What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who is against us? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Tribulation or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? Romans 8:31,35
Three times in the New Testament we read the expression “the love of Christ”. First we will consider this phrase as it occurs in Romans 8.
The book of Romans presents to us the gospel of God concerning His Son (1:1,3). It is God’s good news to a world of sinners who have gone astray from Him. In chapters 1 through 5:11, we see how God has dealt with our sins, the sinful thoughts, words and deeds which we have committed. In chapters 5:12 through 8:39, we see how God has dealt with sin, the evil root within.
What a triumphant note, then, the close of chapter 8 presents to us! If God is for us, who can be against us? Who can bring an accusation against those whom God has justified, because of the work of His Son? Christ has died, but is risen, and is now at the right hand of God, and there He is interceding for us (v.34). The question is then asked, what can separate us from the love of Christ? The answer, of course, is that nothing can. Our sins cannot separate us from the love of Christ, for He has died for them. Present circumstances, no matter how trying or difficult they may be, cannot separate us from His love.
In fact, as we experience His help and support through difficult circumstances, we learn more of His unfailing love and care for us.
Whatever the trial – a loss of a job, the loss of health, the bereavement of a loved one, or even facing death itself – nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. “Having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end” (John 13:1).