Our Declaration of Freedom
Mount Everest in Nepal is the highest mountain in the world. Those who have climbed it have defied a thousand perils. There is a Mount Everest in the Bible. I'm not referring to Mount Nebo, or Ararat, or Sinai, or Carmel. When you ascend the slopes of this mountain you breathe celestial air. I'm referring to the lofty height to which we are carried in Romans chapter 8, verses 31-38.
Everything in the Book of Romans is preliminary to our greatest need. We read about man's enormous need and God's gracious provision through the coming of the eternal Son, Who came from heaven to be Emmanuel—God with us. The 10 commandments and all the Law given by God at Sinai told us how to live, but failed to give us the power to measure up. But it was a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. The Law in all its purity saved no one. But when the Law was weak due to the weakness of human flesh, God, we read in Romans 8:3, sent His own Son to deal with sin and justify guilty sinners. The Creator visiting earth and entering the human family as man is the greatest story ever told. It is amazing that the Almighty humbled Himself, made of Himself no reputation, and laid aside His timeless glory, to rescue Adam’s fallen race.
Chapter 1—says we all have failed to honour God or be thankful (1:18-23).
Chapter 2—tells us that those who had God’s Law failed to keep it (2:1-3).
Chapter 3—pronounces a guilty verdict on every human being (3:19).
Chapter 4—stresses that salvation is God's gift to all believers. (4:1-8).
Chapter 5—lists the blessings that float to us from the Cross (5:1-11).
Chapter 6—tells us we can overcome (6:12-14).
Chapter 7—faces the reality of the tension between man's nature and God's will. (7:15-23).
Chapter 8—Lists the amazing results of the Holy Spirit's work in a human heart giving us assurance and power in prayer, a living hope for eternity (Romans 8:1-39).
The book of Romans is like a mountain stream growing into a rushing river as it plunges forward. It is like a vast orchestra whose music builds from strength to strength until it becomes like the roar of thunder. By the 31st verse of chapter 8, all the trumpets are glowing and all the flags are unfurled and we are confronted with five questions.
• If God be for us, who can be against us?
• If He spared not His own Son, how shall He not with Him freely give us all things?
• Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect?
• Who is He that condemneth?
• Who shall separate us from the love of God?
We are standing on the top of Mount Everest. Every enemy is defeated. Every fear is cancelled. Every weakness is enveloped in God’s power. We are loved by God, indwelt by Christ, purchased by blood, adopted into the family of God, and guaranteed unending glory. I want to examine those five supreme questions of Romans 8. They are guaranteed to make you sing the Hallelujah Chorus.
Question 1—“If God before us, who can be against us?” We are defended and assured by infinite power. Oh, there are enemies who challenged us. The world, the flesh, and the devil. Death poses as an enemy. Death cannot separate us—in fact, it will take us into His presence. The pleasures of sin taunt us. The mysteries of suffering challenge us, but every enemy fights a losing battle. “Things present” means present circumstances. “Things to come” refers to the future.
Question 2—If God “spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32). The greater includes the lesser. The whole is the sum of all the parts. Calvary’s Love assures that God will not withhold any good thing from us (Psalm 84:11).
Question 3—“Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect?” Oh, Satan tries, but he is a defeated foe. Our consciences seek to destroy our peace, but God is greater than our hearts. And a hostile world may try to remind us of the past. It is all in vain. The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.
Question 4—“Who is he that condemneth?” Certainly not the broken Law, for Jesus, on our behalf, fulfilled every one of its demands. And now, clothed in His righteousness we have boldness before the throne of God. Can anyone indict us for sin? No! We have been justified, and that standing before God never changes.
Question 5—“Who shall separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus?” The list is impressive. Tribulation, distress, persecution, famines, nakedness, peril, sword. Death, life, principalities, powers, things present, things to come, height, death, or anything else! Can anything separate us from God’s love? No! Not even the devil himself—“principalities and powers.”
An old Swedish melody provides immortal music to these words.
“More secure is no one ever than the loved ones of the Saviour
Not yon star on high abiding, nor the bird in home nest hiding.
Neither life nor death can ever from the Lord His children sever
For His love and deep compassion comforts them in tribulation.”
Are you a child of God?
Are you trusting only in Him?
Then you are an heir of all things. You are a citizen of heaven. Jesus said, “all power is given unto ME in heaven and on earth.” He saves to the uttermost. His blood will never lose its power.
Fanny Crosby had the truth of Romans 8:31-35 singing in her soul when she wrote the gospel song we all enjoy.
“Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine
O what a foretaste of glory divine.
Heir of salvation, purchase of God
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Saviour all the day long,
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Saviour all the day long.
“But nothing about our Lord Jesus Christ has changed down to this very hour. His love has not changed. It hasn’t cooled off, and it needs no increase because He has already loved us with infinite love and there is no way that infinitude can be increased.”—A. W. Tozer.
What a tremendous mountain peak we have reached in Romans 8!