by Terry J. Hallock

If God Is for Us
Terry J. Hallock
Romans 8:28-39
August 13, 2000

Often when believers read the second sentence of Romans 8:31 their emphasis falls on the last half of that sentence, "...who can be against us?" Yet that declaration of liberty is solely dependent on whether the first half of sentence is true, "If God is for us..." If it is true that God is for us then it follows that no one can be against us. Yet if God isn't for me then what? "If God is for us..." Is He? How can I know?

Verses 29 & 30 give five reasons why you can be assured that God is for you and thus why you can stand in the hope that no one can be against you. Reason #1: "For those God foreknew..." God knows you! God knew you before you were even in your body. Before your mother and father started courting, God knew you. Before your Grandfather and Grandmother took that first buggy ride, God knew you. Before your Great-grandfather and Great-grandmother even met each other, God knew you. In fact, before one inch of this earth had been created by God's spoken will, He knew you!

Reason #2: "For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers." If you really understood what "predestined" means in God's language you wouldn't be able to stay seated where you are right now. You would start to jump and shout! "Predestined" literally means God knew your ending before your beginning and that ending He knew before your beginning is that you would become just like Jesus! The fight's fixed folks! The outcome has already been determined! You're going to be just like Jesus!

Reason #3: "And those he predestined, he also called..." God has called you up! No one may care enough about you to ever call you about anything or for anything. But God has called you up! No one may have ever seen you as worthy to be invited to be part of anything special. But God has called you up! He has called you up to call you o ...

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