A-Z: Famous stories from the Bible: The love of God in Christ

Definition

In his letter to the early church at Rome, Paul writes encouragingly about the difference it makes for Jesus’ followers to have God ‘on their side’. He explains that God works through everything that happens, for the good of those people who love him, who have been called to be his friends, according to his will.

Jesus on the crossWith God’s protection believers need not fear enemies. The fact that God freely gave up his own son, Jesus, for the sake of humankind means that he won’t hold back on whatever believers need. There is no-one who can accuse those whom God has chosen to be his. Since it is God who clears people of wrongdoing, who can condemn his people? Jesus Christ, who died and was raised back to life, is now at God’s right hand as a prayerful advocate on his followers’ behalf.

Paul asks rhetorically whether anything is capable of separating believers from the love of Jesus. Could trouble, need, persecution, famine, utter poverty, danger or battle create a division, or even imminent death? No! Because of the power and love of Jesus, his followers can be victorious. Paul is convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor devils, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, distances or anything at all in the whole of Creation will be able to separate Christians from the love of God shown in Jesus Christ.

The story illustrates:

  • The strength of God’s love.
  • The belief that God is omnipotent.
  • The belief that, whatever suffering Christians might have to endure, God will be with them and that, ultimately, they will be victorious as Jesus has defeated death and evil.

Related Topics

Big Ideas: Messiah, Christ, Jesus

Bible References

Romans 8:28, Romans 8:31-39
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