We all know the sting of rejection, some of us more than others. If you have faced rejection by someone who should have loved you – like a father or mother, a spouse or best friend or by one of your own children – then you know how deeply painful it is to be rejected, condemned and separated from someone you love.
In Romans 8, we find good news for the rejected.
Many theologians consider Romans 8 the most important chapter and crown jewel of the Bible. It’s theological depth delivers comfort and it’s most frequent mention of the Holy Spirit (over 20 times in just this one chapter) makes it a favorite.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1,2)
Romans 8 summarizes all that we have studied so far in Romans chapters one through seven. There is one resounding message – there is no rejection, no condemnation, and no separation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Not one of us who are in Christ Jesus will be condemned to hell! (Pause – do a happy dance – okay back to the text.)
38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38,39)
There is no condemnation for believers – right now and forever!
There is no separation from God’s love – right now and forever!
We will always wrestle with sin (Romans 7) but we do not have to do good works to avoid punishment. We are freed from the law to walk in the Spirit. Now we follow and obey God because we love him.
We may trip up, make mistakes, go astray and struggle a thousand times but there is still no condemnation for us.
Positionally in Christ we are forgiven but that does not mean God removes all of our struggles and problems. Instead, when we trip up –there is no condemnation. When we make mistakes – there is no condemnation. When we go astray – there is no condemnation and when we struggle day after day with our flesh, there is still no condemnation.
There is no rejection for those who are in Christ Jesus!
Now you may ask, what about 2 Corinthians 5:10 where it says:
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
One day we will all appear before the judgment seat of Christ but believers will not be judged for our sins. Isn’t that freeing to know! We have already been justified and declared righteous through Jesus’s blood on the cross.
Instead, we will receive rewards!
Friends, that’s grace at its best!
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The word “conqueror” in this passage reminds us, we are a war. We are fighting a spiritual battle every.single.day. And so while others may look at you and see your weaknesses or your failings, God looks at you and says, you are a conqueror through Jesus!
Actually – he says you are “MORE” than a conqueror through Him !
That is grace upon grace upon grace. God has poured his love out onto us! And he reassures us in verses 38 and 39, that absolutely NOTHING can separate us from the love of God.
So much in our lives can be lost or stripped away. There may be someone in your life who has rejected you and no longer loves you but God’s love is permanent, unchanging and forever.
Through Christ, there is no rejection.
Through Christ, there is no condemnation.
Through Christ, there is no separation.
Let your soul enter deeply into these truths and find rest and joy there.
You are loved with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3)