This is my favourite chapter in the Bible, and many other people’s favourite too. There’s so much in it! We hear about how God’s sacrifice has taken away the barrier of sin and made us free to live in a personal relationship with Him. How living by the Spirit (another gift from God) brings peace and life. How we are God’s children and therefore co-heirs with Christ. How the coming glory is greater than any suffering this world can throw at us. How the Spirit is working in us when we’re weak. How God continues to bless us beyond saving us from death which we didn’t deserve in the first place. How Jesus loves us and is interceding for us. And how nothing of this world can rule over us because God’s love is bigger than anything and has claimed us for His own.
Doesn’t it just make you want to jump for joy? This passage just really shows God’s grace and generosity and love. The verse ‘If God is for us, who can be against us?’ is so simple and so powerful. It reminds me of when Jesus said “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:25-27.We are no longer limited as human, we have all power in Christ.
God has made us conquerors, co-heirs, but how often do we live like it? We’ve been given authority through the Creator of the Universe, but how often do we still act like slaves under sin? Head bowed, ashamed to proclaim the truth, trying to go unnoticed in society.
We read in Acts 8:4 ‘Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went’, these people had incredible faith, living in the victory; they’d been chased from their homes by the threat of being arrested, even killed, into a strange area, even more a minority, expecting they could also be in danger there, and continued to tell people about Jesus. We often struggle to simply tell our friends, who know and love us, about our faith. But if we want to see the Church grow like it did 2000 years ago, we need to get out there and share the gospel, living a life of mission. We need to pray for increased faith like the disciples did (Luke 17:5), step out of our comfort zones, speak with authority, and live like Jesus is coming back tomorrow.