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Security in the Midst of Suffering (2 of 4)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
August 28, 2011
Those that are "in Christ" are safe and secure forever. In Christ … Safe and Secure .. Forever! That's how the Apostle Paul concludes the 8th chapter of the book of Romans. Now he began the chapter with "no condemnation" and he ends the chapter with "no separation" and in between, "all things work together for good to those who love God."
Hey folks … "in Christ" provides us security in the midst of suffering. That's what we're going to hear the Apostle Paul say tonight as we pick up where we left off beginning in verse 31.
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 that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
It's here beginning in verse 31 that Paul begins raising a series of questions .. seven in all. And every question asked is then answered tell us that we are indeed secured "in Christ" .. in every situation we face. We are secure ...
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