GOD PROMISES NO SEPARATION
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:38-39
Many years ago, I memorized Romans 8 because it is a special chapter in a special Bible book. It starts with a wonderful promise that there is no condemnation for believers (verse 1) and ends with another great promise – we can’t be separated from God. There are many other promises in between. Read it and count them.
Paul could have just said “nothing will separate us from the love of God in Jesus,” but he wanted to emphasize that truth so there is no doubt or exception to this promise. Thus, he uses a series of all-inclusive extremes to show everything possible included in God’s commitment to us.
“Death nor life.” Nothing that happens in life can come between us and God. Absolutely nothing. Not even death can separate us from Him (Colossians 2:11-14; 1 Corinthians 15:51-54). We have no need to fear death, for it brings us closer to God, not further.
“Angels nor demons.” Satan and his demons try to do all they can to separate us from God, but it can’t be done (1 John 14:4), and they know it. So, they tell us lies and try to use fear so we don’t believe and trust in God’s continuing presence in our lives. They can’t turn God from us, so they try to turn us from God. They can’t take our salvation, but they can take our joy and peace. Have they taken yours?
That’s what Satan tried to do with Job (Job 1-2). He tried to turn God against Job by accusing Job of obeying Him for material gain. It didn’t work. Then He tried to turn Job against God by taking everything but his wife from him, but that didn’t work either. Satan couldn’t forcibly come between God and Job, and he couldn’t do it by lies, deception, accusations, or pain and suffering. It just couldn’t be done, and it can’t be done with us, either.
“Present nor the future.” There’s nothing we can do now to turn God against us. Our salvation is eternal and secure, as is God’s presence in our lives. There’s nothing we can do in the future to change our relationship with God, so don’t live in fear.
“Any powers.” No demon, no government authority, no human being, no force of nature, not even Satan himself can separate us from God’s love.
“Height nor depth.” No matter how far we travel from God, we can’t get away from Him, either. No matter how high we go into the heavens or how low into the depths of the sea, He is still there loving us. Jonah ran from God and ended up in the belly of a large fish in the depths of the ocean (Jonah 1), but God was still with him and delivered him.
“Anything else in all creation.” In case he missed anything, Paul makes it clear nothing can separate us from God’s love. That includes us. We can’t do anything to separate ourselves from Him. There’s no sin for which He will turn us out. His unconditional love in Jesus will always be given to us, forever! He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
These special verses should be memorized by anyone who struggles with thinking they may have lost their salvation. If you fear being rejected by God or the possibility of turning from Him and being eternally lost, these are great verses and great promises to give you the truth and peace you need.
Are you “convinced” of this truth as Paul was? What difference does it make in your life knowing and believing these things?
INDIA UPDATE & PRAYER REQUEST: The situation is gradually improving in India. Pastors still have little food because people are afraid to come to church, and those who do come don’t have much to give. But food is becoming more and more available. We will continue to spend $2,000 a week on food for another 2 weeks, then taper back. We will then be able to focus on other ministries that have been set aside during this time: pastors’ conferences led by Pastor Moses, translation of books into Hindi and Spanish, book distribution and other ministries. Please pray and continue to give for these important services. They can’t be done without your financial help. Thanks!
cto Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
(India Outreach, Spiritual Warfare, Family Ministries, Counseling, World View)
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I have posted almost 40 blogs about God’s Promises to us today in my India and Spiritual Warfare blogs. If you would like a PDF document containing all of them, email me and I will send it. Jerry@Schmoyer.net