No Separation from Christ

I meditate on Romans 8 frequently. It’s been a comfort to my soul during the most turbulent trials, struggles, and suffering but just recently I understood something from this passage which I hadn’t previously meditated on fully. And it’s worth meditating on. Here’s the relevant portion:

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? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 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 8:31-39)

Paul asks, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” There’s two components that are important within this passage. The first is that we have died with Christ and therefore our previous relationship with Satan is nullified under the law. We are no longer under any contractual obligation to obey our flesh, sin, or the devil.

The second is that we have been irrevocably united to Christ. These two points are connected. Our previous life is destroyed through the death of Jesus and our new marriage to Christ is solidified through his resurrection and will never be destroyed. Nothing can separate us from Christ because we are now part of this body.

Is there a power greater than the power of the Spirit? If not, we are secure.

Is there someone greater than God the Son? If not, we are secure. 

Is there someone who could amputate a part of the body of Christ? If not, we are secure.

We are secure brothers and sisters. God reigns as sole sovereign. All-powerful. All-knowing. All-loving. All in all. And we are united to Christ.  You could not more cut off the arm of Jesus Christ than you could separate yourself from him. Rest easy in that.