What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 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? Romans 8:31-32 (NKJV)
What conclusion are we to draw from all of these things? The conclusion is that God is for us and if God is for us then who can be against us. The first part of this really isn’t a question. God is for us. Everything we looked at yesterday in Romans 8 is God acting for us. We must never forget that God has acted for us. Regardless of what happens in our lives, God has already demonstrated that He cares for us and that He had worked for our good.
This is something that is incredibly important for us to remember during the hard times of suffering. It is in these times when Satan will whisper in our ear, “What has God done for you? What has your service to God gotten you?” Critics of the Christian faith will attack your faith by pointing out all the things going wrong in your life and will tell you that God has not helped you at all. This is a lie. God has already accomplished a great many things for you and has demonstrated that He is for you, not against you.
When we properly understand this part of the question, then the second part of the question is quite powerful. Obviously, there are many who could be against us. Who can injure or destroy us? Who can ruin or wreck us? Who can defeat or conquer us? The answer is no one. So we can say with the Psalmist “The Lord is on my side and so I will not fear.” (Ps 118:6)
God gave up Jesus for us
The critics, the devil and our doubts will cry out, “Wait a second. I see what you are saying, but how can we be sure that God really will do what He has said?” The answer is in verse 32. The words “spared not” mean that God did not refuse or even hesitate to give Christ His Son for us. Imagine God weighing our eternal separation from Him against Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for our sins. At this point He had a choice to make. These were costly choices. He could let us suffer eternal separation from Him because our sins or He could send His Son to die as a sacrifice for our sins.
God knew that He wanted to save mankind from eternal separation from Him and the only way this could be accomplished would be for Christ to die on the cross for our sins. So God didn’t hesitate even for a second about what to do. In this God spared not His own Son and gave Him up for us all. Think about how great this is. We rebelled against God. We were justly condemned for our rebellion. Yet God took the initiative and sent His Son to come and die for our sins.
God will give us everything else
Paul’s point in the rest of verse 32 is that if God has given us His son, then won’t He do everything else. The idea here is that since God has already done the biggest thing He could possibly do in giving Jesus for us all. If God so willingly did that which is the greatest, then won’t He also do that which is less? The obvious answer is yes He will. All of the promises of God are “yes” and “amen” in Christ (2 Cor 1:20).
One of the most powerful things we can ever really get a hold of is what happened on the cross. There is nothing that God can do that will demonstrate His love for us more than the cross. On the cross, God acted for us and He acted in love. Jesus, not circumstances, guarantees God’s love for us because Jesus guarantees that God is for us not against us.