What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:31-32)
- How will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
- The argument is clear: If he has done the infinitely greater thing of killing Jesus that we might live, of making him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf that we might become the righteousness of God, then why would he not give us things for our good (8:28)?
- Graciously give: the words mean to give without merit.
- All things: When he says all things, what does he mean?
- All things future: Our eschatological inheritance, our glorification, or ordered salvation is secured in the reality of the death of Jesus for us.
- All things present: Not only is our eschatological inheritance secured in the reality of the death of Jesus, but our present endurance of suffering or blessing is secured by the death of Jesus for us. Look at 8:35. This list contains elements from the present created order around us. The glorious truth about this statement is that because of the death of Jesus on the cross for us, as his children, no matter what our spiritual or physical adversaries throw our way, God has a predetermined plan for that to benefit us both now and in eternity. We can all say with Joseph Genesis 50:20…As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. (Genesis 50:20 ESV)