By: Danny Wallace
Romans 8: 38-39 says it all, leaving nothing unsaid. This Gospel ends all religious division among us.
“Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:
They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.”
WE are taken out of this equation. This Gospel speaks to Christ’s love for us, not one time does it mention our love for Him. It speaks of Him embracing us, not us seeking His favor. We have been loved, and we have been forgiven. The true power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is completely one-sided. It is about God coming to us, not us coming to Him. It is about God forgiving all of our sins, not us continually seeking forgiveness for each new sin. This is a Star Trek love – surrounded by a force field that “nothing” can penetrate.
We preach a gospel far short of this glorious truth. We say that unbelief can separate us from God, but God says nothing has that power. We say that specific sin can separate us from God, but God says nothing can – not even the “worst” sins listed in Scripture.
We are not redeemed because of the depth of our love for God – we are redeemed forever because of His great love for the entire world. We are not righteous because within our belief system we now sin less – we are righteous because from the cross Jesus declared the entire world to be “sinless,“ and therefore, righteous.
We say there are two sides to everything, especially the Gospel. There is God’s part, and there is our part. God has done His part, but failure on our part renders God’s part null and void. God says the Gospel is one-sided. He didn’t need our help, otherwise He would asked for it.
God could have spared His precious Son and sacrificed mankind. Instead, God sacrificed His only Son to spare mankind.