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If God is for us, who can be against us?

Romans 8:31

Before David became Israelís king, his troubles were extremely severe. He had many enemies, and his life was in constant danger. In that situation, he learned not to depend upon himself, or his soldiers for safety, but upon God alone (see Psalms 3:1-6; 18:1-6; 27:1-3; 62:6 and 118:6).

It is very wonderful to be able to declare, like David, that God is on our side (Psalms 91 and 124). However, we certainly must not say any such thing in a proud manner (Proverbs 16:5). We know that we too were formerly enemies of God because of our evil deeds (3:23; 5:6-10). We could only become Godís people by his great kindness, and because of Christís death.

Paul does not intend us to think that Christians will have no enemies. Many people opposed Paul fiercely, and they caused him much pain and difficulty (2 Corinthians 11:23-26). In addition, the devil and his forces constantly oppose Godís people (1 Peter 5:8). Rather, Paul means that, in the end, Godís people will certainly overcome (Revelation 12:11; 1 Corinthians 15:57).

They do not overcome in their own strength, but because God fights for them (2 Corinthians 12:9-10; Revelation 19:11-16). This will not just happen at the end of the age - God is already fighting for them, now. That is how they can live for him in this evil world. That is how they can do Godís work. That is how they can stand for God even during their worst troubles. God is defending them; God is on their side. So, no evil power can in reality defeat them (8:35-39).

Next part: God's perfect love for people (Romans 8:32)


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