Romans Lesson 15 Day 5
My answers to BSF study questions
11. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
Paul lists many trying circumstances and he quotes a similar prophetic verse from Psalm 44:22. All of the examples refer to pressures that originate outside of us. Jesus also suffered persecution.
Commentaries vary in their interpretation of the sentence, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” Others point out that the Greek is ambiguous.
I do think that this question has been generally misunderstood. The apostle is referring to the persecutions and tribulations to which genuine Christians were exposed through their attachment to Christ, and the gracious provision God had made for their support and final salvation. As in this provision God had shown his infinite love to them in providing Jesus Christ as their sin-offering, and Jesus Christ had shown his love in suffering death upon the cross for them; so, here, he speaks of the love of the followers of God to that Christ who had first loved them.
Therefore the question is not, Who shall separate the love of Christ from us? or prevent Christ from loving us? but, Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Who or what shall be able to remove our affection from him? (Adam Clarke’s Commentary with emphasis added)
Others say it’s meant to reassure us of Christ’s love.
For any Christian who is discouraged this powerful passage gives assurance of Christ’s present love, active at every moment in the Christian’s life. Are any causes of discouragement greater than those Paul mentions? And if not, then we are never in this life separated from Christ’s love. Even in hardships we can be More than conquerors (v. 37). (Footnote in Spirit Filled Life Bible)
12. a. Yet in all these things…
The elect — those who are called according to his purpose.
We, the elect, are reassured that the Holy Spirit and Jesus intercede for us so that “we know all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 NKJV)”
b. I need the power of the Holy Spirit to continually teach me about the love of God.
That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it];
[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]! Ephesians 3:18-19 AMPC (emphasis added)
Oh to be like Mary of Bethany who sat at the feet of Jesus–ignoring social convention (sitting among the male guests), ignoring the household chores (while Martha slaved away getting angry), and worshiped him when others thought he was just a radical rabbi.
She trusted Jesus and loved him even when she didn’t understand why he didn’t come before her brother died. To this day, wherever the gospel is preached, she is admired for her devotion.
13. Jesus said, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.”
In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 ESV)
Things that weigh on my heart
- Family and friends who have left their first love
- Loved ones suffering from long-term illness
- Widespread fires, mudslides, earthquakes, floods, and terrorism
- Childhood illness, hatred, and division
So now I live with the confidence that there is nothing in the universe with the power to separate us from God’s love. I’m convinced that his love will triumph over death, life’s troubles, fallen angels, or dark rulers in the heavens. There is nothing in our present or future circumstances that can weaken his love. There is no power above us or beneath us–no power that could ever be found in the universe that can distance us from God’s passionate love, which is lavished upon us through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One! (Romans 8:38-39 TPT)
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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 15 Day 5 ~ Romans 8:35-39