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Security in the Midst of Suffering (4 of 4)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
October 2, 2011
What an incredible journey we've been on together that began several weeks ago as we began our study of this 8th chapter of Romans. I must tell you that I never imagined that we would spend 14 sessions together unpacking this chapter.
It's like a gold miner who begins digging in an area believing there is gold .. anticipating there is gold and the more he digs, the more gold he finds. Well .. we've been digging now for 14 sessions and have unearthed some life-changing nuggets of truth.
And the over-riding nugget of truth of chapter 8 is this: IN CHRIST … WE ARE SAFE AND SECURE .. NOW AND FOREVER.
I hope that you know this by now: but chapter 8 begins with NO CONDEMNATION and ends with NO SEPARATION and in between these two bookends of blessing we find that "all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose."
As we conclude this 8th chapter tonight … let's back up and begin reading in verse 31 as we discover one last nugget of truth that gives us …
Security in the Midst of Suffering
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 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 accounted as sheep for the slaughter."
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded t ...
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