Sermon Notes–Pastor Milton Vincent
March 25, 2012–Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. -Romans 8:35-37
In these verses we are listening to a man who is full of confidence and boldness in these Gospel Truths.
“Paul is borne by a thermal current of assurance that God is for us.” -James Edwards
Note 3 Questions as we look at these truths:
1. Do you know what the greatest love of all is? (John 15:13)
2. Have you found the greatest love of all?
3. Are you secure in the greatest love of all?
When Paul is pondering separation, he is asking:
Is there anyone or anything that can make God stop loving us?
Is there anything or anyone that could move us from God’s reach?
3 CONFIDENT EXCLAMATIONS REGARDING OUR SECURITY AS CHRISTIANS IN CHRIST’S LOVE
1. No one and nothing can separate us from Christ’s love. (v. 35)
-In v. 35 Paul asks and gives examples of what can separate us from God’s love:
Tribulation: pressurized circumstances, loss of ease and comfort
Distress: focused on inward response, loss of calm, peace, freedom, options
Persecution: loss of acceptance, tolerance, affirmation
Famine: loss of food (Greek word for hunger)
Nakedness: loss of clothing
Peril: loss of security, safety
Sword: loss of life, for you or those you love
-Note: All these things carry the idea of being separated from something. They are separating circumstances.
-These things may separate us from things we value, but they can never separate us from God’s love.
-Who will separate…future tense. Paul is looking to the future and assessing whether God’s love will be with us tomorrow.
2. The separations we do experience are always for the sake of Christ who loves us. (v. 36)
-When painful circumstances do come, they come for Jesus’ sake.
-Paul quotes Psalm 44:22
-We may experience circumstances of real separation and the world looks at us as sheep to be slaughtered. Circumstances are allowed by God to serve His purpose; they are all under God’s providence.
-When tribulation, distress, persecution, etc (separating circumstances) do come, we can say that this is happening for Jesus’ sake.
-These kinds of separating circumstances are all governed and shaped by Jesus’ prayer life, and God intends to use them for our good.
-They work for God’s purposes. (Rom 8:28)
-In the midst of separating circumstances, we are richer in Christ than we could ever be.
3. We overwhelmingly triumph in all separating circumstances through Christ who loved us. (v.37)
-Overwhelmingly triumph = Greek, huper nikao = “Super Nike” (Nike means Victory)
-Present tense, we are continuously conquering.
-In all these things we have “Super Nike.” What things? The things listed in v. 35.
-”Super Nike” is experienced in suffering and loss.
-We all want to experience “Super Nike” but who wants to suffer?
-We often find overwhelming triumph in the middle of suffering and loss.
-In the context of this passage, “Super Nike” comes from Christ and in Him.
-Victory is not based on our performance.
-Victory is not dependant upon us.
-This “Super Nike” is ours, even in defeat.
God is always looking at us through the lens of justification. Even in times of personal defeat and sin, NOTHING can separate us from the love of Christ!