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Who Can Separate Us From Christ’s Love – Part 1

Tunnel between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Tennessee.  2013

Tunnel between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Tennessee. 2013

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Romans 8:35

Paul has asked three questions, all of which the implied answer is no one or nothing. No one can accuse us. No one can condemn us. No one can separate us from the love of Christ.

The Greek word for “who” is often translated as “what.” Whether it it’s a who or a what, it can’t separate us from Christ. This is both a promise and a historical fact. Nothing has ever been able to separate God’s chosen ones from the love of Christ.

Can tribulation? No! “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Tribulation are the troubles and problems that are part of the human experience. We live in a fallen world and are not isolated from its problems. Rain falls on everyone. But it can’t separate us from Jesus.

Can distress? No! It means a narrow place. When you are in dire straits. Or when you are between a rock and hard place. When it seems calamity is certain. When you have an electric bill due or they will cut it off. Tough places all, but cannot separate us from God’s love and provision.

Can persecution? No! “Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.” (John 15:20) To persecute comes from a word meaning to flee. This word is always used in context of the gospel. When you make a stand for the Gospel’s sake, you may have to suffer persecution. Many saints have been persecuted unto death. But none were separated from the love of Christ.

Can famine? No! “Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain  .” (1 Corinthians 4:11) Paul saw it all. In the last days there will be famines. But God shall supply. Ask for your daily bread. Elijah was supplied by ravens in time of famine. But even if you are destitute, you cannot be separated from God’s love.