For the past couple of posts we’ve been working through the book of Romans, albeit slowly, looking at Paul’s use of the word “all” and its synonyms and even use of definitive opposites (such as “nothing”). The point of this exercise is simply to emphasize that the Gospel of Christ is for ALL; Paul uses this letter to drive that point home to the Romans, to the Jews, and to us. And I find it interesting that he makes so many emphatic and definitive statements throughout the letter.
The previous posts have looked at the first five chapters so, moving into chapter six, verse 5 says that ALL of us who were baptized into Christ were baptized into His death. That is death from sin and birth into a new life He has given us; verse 7 “…ANYONE who has died has been freed from sin.” Verse 8 says He died this death once for ALL.
Chapter 7: 18 takes the negative by saying, “I know that NOTHING good lives in me, that is, my sinful nature.”
And we need to spend some time in chapter 8 from the beginning verse to the end so I’m just going to type them out.
Verse 1: “Therefore, there is now NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
9: “…And if ANYONE does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.”
22: “We know that the WHOLE CREATION has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.”
28: “And we know that in ALL things God works for the good of those who loved Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
32: “He Who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us ALL – how will He not also, along with Him graciously give us ALL things?”
36: “As it is written For your sake we face death all day long…”
37- 39: “No, in ALL these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels or demons, neither the present or 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 our Lord.”
Verses 28-39 in chapter 8 are often quoted but they are always worth reading again and again. It is overwhelming to think that no matter what we have done, how badly we have messed up and how much trouble we may have caused, God still loves us and that NOTHING in ALL creation can separate us from that love!