God is for us
What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Romans 8:31-34
From the text, Paul provides a proclamation designed to awaken the determination of believers to remain faithful in spite of everything. Paul builds his case for confidence in a characteristic question-and-answer style. These questions are asked in an important order. First, he draws our attention to the power and majesty of God—the Creator, who, as Paul has already established, is on our side. To live a victorious life, one hardly needs more than to know that God is for us. But there is more: God has done something that not only shows us that He is for us, but also accomplished what we needed to have done for us. He has redeemed us from sin through the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. If He has gone that far, it is unimaginable to think that He would then ignore us. The presence of God and the salvation of God are offered to encourage us in what would otherwise be an impossibly difficult life. It follows that the third question is a rhetorical question that reminds us of the absurdity of fear and discouragement. “For God himself has given us right standing with himself.” “People are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners” (Romans 4:5). Since our salvation depends on Him and Him alone, nobody else has the right to bring any charge against us—not even us ourselves. Furthermore, Christ Himself has shown by His example that it is possible to do the will of God while He was here on earth. Also, He died in our place at the cross so He could forgive us of our sin. Then, the next question is very relevant; “Who then will condemn us?” Christ has the right and He has the power. He is in the position to condemn us. But instead, He interceded for us. Instead of condemning us, He is pleading for our salvation, not on the basis of any goodness of our own, but on the basis of His own righteous death and resurrection. God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, has secured our good standing before Him not because of our meritorious acts but because we placed our faith in what Christ accomplished on our behalf.