. Does that then reframe my sense of relationship with myself and others? I believe so.

    As for Saturday and you, praying that God continually graces you to be your wonderful self and to do your wonderful stuff!

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