WHO SHALL SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF CHRIST

WHO SHALL SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF CHRIST

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” Romans 8:35

Have you ever wondered if anyone can ever separate you from the love of Christ? Have you ever wondered if anything can ever make Him stop loving you? Of course you have. And the answers you came up with were God and sin, right?

Let’s face it, tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril and even the threat of arms; these are all the result of God turning His back on us, aren’t they? When you are faced with trouble, the first thought that comes to mind is? God doesn’t love me anymore. When you are broke and hungry? God doesn’t love me anymore. When you are mugged in the street or attacked in the office, God doesn’t love me anymore. To us, these are not the things that separate us from the love of Christ. These things happen BECAUSE we have been separated from the love of Christ, true?

So if that line of reasoning is true, then what was it that separated us from the love of Christ? And how was it able to do that?

Well beloved, if that question has ever crossed your mind, then I have bad news for you. Because you see, like everything else in the Bible, that is a very complex question that requires a very complex answer, so be prepared to be stuck here for quite a while. Now, let’s begin.

““For the mountains shall depart
And the hills be removed,
But My kindness shall not depart from you,
Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,”
Says the Lord, who has mercy on you.” Isaiah 54:10

That’s it. Nothing. The answer is nothing. ‘My kindness shall not depart from you nor shall my covenant of peace be removed’ says Dad, the Lord. So nothing can ever separate us from the love of God, the love of Christ and the love of the Holy Spirit, for They are all one, as Jesus says,

“I and My Father are one.” John 10:30

That was simple, wasn’t it? And it really is that simple. Nothing can ever separate anyone who believes in Jesus and His gift of redemption from the love of God and Christ; alright, and the Holy Spirit.

But why? How can this be?

Ah, for this, the reason is also simple, but the story is a little longer. You see, a long long time ago, Jesus came so that

“…as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13

He came to bring us back into right standing with God. He came to restore the broken relationship that we ourselves messed up through our sin. And this was not just His idea, it was God’s idea, just as Jesus told Nicodemus,

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

And how did He do this? He did this by bringing a new covenant, the covenant in which all who believed would receive complete remission of sins, the covenant sealed by His blood (Matthew 26:27-28).

So that is why God can say,

“Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Hebrews 10:17

“For this is like the waters of Noah to Me;
For as I have sworn
That the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth,
So have I sworn
That I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.” Isaiah 54:9

Because “As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12

And all this is because the blood of Christ gives us remission of all sins.

So beloved, let’s think humanly and logically. If

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17

Why would God send tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril and even the threat of arms against you? How can that be even a by-product, a result of Him turning His back on you, because why would He even turn His back on you?

So does that mean that God never turned His back on us, ever?

Yes, it means exactly that. On us, never. But on our representative, He did. For when Jesus hung on the cross, there was a moment when He cried,

“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Matthew 27:46

And that was because, as revealed to us by Isaiah, Jesus was being punished by God for our sins, so that we may be righteously forgiven, because Jesus took our place and our punishment. You see, in Isaiah it is written,

““For a mere moment I have forsaken you,
But with great mercies I will gather you.
With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment;
But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,”
Says the Lord, your Redeemer.” Isaiah 54:7-8

For a mere moment, He forsook Jesus, but with great mercies does our Father gather us. With a little wrath, He hid His face from Jesus, but with everlasting kindness does our Father have mercy on us. And because of all this,

“In righteousness you shall be established;
You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear;
And from terror, for it shall not come near you.
Indeed they shall surely assemble, but not because of Me.
Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake.” Isaiah 54:14-15

Also, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the Lord.” Isaiah 54:17

So how can God send tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril or even the threat of arms to punish you; or turn His back on you so that that all will happen? Doesn’t make sense, does it?

But here’s the elephant in the room. Is there someone or something that is trying to separate us from the love of Christ?

“Satan has asked excessively that [all of] you be given up to him [out of the power and keeping of God], that he might sift [all of] you like grain,” Luke 22:31 [AMPC]

Of course there is. And this is because, of us, Jesus said,

“They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” John 17:16

Now that we have been saved, we don’t belong here, we are not part of this mess. We have already been extricated spiritually, where it really matters, from this mess of a world. And that is why we have trouble. Because no one likes those who are different. Not us humans, not the animals, and certainly not the dark principalities that run around in this world.

Yet, we can take heart for though Jesus said,

“I do not pray that You should take them out of the world,” He also said, “but that You should keep them from the evil one.” John 17:15

So we are protected. We have our Father watching over us. And that is why Jesus could so confidently tell Simon,

“But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”” Luke 22:32

‘When’, not ‘if’, you have returned. So return to Him, we always shall, no matter how far we stray.

So beloved, even if you are facing some tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril or even the threat of arms, take heart, for

“I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

“Don’t be afraid—you’re not going to be embarrassed.
Don’t hold back—you’re not going to come up short.” Isaiah 54:4 [MSG]

Because our Father loves you and will never ever leave you.

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