What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
With these words, Paul begins one of the most beloved, beautiful and memorable passages in all of Scripture, and the final and most compelling of his arguments to support the proposition that grace provides us with complete victory over sin. By grace we are justified before God, for we are justified by God. God so loved us that He was willing to give His own Son as the sacrifice for sin− He will not change His mind. We are co-heirs with Christ to all things; that is a certainty. No human or earthly circumstance can come between us; God has made it so: Who would dare to challenge His decision?
As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
Romans 8:36; Psalm 44:22
These verses seek to show that suffering and trial have long been the lot of God’s people on this earth, and trials will continue in this life for many Christians, but even suffering, natural death or persecution amount to but little when compared to the glory that is to come, for just as Jesus has overcome the world, so shall His people.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
As followers and co-heirs, we will not only survive the trails of this life, we will conquer them; we will overcome the world, its attractions, deceptions and hardships by His grace that we have attained through our faith in Jesus Christ. Dear reader, do not ever let anyone tell you otherwise, for the assurance of this promise is beyond question.
And with these words, Paul rests his case, for he has proven that grace has completely and totally defeated sin in all of its forms.