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Security in the Midst of Suffering (3 of 4)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
September 25, 2011
"In Christ" … we are safe and secure .. today and forever! And that is what the 8th chapter of Romans is all about. It begins with "no condemnation" in verse 1, "There is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION to those who are IN CHRIST Jesus."
What begins with "no condemnation" concludes with "no separation" beginning in verse 35 where Paul asks, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ" and then he answers that question in verse 39 declaring that "… nothing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Now you talk about two bookends of blessing! On one end is "no condemnation" and on the other end is "no separation." But don't forget what's in the middle! Verse 28, "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."
Wow! And you wonder why Romans 8 is my favorite chapter in the Bible! As we go through struggles as a result of our relationship with Jesus … as we go through suffering as a result of our relationship with Jesus … "in Christ" we are safe and secure from all alarm!
We're told by authorities that during major storms .. to seek shelter: head to your storm cellar, stay away from windows, get into your bathtub and place a protecting layer on top of yourself.
We're also told by THE AUTHORITY here in Romans 8 .. that during major struggles and suffering to seek the savior! For "in Christ" there is security. "In Christ" there is safety. Security and safety FOR every storm and IN every storm!
And that's what we're thinking about from Romans 8:
Security in the Midst of Suffering
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written: ???
" For Your sake we are killed all day long;? We are ...
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