Romans 8: 31-34, Four Questions
VV 31-34, 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 delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
Paul used an imaginary critique to asked him 4 rhetorical questions and he answered all of them.
First Question: v 31, ”what then shall say to these things?” What things? All the things preceding Romans 8: 31, i.e. wrath of God, grace of God, etc. How do we respond to these? We do what it says.
Second Question: v 32, ”If God is for us, who can be against us?” God is for us because He declared no condemnation on us, justified us, adopted us into Sonship, santcified us, etc. If God is for us, who cares who is against us? Martin Luther said, ” with God, one is a majority”.
Third Question: v 33, ”who shall bring a charge against God’s elect?” If ever we begin to doubt the love of God, look back to the cross. On the cross, God did not even spare his Only Son. This is an argument from greater to lesser. If God gave us His Only Son, He can give us anything. If God gave us His best, He will give us the rest.
Fourth Question: v 34, ”Who is he who condemns?” Our own heart can condemn us. But God said in Romans 8:1, ”there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”. Satan condemned us. Rev 12:10 b, ” for the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down”. But God justified us. John Newton said, ” I am a great sinner but Jesus is a great saviour”. Jesus died so that we can live. This is the final answer.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Jesus, Your final answer. You gave us Your Son to die for us on the cross to give us eternal life, in Jesus’ name, Amen.