Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 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 8:35-39 ESV)
Paul concludes his argument by listing what I call “bookend arguments”. He gives extreme examples, and the implication is that those examples as well as everything between establishes, or founds his argument. So let’s look at the foundational bookends of the wonderful truth that nothing can separate us from Christ.
- Death / Life: Nothing physical can separate me from Christ (Psalm 23).
- Angels/ Rulers: Nothing spiritual, whether angelic or demonic can separate me from Christ. Reject hollywood’s projection of the demonic and angelic. Demons cannot possess a believer and if you are in Christ, nothing can take you out of Christ (John 10).
- Present/Future: No circumstance, whether now or one hundred years from now can take me from Christ.
- Natural Powers/ Supernatural Powers: Powerful natural forces like earthquakes and tornados and tsunamis can’t separate me from Christ. The government of the United States, powerful though it is, can’t separate me from Christ. They may take my head from my shoulders but they can never take me from Christ.
- Height/ Depth: There is no geographical location that can take me away from Christ. Psalm 139: 7ff.
- Any created thing: This is a junk drawer proof. God is the only “unmade” being. No one made God. God is eternally self-existent. God is. There is no time when God was not. Thus, everything else was made by God. Everything that exists was created by God. Thus, no created thing can separate me from Christ, including myself. That is clear, insofar as God started salvation. If salvation was my doing, then getting out of it would also be my doing. If salvation is God’s doing, then getting out of it would be…impossible. Jesus prays for us to be one with him and one with the Father in John 17: 21-24, and the Father answers that prayer as we see in Hebrews 6:19, our sure and steadfast anchor of the soul. Our God has begun and secured salvation in the love of Christ and nothing can separate us from him.