November 18 - The Certainty of Glory (Romans 8:31-39)
Prepare for Sunday worship by using the guide below.
Miguel Echevarria will continue teaching "Living as Exiles" in the youth room. This study considers instruction from Paul and Peter on living between the times.
Jon Goforth will continue teaching on the doctrine of man in the Adult 1 classroom.
One Thing Remains
How Firm A Foundation
O Fount of Love
O the Deep Deep Love of Jesus
Before the Throne of God Above
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 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.
In this beautiful conclusion to chapter 8, Paul lists three unchangeable, unshakable truths for the Christian to live free of anxiety over the sufferings of this present age. The Christian is to be convinced of the certainty of our final vindication because of the justifying verdict of God. Through these three questions, we can stand on a solid foundation throughout our lives. Please prayerfully consider how God's good promises offer us a certain hope in this life.
Review and Apply
What things have led you to doubt God's love this past few weeks?
In what ways presently, does 'God is for us' help with courage and faith?
How do you know that God is for you?
How does God's 'giving him up for us all' of Jesus increase our confidence in his promise of providing us all things? What are things that are needed?
How does Jesus' death, resurrection, ascension and intercession encourage us for the day of judgment?
In what ways have you felt forsaken of God? How does his promise of 38-39 challenge these feelings?
Which verse will come to your help next time you face suffering?