38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39 (NLT)
We have reached the last installment of the Romans 8 series. Roman 8 ends with a bang. It speaks of the power of God’s love for us. In the previous verses we learn that God loves us so much that he gave us his only Son. If he is willing to give us Jesus, what else will he hold back from us? Whatever we want in life, he is willing to give them to us. No matter what happened in the past, whether good or bad, God can turn them into good. All our troubles will have to make way for the love of God to come into our lives.
The verses above tell us further on how powerful this love is. It begins with the writer telling us that he is convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. The first lesson for us is, we must be convinced. This is a personal quest. No one can be convinced on your behalf. You have to do it yourself. Each of us must be convinced beyond doubt in our hearts that the love of God is able to help us to overcome every challenge in life and bring us prosperity in every area in life. Others around us can only assist us but we ourselves are the ones who need to be convinced of our God’s love for us.
If you have explored this blog, you would have found many comments from religious people who expected me to convince them that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. (I wonder why they bother to identify themselves as Christians in the first place?) One of their common tactics is to ask me about the Christians in poor countries like North Korea and Somalia. Here is their flow of logic:
1. There are Christians in poor countries.
2. Christians in poor countries must be poor.
3. As long as there are poor Christians in this world, the Gospel of Jesus Christ must be false.
Does the above sounds logical to you? Do you think these people were really sincere to learn, or were they just trying to sound smart without realizing that they were giving us the opposite impression of themselves? If you read their comments, you will be able to see that they are not only unconvinced of God’s love for them, they were actively refuse to be convinced that God loves them enough to prosper them and gives them health as their souls prosper. This is why the religious people are still under the bondage of religion.
In case there are people who do not understand, I will explain the flaws of the above logic. First, it is true that there are Christians in poor countries. However, it is never the will of God that everyone who lives in poor countries must be poor. If you read the Bible, you will find many believers were rich and stayed in poor countries. For example, the Bible said Isaac sowed in the famine and reaped a hundredfold. This tells us that you can live in a poor country and still be rich. Our prosperity is guaranteed at the Cross of Calvary and not on the economic condition in our countries. Jesus died poor for us to live rich despite the economic success of the country we live in.
As for the final point, the existence of poor Christians does not mean the Gospel of Jesus Christ is false. It only means that many Christians need to know the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They need to know that the God of the Bible is not the pervert who goes around making people poor, sick and create disasters for his glory. It is never the will of God for Christians to take up the Vow Of Poverty. It is never the will of God for Christians to be religious and worship theology. The greatest wish of God for every Christian is prosperity and health as our souls prosper. Once every Christian is convinced of this truth, there will be no lack among us.
Let us continue with the above verse. The subsequent part expounds on the power of God’s love.
“Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
There are 2 points here. They are:
1. The love of God is greater than everything else like:
a. death nor life
b. angels nor demons
c. our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow
d. the powers of hell
e. power in the sky above or in the earth below
f. all creation
2. The love of God is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The first point elaborates on the power of God’s love. This is the greatest power in the universe. It is greater than death nor life, angels nor demons, our worries about tomorrow, powers of hell, power in the sky above or in the earth below, nor in all creation. Once we have this power, we can overcome all the above powers. In other words, if you have this power, a few billion dollars a day is nothing for you.
So far so good but how are we going to get hold of this power? The second point tells us the answer. The love of God is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. The power of God’s love is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. It is in Jesus. You have to make Jesus your Lord if you want to attain the greatest power in all creation.
In practice, it means spending time with Jesus. Spend time to pray, read the Bible, listen to faith messages, fill you mind with godly and positive thoughts and your heart with his love. As you do that, you will be more and more convinced of his love for you. This love will give you the power to overcome every obstacle that comes your way.
Your future is glorious.