E. Our Assurance of Free- to the charge of God’s elect?
dom, 8:28-39 It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condem- 5 Assurance 5: Christ does
neth? It is Christ not condemn the believer
that died, yea rather, that a. He died for us
1 Assurance 1: God works 28 And we know that all is risen again, who is even at b. He arose for us
things out for those who things work together for good the right hand of God, who c. He was exalted for us
love Him to them that love God, to also maketh intercession for d. He intercedes for us
them who are the called ac- us.
cording to his purpose. 35 Who shall separate us 6 Assurance 6: Christ deliv-
2 Assurance 2: God has 29 For whom he did forek- from the love of Christ? shall ers the believer through
determined to fulfill His now, he also did predestinate tribulation, or distress, or per- the severest circumstances
purpose for the believer to be conformed to the image secution, or famine, or na-
a. To conform him to Christ of his Son, that he might be kedness, or peril, or sword?
b. To honor Christ the first-born among many 36 As it is written, For thy
brethren. sake we are killed all the day
3 Assurance 3: God has set 30 Moreover whom he did long; we are accounted as
the glorification of the predestinate, them he also sheep for the slaughter.
believer—once-for-all called: and whom he called, 37 Nay, in all these things
them he also justified: and we are more than conquerors
whom he justified, them he through him that loved us.
also glorified. 38 For I am persuaded, that 7 Assurance 7: Christ deliv-
4 Assurance 4: God has 31 What shall we then say to neither death, nor life, nor ers the believer through
acted for the believer, these things? If God be for angels, nor principalities, nor the most extreme experi-
not against him us, who can be against us? powers, nor things present, ences & forces
a. He is our Saviour 32 He that spared not his nor things to come,
own Son, but delivered him 39 Nor height, nor depth,
b. He is our Provider up for us all, how shall he not nor any other creature, shall
with him also freely give us be able to separate us from
all things? the love of God, which is in
c. He is our Justifier 33 Who shall lay any thing Christ Jesus our Lord.
GOD THE FATHER: HIS PROMISES AND BLESSINGS
E. Our Assurance of Freedom, 8:28-39
(8:28-39) Introduction—Predestination—Man, Struggles—Suffering: the glorious message of Romans is that God as-
sures deliverance (freedom) from struggling and suffering—through Christ. This is the whole point of all that has been writ-
ten before. Man desperately struggles against the pressures and forces both within himself and alien to himself. He struggles
against the weight and discouragement of trials; against the pollution and corruption of life; against the relentless accusations
and bombardments of conscience and law; against the pain and decay of his body; against the striking fear and hopelessness
of an eternal judgment hereafter. He struggles against the unknown and against pain, hurt, sorrow, loneliness, alienation, ag-
ing, death, and hell (cp. Gal.5:17). Somehow, through his suffering and struggle throughout life, he feels that his suffering
and struggling are due to a wrong relationship with God.
Therefore, man views his many problems as really being one supreme problem: how to get right with God. If he can establish
the right relationship with God, he feels sure God will help him through his trials and take care of his future hereafter.
This is the very message of Romans. Man needs to get right with God, for he is under the condemnation and wrath of God
(Ro.1:18-3:20). Man needs a right relationship with God; he needs to be justified, that is, declared righteous by God
(Ro.3:21-5:21). Man needs to be freed from the struggle of sin, for sin corrupts and leads to death (Ro.6:1-23). Man needs to
be freed from the bondage of law (spiritual legalism); for the law enslaves, accuses, condemns, and strikes hopelessness with-
in the heart (Ro.7:1-25).
“O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Ro.7:24).
“I thank God [that] Jesus Christ our Lord” shall free me from struggling and suffering
All the discussion in Chapter 8 up to this point has now moved to the summit. Those who love God and are called by Him
will definitely be freed from the bondages and corruptions of this life and ushered into glory. God assures this. Nothing, ab-
solutely nothing, shall prevent God’s settled plan and purpose from coming about in the life of the believer. God’s settled
plan and purpose for the universe shall be consummated. He has determined two supreme things (Ro.8:29).
⇒ Believers shall be conformed to the image of His dear Son (v.29).
⇒ His Son shall have many brothers, among whom He is to be honored as the first (the most preeminent) Person (v.29).
1. Assurance 1: God works things out for those who love Him (v.28).
2. Assurance 2: God has determined to fulfill His purpose for the believer (v.29).
3. Assurance 3: God has set the glorification of the believer—once-for-all (v.30).
4. Assurance 4: God has acted for the believer, not against him (v.31-33).
5. Assurance 5: Christ does not condemn the believer (v.34).
6. Assurance 6: Christ delivers the believer through the severest circumstances (v.35-37).
7. Assurance 7: Christ delivers the believer through the most extreme experiences and forces (v.38-39).
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