Romans 8:28-39


Again, I had the honor of doing the Epistle Reading at Church Yesterday

King James Version (KJV)

 28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

 29For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

 30Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

 31What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

 32He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

 33Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.

 34Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

 36As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

 37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

 38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

 39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Our Roots Never Get to the Bottom of Christ’s Love 

This is how we prove in experience that the depth and breadth of the love of Christ are endless. Our roots never get to the bottom of it and our broadening foundation never run out of rock to build on. I think these two images are meant to show us the same things as Romans 8:35, “Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.” The roots of our life are firmly held by the depths of Christ’s love. And the foundation of our life is firmly supported by the rock of Christ’s love. We cannot be plucked up or blown over. That is the point of Romans 8:35, “Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.”

God is calling us to new depths of love for each other and for those outside. If that is going to happen (and it is happening), something else must happen first (which is happening). Paul’s prayer must be answered:

[May God grant that we], being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge.

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