What a powerful message of love and life is found in the whole chapter of Romans 8. We will do our best to try to focus on the verses 38-39. Still, the introduction to Romans found in many bibles, provides a glimpse of Paul’s purpose for his writing of this letter. For this reason, especially chapters 1-8, has often been titled as Paul’s theological “last will and testament.” This introduction gives cause and reason for the length of Paul’s letter to the Romans as it is given to us.
A little aside before we get into the assignment; the reason I hold reading Romans from beginning to end is because it is something that can be done over and over again with no break! Each time it is read, new thoughts on faith and understanding will touch us with wonder. Romans comes to us from the faith of St. Paul. Paul’s message provides us with one thing I believe is the absolute truth of our faith. That is, “Who will separate us from the love of Christ” v. 35. Paul wrote from the depth of his divine faith, as given to him by The Holy Spirit of God, and taught by Christ Jesus, our Lord! Paul wonderfully believed as he wrote from the depth of his heart, that nothing at all can separate you and me from God’s love, nothing! Nothing that we do or think, nothing that we don’t fully understand, will separate us from Paul’s divine faith and/or direction. As it has been said, you can take it to the bank!
Paul wrote often about this eternal life giving Love as truly a gift from Christ. I use capital letters for the word Love because for Paul ‘Love’ is a word used to describe Jesus and His love for everyone in the world. From Paul’s epistle of I Corinthians we can read this passage which follows closely as to our reading in Romans. “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” I Cor. 13:7. A verse often used in the marriage of a man and woman.
Getting back to our assignment, read again verses 38 -39. “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor power, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, WILL BE ABLE TO SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD, IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD.” May we all be able to live within the power of this message of God’s promise, the gift of eternal love. In order that we may all live our life fully and with heavenly assurance. Friends may this be our blessing given by God. Amen
Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your love which makes life worth living, not only for us but for all people, everywhere. In Christ we live and pray. Amen.